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!