OSNews on the Wii

Haarvard of Opera Software was very kind to snapshot two pictures for me, showing OSNews rendering on his TV, through the Nintento Wii and the newly released Opera version for it. We already had over about 10 unique hits with it since the browser got released last night!

OSNews on the Opera Nintento Wii

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Gianluca wrote on December 23rd, 2006 at 10:19 AM PST:

One of those ten was me =)
Here some screens picked trough DV acquisition:

Buck wrote on December 24th, 2006 at 8:43 AM PST:

Wow, what’s that font they’re using there?

shootbag wrote on December 24th, 2006 at 9:20 AM PST:

now THAT, my friend, is why i am not getting a PS3. ol?!

actually theres also the price and availability, not to mention the eBay-only buying route, nothing but over-hyped hassle.

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Eugenia wrote on December 24th, 2006 at 9:39 AM PST:

>now THAT, my friend, is why i am not getting a PS3.

The PS3 comes with a browser by default, a Netfront-based one I believe.

deuschebag wrote on December 25th, 2006 at 1:40 AM PST:


timofonic wrote on December 25th, 2006 at 12:07 PM PST:

Yes, but it is a lot worser than most modern browsers out there. Check the Ars Technica review and you will be scared of PS3.

Buck wrote on December 25th, 2006 at 12:19 PM PST:

Well, it turns out the font itself is named “Wii NTLG PGothic JPN Regular” and is based on a font called “New Type-labo Gothic” from a japanese font company “Type-Labo” (http://www.type-labo.jp/Kanawaku.html)

Gianluca wrote on December 26th, 2006 at 5:01 AM PST:

After playing around for a little, i can say it’s a pretty good beta. It’s practically a 1:1 port of the web engine of the ’standard’ Opera, because it can browse even complex sites like gmail and google maps and is really fast at rendering things : maybe is not a surprise because after all the Wii has a pretty fast PowerPc processor, but even knowing that i was surprised.
Said that, is very clear that there a bunch of things to be ironed out before going final. There are bugs and often they appears in sites with flash. The interface can be tweaked: the navigation bar is huge (need auto hide?), scrolling should be handled better (faster!), the dimension of the window does not occupies all the space of the tv (is due to something about the ’safe area’ for not risking of cutting visible things, but i think that the area should be customizable) and some useful things are missing (need cronology!). A way of saving content to the local storage would be nice.
If the opera guys can fix these issues for the final, it will result in a really good browser.

p13 wrote on December 26th, 2006 at 7:02 AM PST:


I have to agree with you on the interface issues, we definately need some way to hide that huge bar at the bottom.

I also experienced some crashes (wii reboots), not that that’s such a big problem, it reboots pretty fast.

You can save jpegs to SD i think, haven’t tried yet though.

p13 wrote on December 26th, 2006 at 10:49 AM PST:

I bought a wii just before christmas and installed the browser right away.

Everything works, even youtube and video google flash movies.

it browses a LOT faster than the psp and my 770.

– Kevin

p13 wrote on December 27th, 2006 at 12:11 PM PST:

posting with my wii right now … although typing is a bit of a weird and tricky process, iam getting better at it.us
As for the rendering width issue, maybe this can be alleviated with the use of composite cables since it’s likely to be an overscan protection.
i’ll have to look into it.us

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