Early adopters got a crack at the Internet Channel had access to a trial version from December 2006 to April 2007, and then a free full version from April to June 2007, but after that period, it has cost 500 Wii Points (5 USD).
For users who actually purchased the browser, Nintendo will be offering "refunds" in the form of a free game at the end of October.
For the newly-updated and final version, Nintendo and Opera worked to put a ton of user feedback into the system, improving on bookmarking, font text, and overall speed when using the channel.
As the most noticeable change, the browser now cruises at a much more fluid and useable pace, as we could actually check the news, head over to the Wii message boards, check in on our blog, and stream You Tube vids with very little hold-up between sites.
As are the players for NBC, CBS and Fox streaming videos.
Support for You Tube, thankfully, has improved, but the "high quality" option is not available.
Unfortunately, during our tests this afternoon, popular Video site Hulu --which had more than 38 million views in July-- is still incompatible.When the download is complete, the dialog offers two options: The system administrator password is needed to complete the update, unless you are the system administrator.Up until now, Wii fans weren't able to fully enjoy using the Opera browser for the Wii.Opera on Wii adds a new dimension and functionality to a video game console system.It is a unique Web experience that everyone can use, and the Intelligent Zoom feature allows consumers to read Web content on the TV from the comfort of their couch, says Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America.Opera for Wii will remain a free download until June 30, 2007.