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Wii Internet Channel Now Available

by Steven Rodriguez - December 22, 2006, 12:33 am PST
Total comments: 68

The free trial version of the Wii Opera browser can now be obtained through the Wii Shop Channel.

Everyone in the world can now surf the Internet with the Wii remote. Nintendo just put the Wii Internet Channel up in the Wii Ware section of the Wii Shop Channel, and you can now hop on your console to download it. Weighing in at a hefty 278 blocks, the Opera-powered browser works just like a standard web browser, only designed for displaying webpages on your television screen.

The browser features the ability to zoom in to a page with the Wii controller's plus/minus buttons, an area for bookmarks and a special display mode that breaks up tables to make text very large for easy reading. Although you can't download MP3s or watch most types of video files, the Opera browser does support Flash. That means you can point your Wii to video sites like YouTube and watch Internet videos on your TV screen. Sweet!

The browser is kind of bare-bones, but Nintendo stresses that it is just a trial version of the software. More features could be added to the full version, which means the full version could also cost you some Wii Points when Nintendo makes it available. The trial version is free to download, though, so you might as well try it out. We're sure the first site you'll want to navigate to on your Wii is Nintendo World Report. As you'll soon see, we look sexy on your television screen. We designed it to be that way!

Talkback

WindyManSteven Rodriguez, Staff AlumnusDecember 21, 2006

I'm totally posting this from my Wii!

Me too! I got a shock when one of our ads played a sound bite! Now to wiicade.com...

Weasel47December 21, 2006

Me too! Me too!

WindyManSteven Rodriguez, Staff AlumnusDecember 21, 2006

Seriously, Youtube is awesome on the Wii. I can waste time watching videos on the tv from the comfort of my sofa chair!

Weasel47December 21, 2006

Youtube, you say?

Here's the best Youtube link to go to if you're reading this on your Wii:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScuUIjsr3Ds


(I used my computer to copy and paste this so I didn't have to memorize it and type it--has anyone found such a feature on the Wii yet?)

WuTangTurtleDecember 21, 2006

I wonder if nintendo realized we can now go onto chat rooms and talk to pediphiles.....

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusDecember 21, 2006

It's official, YouTube is the Wii's new killer app. I hope Opera implements a full-screen option for video in the final build.

YouTube already has a full-screen mode that looks great on Wii Opera. There is still a bar at the bottom with video controls and another bar with the Opera controls, but the video takes up the great majority of the screen.

Weasel47December 21, 2006

Here are a few more essential links to visit with your Wii:

http://www.fat-pie.com/supermario.htm

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/mario.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phTfYA0oxmk

Edit: Ok, apparently these links don't work on the Wii. Is it because they're trying to open in a new window from this site?

KDR_11kDecember 21, 2006

H*R is on TV!

TJ SpykeDecember 21, 2006

This is cool. Downloading was a pain though since it got errors, and i don't like how blurry everything is.

FamicomDecember 21, 2006

Lotta kinks to work out still:

-Limited Flash support (check gametrailers.com)
-It spits some sites right back to the homepage after a click or a scroll (gamespot.com)
-Gmail outright freezes the console.
-Some Flash sound lag; I think it occurs if you play around with the zoom while video is running, not sure of the trigger but it can happen.
-Support for WMV or QT streams would be nice (not expecting it though).
-Some pages have the Wii page scroll option, some have their own scrollbar. Probably a webcode thing, but kinda weird.

Not hating on it since it's beta though. Proper Youtube function is a big deal alone!

GoldenPhoenixDecember 21, 2006

It would be pretty funny if the Wii Internet Channel paved the way for the rebirth of WebTV!

WuTangTurtleDecember 21, 2006

Now if only u could multitask, like say pause a game, jump onto gamefaqs, and jump back to the game at hand....

TJ SpykeDecember 21, 2006

i have to agree with Famicom, it sucks that some sites cause it to kick you back to the start menu. Luckily this is just the beta (and that this will not replace my computer).

WPack911December 21, 2006

So writing this from my Wii right now, so awesome. face-icon-small-smile.gif

BranDonk KongDecember 21, 2006

Posting from my Wii! Wii really need USB keyboard support.

AcefonduDecember 21, 2006

Is there any chance of contracting a Wii Virus down the road with this?

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 21, 2006

Needs keyboard support and ad blocker...

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 21, 2006

Oh look, it's me!

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 21, 2006

I wish I didn't have to be at work so I could play with it!

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 21, 2006

Hmm, out of curiosity, can someone check java applet support?

If you want a link, try doing this test...

http://aceorganic.pearsoncmg.com/lite/browsercheckup/testLC.html

If the applet doesn't load I wonder if there is a way you can install java.... hrmm.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 22, 2006

Argh... This image...

http://www.wiicade.com/Images/Compat.jpg

...makes me a sad panda...

I guess that means the website for my place of employment won't run...

http://secondavesoftware.com


This sucks. Flash support is great, but not supporting Flash 8 is just ridiculous. I hope this is a consequence of the beta.

Edit: confirmed in the opera press release... Only Flash 7 is supported.

nitsu niflheimDecember 22, 2006

I was forced awake this morning by a strange noise, and when I looked around I saw that my Wii had come alive with blue light and the noise was coming from my Wii. Too bad it didn't download it for me, but I did after getting out of the shower.

MLS_man_64December 22, 2006

Why is everything so blurry?

It is unusable!

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusDecember 22, 2006

What gives? I wake up this morning and YouTube doesn't work anymore. Is YouTube trying to spite us? Anyone else experience this sudden turn of events.


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Why is everything so blurry?

It is unusable!


It's blurry because of the TV's resolution. Zoom in or press the 2 button to read.


CericDecember 22, 2006

I gave my impressions in the thread over in the Wii section.

SheckyDecember 22, 2006

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Originally posted by: Famicom
-Gmail outright freezes the console.



Worked for me... Checked a few messages OK.

Problems I found....

- Passwords are not masked when your entering them
- The "Back" button doesn't work (didn't go to the previous page and caused a freeze for me)

Edit: UncleBob wants an adblocker, I want an image blocker to I can block UncleBob's avatar face-icon-small-wink.gif

SheckyDecember 22, 2006

So this is a BETA right... are they taking bug reports? Is there an active avenue for submitting them?

LouieturkeyDecember 22, 2006

I couldn't get the Wii scroll arrows to work. I couldn't move any page I went to. I only played with it for five minutes though because I had to go to work. I'll see if I can get it going when I get home.

KDR_11kDecember 22, 2006

Needs more intermediate zoom levels so we can make Homestar Runner fill the entire screen.

SheckyDecember 22, 2006

Today 12/22... Check out Woot!

Read the description, then click on the product image at the top for:
1) One Bug report (javascript likely)
2) One FUNNY image! face-icon-small-smile.gif

CalibanDecember 22, 2006

I'm not going to type anything from my Wii (on NWR, I did for VGM) because I'v got my computer beside my tv, but I can see the usefullness of non-gamers browsing the internet with the Wii.

Edit: Nintendo needs to release a wireless keyboard, and Opera should add a version of their browser for those that have a HDTV.

SheckyDecember 22, 2006

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Originally posted by: Caliban
I'm not going to type anything from my Wii (on NWR, I did for VGM) because I'v got my computer beside my tv, but I can see the usefullness of non-gamers browsing the internet with the Wii.



Ditto, my computer is next to my TV. However what I would like to see is the ability to bookmark to some latest newscasts in full screen. That way someone not into PC's could just click favorites an then latest local news and be greated with video of the latest news cast. No webpage navagation needed.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 22, 2006

OH LOL, I CAN JUST GOTO WEATHER.COM INSTEAD FOR ACCURATE INFO NOW

AND I DID CONFIRM THAT WII INTERNET HAS NO PROBLEM DISPLAYING BOOBS

ShyGuyDecember 22, 2006

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Originally posted by: Bloodworth
What gives? I wake up this morning and YouTube doesn't work anymore. Is YouTube trying to spite us? Anyone else experience this sudden turn of events.


I can confirm. I hope the flash version gets upgraded. However, the timing of this "requirement" from Youtube is a little too much of a coincidence.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 22, 2006

The vast majority of FLV libraries and such are specific to Flash 8. I was actually shocked to see youtube run at all to be honest with you.

WindyManSteven Rodriguez, Staff AlumnusDecember 22, 2006

Youtube is working fine for me.

(Not posting from my Wii.)

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 22, 2006

Could this be an issue of how you are entering YouTube? There is a chance that 95% of youtube code is Flash7 compliant, but they do a check for flash 8 for that remaining 5% of code. If you figure out a way to enter the site without hitting one of these checks or you otherwise trick the check, it may still run mostly ok.

This would also explain why some people were having lockup issues with YouTube. I dunno.

ShyGuyDecember 22, 2006

I've tricked flash8 sites by changing the identifier on the flash7 plugin, but that's not an option here.

ThePermDecember 22, 2006

damn i missed out on youtube, this is from my wii

ThePermDecember 22, 2006
ChillerDecember 22, 2006

While I do find it to be a little gimmicky (especially on a standard-res set), and I do have my system set near my main computer, it may still be handy. I often have periods of time where I am mastering audio or video, during which I shut off my NIC to save resources (those plugins are very intensive). I often find myself wanting, or needing, to check a website while waiting the hour or so it takes to finish the processes, so this would allow me to do so somewhat more handily.

For those wondering, it seems Wii supports Flash 7 Mobile. That would explain some of the Flash woes (including the front page on NWR).

TJ SpykeDecember 22, 2006

Did anybody else have problems where sometimes clicking on a link doesn't work? Even on NWR I had to click on a link several times before it would start to load (other times it would work fine). I guess problems are to be expected since it's a beta version.

I wish they would also say how to add pages to your favorites, it took me awhile to figure that out.

UltimatePartyBearDecember 22, 2006

Internet Channel GET!

After all the "I'm typing this on my Wii!" fun ends, I don't think I'll ever want to go through this hassle again. First I've got to email some friends, though.

RobageejamminDecember 22, 2006

now posting on my wii!

very cool

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 22, 2006

Finally home and posting from my Wii. I wish Flash 8 was supported!

theratDecember 22, 2006

does a sd card in the system give it more virtual memory? some pages wont load due to memory restictions me thinks (ie: pandora doesnt work)

ThePermDecember 22, 2006

no, who knows how much ram the wii has, i think its prolly plenty for net stuff

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusDecember 22, 2006

Youtube is working fine again for me. Not sure what the deal was.

Tuxedo.BondDecember 22, 2006

Will the trial be deleted off your system or disabled after the full version is available?

MarioAllStarDecember 22, 2006

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Originally posted by: WolfPac_Ite
Will the trial be deleted off your system or disabled after the full version is available?

No, when the full version is released in March 2007, it will be a free download. Anyone who gets it before June will be able to keep it for free.

tonythekittyDecember 22, 2006

you must not have a hi def tv, or else there is something funny with your wii. it is legible for me from 15 feet away (36" screen) and more so with use of the Zoom buttons it becomes not just legible but crystal clear.

KDR_11kDecember 22, 2006

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Originally posted by: therat
does a sd card in the system give it more virtual memory? some pages wont load due to memory restictions me thinks (ie: pandora doesnt work)


Of course not, using flash as virtual memory is a quick way to get over the 100 000 or so rewrites flash memory can take.

theratDecember 24, 2006

true nuff... remmeber the n64 had that ram pack...they should release that for the wii, or something.

I believe Wii has over twice as much main memory (not including video memory) as the GameCube. GC had 24MB + 16MB = 40MB, so Wii has over 80MB. I've seen my Wii browser lock up on Flash-intensive sites (I'm not sure it is correctly reclaiming memory), but 80MB should be enough for standard browsing.

KnowsNothingDecember 24, 2006

Posting on wii ololol

KDR_11kDecember 24, 2006

It's so weak H*R desyncs because the video runs too slow.

eljefeDecember 26, 2006

valo via the net channel would be my killer app
but it takes too long to load.

also I just figured out if you press "2" in the net channel
it goes into SUPER-zoom, but compromises the original formatting of the site, and you still press "+" to zoom in further.

and + & -
raise and lower the volume
if you're listening to songs in Fotto Channel

back on topic
.: gmail works for me
.: youtube works most of the time
.: its glitched and sputtered and frozen thrice
.: It was the first thing I noticed and I'm still shocked at the loading times, blazing fast..

vuduJanuary 04, 2007

As many have pointed out, reading small text on my TV is nearly impossible.

I have a SDTV with composite cables. Would S-video cables improve this (I dont' think so, but I figured I'd ask)? How about if I upgrade to an EDTV+ and get component cables (I'm not going to; just curious)?

ThePermJanuary 04, 2007

use the + button

vuduJanuary 04, 2007

Thanks, Sherlock; that wasn't the question.

RhoqJanuary 04, 2007

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Originally posted by: vudu
Thanks, Sherlock; that wasn't the question.


To answer your question - Probably not. My friend has his Wii hooked-up to a 60" display it's barely readable without zooming (+).

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusJanuary 04, 2007

I'm using component cables on a standard def tv. Looks fine. No trouble reading.

vuduJanuary 04, 2007

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Originally posted by: Bloodworth
I'm using component cables on a standard def tv. Looks fine. No trouble reading.
Do you mean composite cables or do you mean enhanced def tv? Or am I just completely out of the loop for not knowing there's such as thing as an SDTV that takes component cables?

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusJanuary 04, 2007

A lot of standard sets take component. Much cleaner picture and better colors even though they don't do progressive scan.

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