Nintendo’s upcoming Wii games console will incorporate the Opera internet browser. The deal is a coup for the Norwegian software specialist, which has struggled to win market share against Firefox and Internet Explorer. Wii users will browse the ‘net by navigating with the console’s innovative new Wii Remote wand (pictured above). It’s twice the charm for the poshware. Earlier this year the company inked a deal to provide the browser for Ninty’s DS portable.
Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software is suitably chuffed. “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Nintendo, and we’ll work with them to deliver the best gaming experience on the Wii console and the Nintendo DS.”
Nintendo opted for the Opera browser because “it was fast and secure with support for the latest standards including AJAX,” explained Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager for Nintendo’s Integrated Research and Development Division. “Opera proved perfect for our purposes and is an exceptional addition to both the Nintendo DS and the Wii console.” The Nintendo DS browser is scheduled for release in Japan this summer. There’s no date yet for the Wii.
Official Opera briefing document:
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices.
In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world.