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Posted 2007-04-12 by Tony Walsh
Opera Software announced today that its Opera-powered "Internet Channel" for Nintendo's Wii console will be available as a free download until the end of June, 2007. Although no price was mentioned post-June, Opera did state that once downloaded, the browser "is free for the lifetime of the system."

The Internet Channel has been improved since its initial launch as beta software. Most notably, the toolbar--which formerly obscured the lower 20% of the screen--can be hidden, and overall performance of the browser has been increased. Other adjustments include better zoom, search, scroll functions. The weakest new feature allows multiple cursors to be shown on the same page (if the users have multiple Wiimotes) in order to "point out interesting content."

I'm glad the toolbar is now optional, rather than required. Content-creators could certainly make better use of the screen real-estate. However, I'm not convinced adoption or usage of the browser will be widespread enough to justify a rush of Wii-specific content.
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