Wii Web Browser Review
As I’m sure Stephen might know, a few days ago Opera released a trial version of it’s Wii-exclusive Web browser and let me say ladies and gentlemen that I am impressed. Even thought this is just a trial version, it managages to make itself almost as accessible and feature-rich as Mozilla or Internet Explorer for computers.
Sure, my expectations weren’t low, but they have certainly been blown away by this awesome peice of Wii Ware. Not only is the Browser absolutely free, but it is also extremely useful. I was actually expecting something along the lines of the PSP’s java-based web browser which only allows you to look at photos and read text and has extremely limited functionality. Don’t get me wrong, the PSP browser is a nice little extra that you might enjoy, but the standards for console-based browsers have been way raised and the sorry little PSP cowers in it’s hovel while I am free to access YouTube and Myspace off of my big-screen TV.
It’s got just about everything you want, and the things it doesn’t have it will when the full version is released in June. YouTube is completely accessible with no restrictions whatsoever, as is the ever-popular MySpace, which, was a big punch to the PSP browser’s kidneys since you can’t enjoy either of these online communities to their fullest.
Videos and friends not your thing? More of a flash animation/game junkie? Not to worry, friend. With the Wii you are free to watch any flash video or play any flash game(that only uses the mouse)and enjoy them to their fullest. Can there be anything much more enjoyable than playing Paddle Ball for free while you sit in a chair, Wii in hand? Sure, but it’s a nice addition.
Though this is only a limited trial version of what is to come, it completely blows away any expectations you might have for a console-based browser. Full videos and sound and a blazing fast speed…. depending on your connection, I guess. It was definitely worth the 0 Wii points I paid for it… which makes it nearly impossible to give this thing a great score, which is precisely why I’m going to give it a nice score.
Score: 8.9/10 (A-)