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Opera Talks Wii

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Hardware' started by Wii_Rulez, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Wii_Rulez

    Wii_Rulez Waluigi The Great

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    Why do you think Nintendo chose Opera for their Wii browser? There are a lot of browsers out there, and some are more popular than Opera?
    Opera is experienced in porting to many different devices and mobile phone platforms. We have long been a provider of full Web browser to a variety of devices, allowing users to access the entire Internet despite potential limitations of smaller device. Opera also features unique rendering technology. This means that if you are surfing the Web on your TV, Opera will not appear as it does on a PC. It will adapt the content of the page to suit the size of the screen. These capabilities, in addition to the speed and reliability of the browser, made Opera a natural choice for the Wii.

    How long have you had to develop the Opera software for the Wii?
    We have followed Nintendo’s development schedule for this project, but are unable to say more.

    What web standards will the browser support? The DS browser don’t support Flash or PDF, what about the Wii browser?
    Opera for Wii will support all the same Web standards that are included in Opera 9 for PCs and Macs. This desktop beta version is available now at this link: http://www.opera.com/download/index.dml?ver=9.0b This version does include Javascript. Whether plug-ins such as Flash will be supported in Opera on Wii has not yet been announced. Stay tuned!

    Will the browser be customisable? Will we see skins and “widgets” like in the PC version?
    Nintendo isn’t ready to discuss if there will be any user customization allowed for Opera on Wii. Opera’s desktop browser is highly customizable and “skinnable”. We have announced that Opera Widgets will be available on devices and it would be cool to see them on Wii.

    What functions will the Wii controller have? Will it act as the mouse pointer? Are we able to scroll or type using the functionality of the Wiimote?
    We aim to make a browsing experience that leverages the intuitive capabilities of the Wii remote. Opera for desktop PCs has the built in mouse gesture-based navigation, but how this might be available and mapped to the Wii remote hasn’t yet been revealed by Nintendo.

    Will Opera for Wii support tabbed browsing and bookmarks? And will we be able to have personalised bookmarks, so that each family member can have their own profile?
    Yes, Opera for Wii will include bookmarks. But Nintendo and Opera have not yet revealed specifics on the unique browser features on the Wii. More will be announced as the Wii launch approaches.

    Will the browser be sold as a separate item, like it is for the DS? If so, is it possible to “install” the browser rather than having to swap in the optical disc?
    The Opera browser is saved to the Flash ROM on the Wii console, and does not require a separate memory card as Opera for DS does. The browser can be launched in only a few seconds, immediately delivering a great user experience.

    What version of Opera is the browser based on? 8.5 or 9.0 ?
    Opera 9

    Will it support music and video? Will it be possible to stream videos and music?
    We are unable to comment on this at this time.

    Comparing to a PC display, roughly what resolution will Wii use for browsing?
    All we can say at this time is that the user interface for Opera on Wii will be customized to better suit a living room environment. For example, fonts will be larger and the user interface will be simplified so that the Web is easier to view and use from a distance while navigating with the Wii remote.

    Will it launch with the Wii?
    As mentioned before, Opera will not be sold separately on a game cartridge for Wii. We would like all Wii users to be able to use Opera to surf the Internet. The details of how exactly Opera will be available for browsing within Wii have not yet been announced by Nintendo.

    How hard was it to develop the Wii version compared to the PC and the DS version?
    There were no major challenges during our development of the Wii browser, since Opera has experience with porting to many different devices and mobile phone platforms. The biggest challenge has been to create the best “living room” Web experience, leveraging the unique capabilities of Wii. Opera has worked closely with Nintendo to achieve a breakthrough experience, especially in terms of incorporating the revolutionary Wii remote into the browsing experience.

    Do you think Wii will see more applications? Are you planning on developing anything else for Wii?
    Opera is very excited to be working on the Wii project, and we hope to continue to improve the Wii browsing experience by utilizing Opera’s unique capabilities. We would also love to see some interaction between the Wii and the DS browsers, but Nintendo has not announced any plans to do so yet. More info will come as the launch approaches.

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  2. MetroidZ

    MetroidZ Only took 4 years to get1

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    Cool, should be firefox tho :p
     
  3. King Wiired

    King Wiired HITLER ME JEZ

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    Thanks for this! :D
     
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    Yeah, does Opera have tabbed browsing like Firefox, because if it doesn't...I'll just use Opera and go to getfirefox.com and use Firefox instead...unless Nintendo disables downloading.:(
     
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    MetroidZ Only took 4 years to get1

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    yeh, opera has tabbed browsing. i dont think u will be able to download and install things :wtf:
     
  6. King Wiired

    King Wiired HITLER ME JEZ

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    Awww whaaat :tard: :(
     
  7. NateTheGreat

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    Yeah, it'll be nice to just browse the web, regardless, I guess.:D
     
  8. MetroidZ

    MetroidZ Only took 4 years to get1

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    i dunno how the wii works.
     
  9. Newkular

    Newkular Devil's Advocate

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    reviews of ds opera say its unbelievably slow.....granted its possible that the japanese version actually jumps to japanese servers.....but reviews arent that great... at least the two reviews i read...
     
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    Wii_Rulez Waluigi The Great

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    You have to take in account that DS is a handheld device and Wii isn't, so I'm sure Opera on Wii be just as fast as any internet browsers out now.
     
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    yeh, the wii can handle the speed.
     
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    Ya know, if you put Linux on an Xbox, it can web surf fairly well and it's supposed to be less powerful than Wii, so I don't think we have to worry too much.
     
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    yeah miyamoto compared it to turning on a tv speed wise
     
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    LOL, the Wii is a game console, not a PC. There is no way you can go download and install stuff, it doesn't even run an Apple or Microsoft OS. :sick:
     
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    Hmm, It will be nice to flick on and start up your browsing.. But unless Wii has a "desktop" style feature it will be almost usless
     
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    It will be useless? You can read the latest news on the wii, check a walktrough for a game you can't complete, check your mail etc.
    I'm looking forward to this, and especially the mouse gestures :)
     
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    You obviously have never used opera before.

    Opera is my browser of choice for obvious reasons, Firefox doesn't even come close, no bias. Firefox is literally a piece of crap compared to Opera one's you realize the power it has. And just an fyi, opera invented tabbed browsing. Opera has been around since 1995.

    Opera is the world's fastest, safest, smallest, most customizable, and most feature-rich browser. That is a FACT not an opinion. Opera is only 3.9MB, yet has tons and tons of features, to get even close to opera's functionality in firefox, you would have to install tons (literally tons) of extensions. And even after doing that, opera still has tons more features than firefox. Most importantly, features like MDI, fit to window width, trash can, etc, etc, etc.
     
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    Ya, and downloading stuff as said will likely be possible, but not nessecarily usable. Mainly because programs will need an operating system such as windows or mac os. And putting windows on will be hard without being able to change the boot drive as xp will not fit on the internal memory and the chances that we can boot from a thumb drive is very poor.
     
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    Lord Haku I have returned

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    What the wii needs is a keyboard to go with Opera
     

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