Opera browser is available for download on Nintendo’s game console, Wii.
Nintendo is currently offering a free trial of Opera for Wii which is now available for download. The release of the final version of the Opera browser for Wii is currently scheduled for late March 2007.
„We are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver our browser to Wii and let the world see what Opera is capable of on a game console,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. „Wii users will enjoy navigating the Web with the flick of the Wii Remote while viewing their favorite content with ease from the TV screen. We are proud of our product and are working hard to make the final version of Opera as revolutionary as the Wii itself.”
The Wii Remote has made it possible to surf the Web in a new way with the Opera browser on your TV. The on-screen keyboard allows you to input text by pointing the Wii Remote to select the letter. Wii has a predictive text feature to auto-complete words and URLs.
Opera unleashes its new Intelligent Zoom technology for the first time on the Wii. You have to point the Wii Remote at an object on the page and zoom in on that object with the + button. Once zoomed in, the Wii Remote allows to pan around the page while remaining in zoom mode. By pointing the Wii Remote at the TV and pressing the B button, Wii users can simply move the Wii Remote up or down to scroll a page.
To view the Web page in new way, select single column mode to get your content stacked. This mode is similar to Opera’s Small Screen Rendering technology for mobile phones and other small screen devices, and is useful when viewing content from a distance.
Opera also offers full support for AJAX-based applications in its browser for Wii.
Opera for Wii will remain a free download until June 30, 2007. After June 30, Opera will be available for download from the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii points. Users who download Opera before June 30, 2007, can continue to use the browser at no cost for the lifetime of the Wii system.