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Wii Opera Browser is Free Until Next Year

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the because-web-browsing-on-my-wii-sounds-fun dept.

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Wowzer writes "Nintendo is serious about giving casual game console users multi-functionality by offering not just a weather, news, and photo channels, but a free internet browser with the Wii at the November 19th U.S. launch. From the article: 'Opera's full Web browser is available for download from the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo has stated that they will offer Opera free of charge as a temporary promotion for all [worldwide] Wii users until June 2007.'"

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213 comments

Let me be the first to say... (1)

AlexMax2742 (602517) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204263)

Wiiiiiiiiii!

I love Opera, but the fact that they were going to want to charge money for it was a little meh, though I was more than happy to pay for it. The fact that it's free until 2007 seals the deal for me.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

kirun (658684) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204451)

If you love Opera on your PC, what would be the point of using it on a lower-resolution TV instead?

I agree though, Wiiiiiiiiii! (Just pwii, er, pre-ordered.)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (5, Insightful)

normal_guy (676813) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204483)

For me it's not a matter of resolution, but seating comfort. My sofa trumps my desk chair.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204621)

Where'd you pre-order from? Last I heard nobody was accepting pre-orders.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204773)

Lik-Sang [lik-sang.com] appears to be taking pre-orders, though without stating price nor release date.
I think it's a pretty safe bet though, since Lik-Sang are pretty well priced usually. (Note: I live in a country with 25% sales tax)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (2, Informative)

Yaotzin (827566) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206573)

But the region setting on it will probably be US or Japan which means that you can't buy any games for the Wii in Europe...

Jeg kan se du er fra Sverige (1)

empaler (130732) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206727)

Nåhja, men hvis jeg alligevel er i færd med at bestille maskine kan jeg lige så godt bestille spil.
 
Desuden har jeg kigget lidt på priserne, og som regel bliver spil+fragt fra Lik-sang billigere end at gå ned i en lokal forretning for at købe det.
 
På plussiden er det fremme før det har premiere i Danmark, på minussiden risikerer jeg ofte at spillet kan være på Japansk.
 
OTOH, there's been differing reports on whether or not there will be a region setting at all. We shall watch... and pray.
 
(To all non-Scandinavians: Sorry, but it'd have been uninteresting for you anyway if I'd written the first part in English)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

kirun (658684) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205015)

gameplay.com [gameplay.com] . The pre-orders weren't there last time I checked, and I jumped in today when I saw them. They do warn that they don't know what their allocation is yet, but they're upfront enough to tell you so in red letters as the first thing on the page. The stuff I've bought there in the past has come on time, and the one order they made an error on got exchanged with no hassle.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

johnsmith_12345 (921258) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206919)

Amazon was accepting preorders for a few hours but that is finished.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Beale (676138) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206229)

Well, you could always play flash games with your Wiimote... To be honest, I probably wouldn't pay for it, but if it's free, you might as well.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

DittoBox (978894) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204515)

Wii don't think these dumb 'Wii' jokes are funny anymore.

Capiish?

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204627)

Capiish?

Wii, Monsieur

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

kirun (658684) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204673)

In other words, Wii are not amused?

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1, Interesting)

ArwynH (883499) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205187)

Wiill you cut it wiith the Wii jokes alwiidy!

Ok. Maybe that was overdoing it a little, but you got to hand it to Nintendo, their choice of name is pure genius. PS3? Xbox 360? Revolution? Just names! But wii can have so much fun wiith the Wii now can't wii. ^_^

Preiiii-orders (2, Insightful)

BlackIcejane (1004346) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205207)

In canada you can pre order a Wii at Toys R Us.

Got the bundel deal (one wii two controlers and 2 games) under 300 and all for a refundable 50$ cdn

Also put in a pre order for zelda!

Now all I have to do is waite for Nov!

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205477)

Wii don't think these dumb 'Wii' jokes are funny anymore.

So wii've been told.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204853)

I love Opera too, but the ability to use the web on my gaming console wasn't enough of a draw that I would have paid extra for it. With it being free, I'll download it and probably play with it a bit, but I doubt it will really see much use. I already have my computer in the living room if I need some webbrowsing.

Web browser? (4, Funny)

!ramirez (106823) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204267)

Wouldn't this be a 'Wiib Browser'?

Re:Web browser? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204549)

zofmg stfu cunt-ear

Uh ? (0)

koh (124962) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204269)

Isn't Opera free already ?

Re:Uh ? (2, Informative)

aleksiel (678251) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204315)

not an opera that works on the wii.
the original plan was to charge for it (the opera for the DS will cost money)

Re:Uh ? (1)

fohat (168135) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204387)

I believe it was about a year ago that they stopped charging for it. I know this, because I bought a license about a month before they made it free... (a quick google search reveals it was 1 year and 6 days ago :)

This is a good move by Nintendo I think, but I will hope that in June they change their minds and leave it free.

Re:Uh ? (1, Troll)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204407)

Only if you want free ads...

Re:Uh ? (1)

creepynut (933825) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204585)

When was the last time you checked Opera's website? Any time in the past year since they released it free? :)

Re:Uh ? (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205841)

Funny... Why didn't they announce that on Slashdot? :P

Re:Uh ? (1)

Atraxen (790188) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206041)

Re:Uh ? (3, Funny)

daddymac (244954) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206965)

Funny. Why didn't they announce that on Slashdot, and then again the next day?

Re:Uh ? (1)

radish (98371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206045)

I have no idea [slashdot.org] :)

Re:Uh ? (1)

franksands (938435) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206169)

They did. Here is the story [slashdot.org] .

Re:Uh ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204913)

and only if you want a version that is more than a year old. They got rid of the ads and went freeware for windows, mac, and linux around a year ago.

Re:Uh ? (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206849)

The last version I saw was 1.0 from a long time ago. Since then, Opera been off my radar screen until I saw this article that it's going to be on the Wii (which I'm planning to pre-order).

Re:Uh ? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205413)

Only if you want free ads...

That's kind of like saying that using Linux requires you to compile everything by hand. It may have been true once, but the info is out of date.

Re:Uh ? (1)

bunratty (545641) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205583)

Oh, Linux lets you use a compiler now, instead of forcing you to compile everything by hand? Whew, that's certainly going to make things much easier!

Re:Uh ? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205703)

Oh, Linux lets you use a compiler now, instead of forcing you to compile everything by hand? Whew, that's certainly going to make things much easier!

Absolutely! I nearly got carpal tunnel syndrome from moving those magnets around, flipping bits on the disk. (Though it did help me with fine motor control.) And don't get me started on the piles of scratch paper I used to go through!

Re:Uh ? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205677)

"Only if you want free ads..."

Opera isn't ad supported.

Re:Uh ? (4, Informative)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204743)

Opera for PC is free. Opera for embedded systems like your phone, PDA, or Wii costs money, but usually that cost is hidden in the price of the product.

Re:Uh ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16206087)

Let me add that Opera Mini is free as well.
http://www.opera.com/products/mobile/operamini/ [opera.com]

Desktop only (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204873)

For what I know, only the Desktop (Lin/Mac/BSD/Sol/QNX/Win) version of Opera is free. Opera Mobile (for phones) costs 20 dollars, and I'm unsure of the price of Opera DS (imports are $50)

Is a free, huh? (5, Funny)

Deadguy2322 (761832) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204281)

Did Mario write the headline?

Re:Is a free, huh? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16205731)

That would be "Wii Opera is-a Bowser Free Until Next Year"

Excellent (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204289)

They already announced this for Japan, so I expecit it to happen. I think it's a great thing to do. I have to wonder what the price will be once the "sale" stops. Still, I can see how this may be useful, but I don't think I'd pay for it. People who may have a Wii and no computer though might.

Re:Excellent (1)

Rendo (918276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204421)

Um... If they're getting online through the Wii, it means they have an internet connection to begin with, and 99% of people that have an inet connection have a PC. Not many people will pay $30+/month for internet just for the Wii.

Re:Excellent (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204597)

These days, you never know. I thought of that, but what about the idea of IPTV. If they have IPTV they may have the 'net connection and no computer. They may live in an apartment that provides that as part of the rent but they don't have a computer. They may GET an internet connection for their Wii and still not have a computer.

Broadband is an extra $20/mo (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204821)

If they're getting online through the Wii, it means they have an internet connection to begin with, and 99% of people that have an inet connection have a PC. Not many people will pay $30+/month for internet just for the Wii.

But many of them will pay $20 per month more for broadband instead of dial-up just for gaming. My mother switched from dial-up to DSL literally three days ago.

heh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204293)

i thought they cancelled opera due to the chance it may offend followers of the religion of peace and get users killed.

free use for early adopters? (1)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204303)

or are they implying everyone will have to buy after July? non-free updates?

I'm getting the Wii but not interested in browsing anyway. the DS browser seemed like a nice idea and was well implemented except for the appalling performance so I didn't bother.

Re:free use for early adopters? (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205133)

I didn't think the DS browser had been released yet. Do you have a link?

Re:free use for early adopters? (1)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205627)

check out the reviews including http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR2yfhBSvR0 [youtube.com] showing poor performance (load times: 1 min for slashdot, 1.5 mins for digg, 2 mins for sites with graphics, 3 mins for CNN).

Re:free use for early adopters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16205433)

huh? not sure I understand the question. you can download the browser and use it for free until the cut off date. after that if you want to surf using opera on the wii you will have to buy the browser (for a one time price i'm sure). if you don't care about surfing on the wii then this doesn't have anything to do with you. you need no worry your self over it.

Re:free use for early adopters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16205979)

that's one interpretation. the other is that if you start using it before july, you can use it free indefinitely. this is how most people interpret "free until july".

What's next, a free version Firefox? (0, Troll)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204337)

Wow, Nintendo is temporarily offering me a free copy of a program that has always been free before. What a bargain!!

-Eric

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (3, Informative)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204433)

Always been free? Its been free for a year, maybe 2. It was a for pay product for many many years.

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (4, Informative)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204439)

Nintendo is temporarily offering me a free copy of a program that has always been free before. What a bargain!!

Opera has not "always been free". Prior to Version 5, it was pay software only. From 2000 to 2005, a "free" version was available, but was ad-sponsored. It's only been in the past year or so that a free-and-clear version of the browser has been available on the desktop.
   

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (2, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205849)

On the plus side, it's nice to see someone making the opposite of the classic mistake, taking current information and assuming it was true in the past, rather than taking outdated information and assuming it still applies to the present.

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (1)

(A)*(B)!0_- (888552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204459)

Let's examine your statement.
"Wow, Nintendo is temporarily offering me a free copy of a program that has always been free before. What a bargain!!"
Always been free before? This is Opera for the Wii. Opera for the Wii has NOT been available previously. Furthermore, your knowledge of history seems to be lacking as even Opera for the PC once had a pricetag other than free on it. Perhaps this page [opera.com] will help you.

It's fun to be smug but only when you know what you're talking about.

Got it Eric?

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (3, Funny)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205143)

It's fun to be smug but only when you know what you're talking about.

Got it Eric?


Nah, it's always fun to be smug, dude.

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Freak (16973) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204547)

What are you talking about? Opera hasn't always been free. Don't you remember when Apple came out with Safari, Opera threatened to take their ball and go home over it? (Since they were charging, and they accused Apple of the same noncompetitive practices everyone else yelled at Microsoft about.) If you check the /. archives, you can see the story from last September [slashdot.org] announcing that Opera was going free. Before that, they charged $40.

And they STILL charge for 'embedded' web browsers. (Ones for cell phones, etc.) Although some cell phone companies pay for it to be included.

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (1)

ActionAL (260721) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205077)

ya quick, someone post this on slickdeals! :)

Re:What's next, a free version Firefox? (1)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206555)

Everyone's jumping on one part of your comment, but I'm curious about the other bit. I wonder if one might be able to use Firefox on one's Wii?

at which point... (2, Insightful)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204359)

...someone will have hacked up a free version to use in place of the pay one...

Re:at which point... (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205149)

I suspect this would hurt Opera, not Nintendo.

Re:at which point... (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205985)

Good luck signing those binaries.

I have but one thing to say about the subject (2, Funny)

noamsml (868075) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204447)

The headline is a bad grammar.

Re:I have but one thing to say about the subject (4, Funny)

patrixmyth (167599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204519)

Give them a break. Super Mario issued the press release.

Re:I have but one thing to say about the subject (2, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204591)

Maybe it was written by "It's a Me! Mario!"

Re:I have but one thing to say about the subject (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204595)

No, this is Mario's company we're talking about.

"Itsa free-a until-a next-a year-a!"

* Free (1)

lemon_dieter (949624) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206373)

Considering the mount of times the first letter of the lph bet ppe rs in text, this m y m ke re ding sl shdot difficult with the free Oper web browser for the Wii.

So... (2, Funny)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204473)

If someone's already bought it for their PC, they can just let Opera and Nintendo know and they'll get a copy sent straight to their Wii, right? I mean, surely a respectable company with IP will have no problem making you absolutely happy with your purchase once you've paid them money, right?

Re:So... (2, Insightful)

TrickFred (231420) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204689)

Analogy time:

Buying a PC game doesn't always entitle you to a copy of the Mac version of the game as well.

Buying a PS2 game doesn't entitle you to a copy of the GameCube version of the game as well.

Why should this be any different?

Suck it up, or just use Opera on your PC. *shrug*

(FYI - No intention of buying it myself, I have a PC for that kind of thing)

Which set-top PC do you recommend? (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204893)

just use Opera on your PC.

Can you recommend an affordable set-top PC?

Re:Which set-top PC do you recommend? (1)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205275)

Re:Which set-top PC do you recommend? (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205541)

You beat me to it! Just bought one last week, heh!

Re:So... (4, Funny)

Boglin (517490) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204925)

Actually, they're doing one better. If you've purchased Opera for the Wii, you can transfer it over to your PC. In fact, they're so generous that you can even keep the copy on your Wii while still running the one on your desktop. Compare that with those stingy bastards at Firefox. I spent ten times as much on Firefox as I did on Opera, yet they STILL feel that I don't deserve a copy for my Wii. Greedy, money grubbing assholes.

"a Free" (1)

BeeBeard (999187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204479)

*chuckles* :)

Re:"a Free" (0, Offtopic)

Tuxedo_Jim (1006123) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204637)

That's just Mario talk.. "It's a me... Mario!"

Why wouldn't it be free? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16204521)

As other users have pointed out, Opera is already free. Why should people have to pay extra? This is bad news that it will eventually cost money, not good news that it's going to be free for a year.

Wonderful positive spin on it though. I can only image what people would be saying if this were Sony planning to charge for a free browser.

Re:Why wouldn't it be free? (1)

person132 (986809) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204671)

As other users have pointed out, Opera still not free for non-PCs devices, like cell phones (and the DS); that's where the company makes its money.

The news, as I see it, is neutral; it could have been better (Opera free forever), and it could have been worse (Opera pay from the beginning). I'm not sure it's a good thing for Nintendo, though (assuming that everyone will have to pay net year, even those that have been using it free).

Re:Why wouldn't it be free? (2, Insightful)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205335)

Opera is already free. Why should people have to pay extra?

Because... it's a different program for a different architecture that runs on a different kind of device in a different market?

The PC and console versions of the same game are generally separate purchases, and not necessarily the same price. Here one of the prices is $0. That doesn't necessarily mean the other price will be $0 as well.

Wiizilla? (1)

RomulusNR (29439) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204625)

I'm guessing the answer is no, but, will the Wii be able to download software from places *other* than the Wii Shop Channel (without creative network management)? The Wii could graduate from "casual gamer" market if it allowed homebrew games and -- here's the relevance -- apps such as, say, FF for Wii (and screw this commercial browser nonsense).

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

person132 (986809) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204715)

No. Nintendo will probably never support homebrew (or open-source software) for the Wii. Besides, this would require documentation of the Wii API, which is probably very closely guarded; who knows if it will even support downloads of anything?

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204879)

No. Nintendo will probably never support homebrew (or open-source software) for the Wii. Besides, this would require documentation of the Wii API, which is probably very closely guarded; who knows if it will even support downloads of anything?
How closely guarded can the Wii API possibly be, if they port Opera to it? We know web browsers, and people have been poking around Opera's binaries since day one. I'm no programmer so I may be off base here, but wouldn't having something so basic as a port of a popular web browser running on the thing make the API that much easier to unofficially document?

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204989)

The Opera Team developed Opera for the Wii. Just like Retro Studios is developing Metroid Prime 3. Just like Nintendo is developing Zelda. They all are using the official SDKs which they paid $$$ for.

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205107)

Too late. Nintendo's offering developer kits to the public for a price. This is old news. Sounds pretty accepting of homebrew to me.

Re:Wiizilla? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16206301)

Prove it.

Attach rate (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204987)

The Wii could graduate from "casual gamer" market if it allowed homebrew games and -- here's the relevance -- apps such as, say, FF for Wii (and screw this commercial browser nonsense).

FF for Wii [wikipedia.org] is planned.

The problem with a blanket endorsement of homebrew methods is that commercial developers will likely try to pass their games off as homebrew without giving Nintendo a cut. This would kill the attach rate.

NOT EXACTLY. (1)

AlexanderDitto (972695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205811)

Er... I hate to break it to you, but by FF, I'm pretty sure the GP ment Firefox, not Final Fantasy.

I know, we're excited that Squeenix is supporting Nintendo, but that's another story. [slashdot.org]

Re:NOT EXACTLY. (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206227)

Yeah. It's not like the first Final Fantasy games were for the SNES or anything. They didn't even exist prior to the Playstation, the series just started with VII. If only those damned Romans decided to use a W for 5 instead of V, we could have some true irony going on.

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205091)

I have to wonder why they didn't just port Firefox themselves. It would be much easier, and firefox is much more popular than Opera anyway.

Re:Wiizilla? (4, Insightful)

Yahweh Doesn't Exist (906833) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205315)

>I have to wonder why they didn't just port Firefox themselves. It would be much easier

no it wouldn't. Opera have shedloads of experience making browers for low-spec devices with restricted interfaces. Firefox has none at all. Nintendo might as well have started entirely from scratch.

Re:Wiizilla? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205631)

I have to wonder why they didn't just port Firefox themselves.

Well, Opera had previously ported the browser to the DS [opera.com] -- something made easier by their long experience developing for embedded devices. Presumably Nintendo liked what they got with that partnership, and decided to expand it.

Re:Wiizilla? (2, Informative)

doria13 (779114) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205097)

http://wii.nintendo.com/iwata_asks_vol3_p2.html [nintendo.com]

"Iwata:
It's even conceivable that we'll take titles that have been popular on the Shopping Channel and further polish them up to be sold as a packaged software with the MSRP accepted in the existing distribution channels. Talking of potential, we may even be able to create an opportunity for amateur developers where they can release games that they have made, although this will be hard to do in the immediate future. The mechanics of the games industry at the moment doesn't allow games to be sold unless they're widely advertised by major publishers to earn greater profit. This seals off gateways into the game industry for new talents."

Slashdot Grammar is a Good Today! (0, Redundant)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 7 years ago | (#16204979)

NT

is a Free (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205025)

Opera Broswer for you, is a Free, Sayeth Mario

Oh god did the mario in me just die? (0)

Trashhalo (985371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205575)

Okay so I have been super excited about the Wii. You could call me a Nintendo fanboy. But reading that summary has inspired feelings of dread. Great opera will be free as it should be, but then they are going to charge people to download it via their online shop service thing? Oh no please no pllleeeassseeee no. I have had enough of verizon locking me into their central download service. If you want to know what happens when a company can create artificial scaricity in a market go get a verizon phone and look at the stuff you can get online. Lets see... want to read email on your cell phone? Thats going to charge you 14$/month. Now you think wow thats a lot of money for something so simple... I am sure some other company is selling that for cheaper. But you are wrong! Verizon picks the apps so verizon can control the market by limiting your selection to just one companies shitty over priced email program. There is no such thing as competition here. So reading that Nintendo is going to charge me to download a web browser is not a comforting feeling. What other trivial features that should have come bundled are you going to milk me for? I can't believe I just compared Nintendo to Verizon.

Re:Oh god did the mario in me just die? (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205695)

Opera costs money on handheld solutions. Not everyone wants Opera. Not everyone should pay for it. Hence...those who want it can pay for it. Speak to the Opera guys if you have a problem with that.

Great it's free, but what does that mean? (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 7 years ago | (#16205791)

Does that mean that once you download it it is yours forever, or is it yours until it becomes non-free? Does it check each time it starts or what? It's not like the Wii has a massive storage area anyway, so I can see that if helpfully decides to "make room" by deleting your browser that you are screwed.

Re:Great it's free, but what does that mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16206085)

Does that mean that once you download it it is yours forever

Yes

It's not like the Wii has a massive storage area anyway, so I can see that if helpfully decides to "make room" by deleting your browser that you are screwed.

Nintendo has already confirmed you can freely re-download anything you've purchased before

Um, Uh, Kid-Friendly (3, Interesting)

Linux Ate My Dog! (224079) | more than 7 years ago | (#16206631)

So Nintendo is going to bundle The Best Tool Humanity Has Ever made To Access Porn on a family games console, for free? Pretty big risk there, dudes. One day mom comes home and finds out the older kids have set the page to scat pron to gross the children out. Unlesss they lock it down, this will be a PR disaster in the US the first time a wailing mom is on the news saying how she trusted Nintendo to create a kid-safe experience, and then it wasn't.

Consider (2, Interesting)

kahrytan (913147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16207021)

Has anyone thought to consider that things like this keep Opera in business? And ultimately keeps Microsoft and Mozilla competitive?

And How would someone browse the internet with the Wii? Sounds like Nintendo plans to release a Wii Keyboard. If not, they screw themselves over with potential additional profit.
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