Nintendo Wii will come with Opera browser

Nintendo's next-generation Wii video game console will feature the Opera browser, Opera Software announced on Wednesday. Read this blog post by Leslie Katz on News Blog.

Nintendo's next-generation Wii video game console will feature the Opera browser, Opera Software announced on Wednesday.

Wii users will browse the Internet using their consoles, navigating sites via the new Wii remote controller, a two-handed, motion-sensitive system that allows players to mimic actions on-screen with the movement of their hands.

"For our Wii console launch in 2006, we required a browser that was fast and secure, with support for the latest standards, including AJAX," said Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager of Nintendo's Integrated Research & Development Division.

Earlier this year, Oslo, Norway-based Opera and Nintendo announced a partnership to deliver a version of the Opera browser for Nintendo's DS handheld. The Nintendo DS browser is scheduled for release in Japan this summer.

The Wii, expected to come out in the fourth quarter of this year, will go head-to-head with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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