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Wii Internet shopping channel is a big hit

April 19th, 2007

The software companies of Opera and Nintendo announced last week that they were releasing the full version of the Internet Channel that is powered by the Opera browser. You can download the Internet channel now from the Wii Shop for free.

The full version of the Internet Channel will be available for purchase on June 30. Until then, you can download the trial version for free on wii.nintendo.com.

The new Wii Internet Shopping Channel, powered by Opera Browser, allows the use of multiple remotes to point out items on a page.

The new Wii Internet Shopping Channel, powered by Opera Browser, allows the use of multiple remotes to point out items on a page.

Men aren’t the only ones who are targeted when developing the Wii. Now that the Wii has introduced an Internet connection, it is also appealing to women. Nintendo has tried to design it so that it appeals to everyone in the family.

Nintendo says that they have used feedback from the original version of the Internet channel to make a better experience for the entire family. Along with parental controls, the new Internet Channel also has new living room activities for families to use for things like researching school projects and allows the use of multiple remotes to point out items on a page.

Providing services like these can be very useful and easy to use. On a computer, you use software called a browser to view Web sites and the Internet Channel on Wii is based off of a browser called Opera, which is developed by Opera Software. Opera is a software company that works hand-in-hand with Nintendo.

According to Wii.com, “Opera was originally a browser designed for PC’s, but seeing how the browser’s performance was being noted for its stability and performance on devices with limited features like a cell phone, we decided to go with Opera because we felt that is was suited for Wii.”

The Internet Channel was created from the concept of bringing the Internet to the living room, from the very beginning of its development.

As the developers of the Wii were debating on what would be the best way to display Web sites on Wii, they came up with a vision where a person is able to casually sit on the couch and be able to just browse through the Web sites with one hand.
Opera Software understood this vision of theirs and from that point on, the differences they once had regarding our goals had started to drift away.

Not everyone has positive feelings towards the Internet connection but, according to a worker at Nintendo, it will quickly grow on you. On the Wii Web site, this worker makes readers aware of his experience by saying, “Honestly, I first had negative opinions about the Internet Channel. But when I tried the Internet Channel with my son at home, we had a blast. He got really excited when I zoomed in on pictures of big commercial vehicles like a trash pick-up truck on the TV! That made me realize that this could have only happened on a TV.”

No matter who you are, you can enjoy the Nintendo Wii. Most importantly you can make it family time. Instead of trying to pull kids away from the Wii, they can now come together and enjoy it as a whole family.