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E3 2006: Opera Sings with Wii
Oddly enough, Nintendo is the first of the big three to embrace web browsing from a console.
By Jared Black 05/10/2006 06:22:29 PST

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Opera Software confirmed this morning that it has partnered with Nintendo to bring its Opera web browser to Nintendo Wii.  How it will be delivered (included in the console or as a standalone product ala the earlier DS announcement) is still unknown, but we do know that browsing can be done using the Wii remote controller.  

"Nintendo is clearly visionary in leading the gaming industry into the new era in gaming, and a wonderful partner for Opera," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Nintendo, and work with them to deliver the best gaming experience on the Wii console and the Nintendo DS(TM)."

"For our Wii console launch in 2006, we required a browser that was fast and secure with support for the latest standards including AJAX. Opera proved perfect for our purposes and is an exceptional addition to both the Nintendo DS and the Wii console," said Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager, Integrated Research & Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd. 

Although it wasn't officially confirmed, Takeda's comment obviously leads us to believe the browser will be available at launch.

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