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September 1, 2009 10:35:49 PM

I dont have a wii....
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September 1, 2009 10:36:26 PM

The web browsing on the Wii is handy if you don't have any other method of doing it... but mostly it's just a hassle, unless you have a real keyboard for it. Maybe a quick glance at a nice rack (for guns, of course) between Mario Kart races would be nice.
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September 1, 2009 10:42:11 PM

The browser has a very clever zooming system which makes 480i/p Internet browsing much more bearable that one would suspect.

While not the greatest browser I've ever used, it has served as a back up several times while working on my desktop.

This new update makes the app take up less space than before, it operates much faster and supports Flash Lite 3.0 which is based on Flash 8 allowing it to view most online videos now.

The free game is certainly a nice way to give back to those who paid for the app after Dec 31, 2007.
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September 1, 2009 10:50:04 PM

Sounds like Nintendo want users to get the free browser, which requires updated Wii software to access the shop now, which also coincidently stops access to running homebrew :( 
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September 1, 2009 10:55:56 PM

I like it. It's good for looking up cheats/FAQS. Glad to get my 5 bucks back too :D 
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September 1, 2009 10:58:02 PM

Wii web browsing is great for my grandparents, who find it easier to use.
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September 1, 2009 10:58:20 PM

Downloaded the browser a year ago with the intent of watching Hulu on my TV with it. It needed a flash plug-in that was only available to IE or FF. Have not used it since. If they've updated the browser, I might look at using it again.
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September 1, 2009 11:12:38 PM

A recent update allowed it to work with a USB keyboard. I've got a cheap wireless dongle attached, which makes it almost usable. Unfortunately, caching to it's flash memory is very slow, and so streaming youtube videos (the only thing that this is any good for) is pretty much a no-go.

Maybe this is paving the road for a future update?
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September 1, 2009 11:33:45 PM

wow, nintendo was charging money for a lower quality product than what you get on the PS3 (and i can only assume the xbox) for FREE?

nah, nintendo doesn't rip people off....
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September 1, 2009 11:39:17 PM

"meaning that you can low go into the Wii"
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September 1, 2009 11:50:11 PM

Quote:
low go into the Wii


New phrase for the Geek Dictionary ;) 
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September 1, 2009 11:56:24 PM

Matt87_50wow, nintendo was charging money for a lower quality product than what you get on the PS3 (and i can only assume the xbox) for FREE?nah, nintendo doesn't rip people off....


well i dont know if you caught the memo (aka this article) but now it's free and they're reimbursing those (through a game) that had to purchase it. And anyways i got mine during the free period. It's a capable browser, i was surprised when it stated playing youtube videos, i was like "whoo" this could go somewhere. and actual input though is slow, it's like hunt and peck typing. but i was able to get my wireless microsoft keyboard to work w/ it (a god send) so now it's really cool
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September 2, 2009 12:26:13 AM

I can't believe Matt87 said that nintendo rips people off when the system itself (compared to all the other launches) did so for half the cost. That's short sighted.

I think this will be worth a look now. Load up the browser in side by side pic on my big screen and look up hockey stats while watching the Red Wings make another run for the CUP.
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September 2, 2009 12:30:26 AM

and to add to the above comment...

I've used the browser on the PS3 and it sucks. The browser is a little slow on the Wii, but the browser on the PS3 takes forever when tying to few pages that have multiple flash objects. At least on the Wii it just doesn't show what it can't. The PS3 just tries to show everything, even if it takes 5 minutes to process each page. Bad implementation on Sony's part.
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September 2, 2009 12:47:50 AM

Even since I tried to use the browser on the Dream Cast I realized that gaming systems aren't meant to be web browsers :D . No I'll stick to my computer thank you.
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September 2, 2009 1:10:47 AM

Matt87_50wow, nintendo was charging money for a lower quality product than what you get on the PS3 (and i can only assume the xbox) for FREE?nah, nintendo doesn't rip people off....

The PS3 browser is free (though slow to use) and the Xbox 360 does not offer a web browser at all. Not to forget hat the Wii web browser was offered to for while in beta form to anyone prior to Jan 01, 2008.

I'd advise that you get your facts in order next time before attempting to demean a product.
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September 2, 2009 4:33:57 AM

thisismeI've used the browser on the PS3 and it sucks. The browser is a little slow on the Wii, but the browser on the PS3 takes forever when tying to few pages that have multiple flash objects. At least on the Wii it just doesn't show what it can't. The PS3 just tries to show everything, even if it takes 5 minutes to process each page. Bad implementation on Sony's part.


The PS3/PSP browser was made by NetFront and not in-house. I have yet to see a NetFront browser that didn't suck.
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September 2, 2009 4:54:01 AM

ok, I think I write poorly my comment before...

What I was trying to say was: on the ps3 you get the browser for free, then Nintendo had the nerve to try and make people pay for a browser on the wii?

However, if the browser is higher quality, I suppose it could have been justified.

BUT Nintendo do rip people off!
The Wii was half the price of the other consoles at launch? maybe so, but it probably costs about 1/4 what the ps3 costs to build, even the xbox. Hardware wise it is a very incremental upgrade to the gamecube. so much so they were originally just going to release the motion controllers for the game cube, but they decided to release it all as a 'new' console instead. AND IT HASN'T DROPPED A CENT! you can get the xbox for cheaper than it now! and the DSi is EVEN WORSE! its basically the same thing! just a slightly beefed up DS with some novelties like the cameras. the ds came out in 2004! and you can get a brand new iTouch for the SAME PRICE!

You know you're ripping people off if an APPLE product is a good deal by comparison!
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September 2, 2009 6:22:29 AM

Marcus YamHow do things look in 480p?


I already hate it from that comment alone. =D
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September 2, 2009 7:18:19 AM

Give it flash 9 at least so it can run most flash things and then it will be usefull
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September 2, 2009 9:46:33 AM

I think people are missing the point here
Yes, they used to charge for it, but now it is free
Anyone who paid will be compensated with a free game

So should they have kept it as a pay-for item? Nintendo give something away and get abuse? If Xbox decide to make Live a free service do you think they will get the same level of abuse?

No. Stop being fanboy retards, if you dont like the Wii don't buy it but don't think you have the intelligence to tell anyone else in the world what they should or shouldn't buy with their own money.

The Opera channel works great to watch the BBC iPlayer, a USB keyboard makes it useful and old people like my Dad and young people like my son have started using the internet for the first time ever because of this.

It must be great for all the Xbox and PS3 users to be so wonderful and fucking perfect, if your consoles were so good how come my PC cost less to build and still outperforms them in Res and FPS.
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September 2, 2009 11:36:51 AM

Matt87_50ok, I think I write poorly my comment before...What I was trying to say was: on the ps3 you get the browser for free, then Nintendo had the nerve to try and make people pay for a browser on the wii?However, if the browser is higher quality, I suppose it could have been justified. BUT Nintendo do rip people off!The Wii was half the price of the other consoles at launch? maybe so, but it probably costs about 1/4 what the ps3 costs to build, even the xbox. Hardware wise it is a very incremental upgrade to the gamecube. so much so they were originally just going to release the motion controllers for the game cube, but they decided to release it all as a 'new' console instead. AND IT HASN'T DROPPED A CENT! you can get the xbox for cheaper than it now! and the DSi is EVEN WORSE! its basically the same thing! just a slightly beefed up DS with some novelties like the cameras. the ds came out in 2004! and you can get a brand new iTouch for the SAME PRICE! You know you're ripping people off if an APPLE product is a good deal by comparison!


It hasn't dropped a cent because there still selling. face it its business. why lower the price when people are still buying it at an alarming rate. there not going to lower the price and loose money because nobody's like you cannot accept it.
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September 2, 2009 11:40:50 AM

on top of it your Matt87_50 your totally clueless the DSi is 200 and the itoch is like double that. gotta love no life's on the net that try to sound intelligent
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September 2, 2009 12:02:24 PM

Hmm I'm getting thumbed down for pointing out the spelling mistake? OK il sbell rike thoz who thumb meh down then :S
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September 2, 2009 12:26:39 PM

well just notice somthing wrong with this artical. it says nintendo will give a free game from NES, SNES, and N64. problem is that nintendo is only given a free NES game thats worth 500 wii point.
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September 2, 2009 12:44:56 PM

PS3 - Free Online, Free Internet Browser.
Wii - Free Online, Free Internet Broswer.
Xbox 360 - Pay service, No Internet Browser.


Microsoft, congrats - you still suck.
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September 2, 2009 12:45:42 PM

asdf634Hmm I'm getting thumbed down for pointing out the spelling mistake? OK il sbell rike thoz who thumb meh down then :S


Surely you jest. Mocking the Wii based upon this news is deffffinnnetellly thumbs down. Though I didn't rate you down.....

Its interesting as some people have mentioned before the night and day difference between browsing capabilities that I can browse the complete internet with little problem on my Brother's family Wii...but my cousins PS3?....its like playing L4D on a "Pentium3 1GHZ 16mb Riva TNT" vs "Core2Quad ATI 4870" - granted the PS3 is 5x more powerful than the Wii...yet the Wii just painlessly browse and is able to watch U-toob. (u must have U-Toob especially during family get-2-gethers. its fun to watch stupid people).

Wii Web Browsing is good and serves as a way to kick the kids off my PC so I can game. It also serves as a wife-online-shopping tool, which ofcourse, frees up my PC for my personal Gaming time and Porn time..(just a little of the later...sometimes "deprevation" leads to you extremes..)

The PS3 and Xbox 360 just don't cut it.
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September 2, 2009 1:07:13 PM

Tried it just for fun... wow... you have to do this once so you can appreciate web browsing on a PC.

Wii internet is BAD.
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September 2, 2009 2:43:09 PM

It would be cool if the wii could atcually display at a decent resolution. 480p or 480i would be lame. Most websites are made with at least 1024 X 768 in mind as a minimum resolution.
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September 2, 2009 2:52:30 PM

Needs Adobe Flash support...nuff said
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September 2, 2009 2:53:59 PM

wow, somone just thumbing down everything for fun?

Back to subject, Wii internet is no where near PC but its much better than PS3 or Xbox(no web browisng). Its great for all the examples I gave and more. Again...its not your PC Web Browsing experience.
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September 2, 2009 3:12:26 PM

480p browsing..... ugh might as well go back to Qmodem or maybe lynx.
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September 2, 2009 3:27:50 PM

lightsaberNeeds Adobe Flash support...nuff said

It does.

The first iteration supported Flash 7 but this latest version supports Flash Lite 3.1 which uses Flash 8 and allows it video support for the majority of sites on the Internet.
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September 2, 2009 6:31:07 PM

skoraI can't believe Matt87 said that nintendo rips people off when the system itself (compared to all the other launches) did so for half the cost. That's short sighted.I think this will be worth a look now. Load up the browser in side by side pic on my big screen and look up hockey stats while watching the Red Wings make another run for the CUP.


Nintendo does rip you off...

Take a look @ guitar hero world tour on Wii... You come home with a nice new $210 game only to realize you need to purchase three more controllers if you want to use the other instruments, plus a base. (4 controllers total to use all instruments...
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September 2, 2009 6:36:34 PM

Will the new version play hulu videos?
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September 3, 2009 2:06:36 AM

captaincharismaon top of it your Matt87_50 your totally clueless the DSi is 200 and the itoch is like double that. gotta love no life's on the net that try to sound intelligent


The DSI is $299AUD, the 8gig iTouch is $329AUD
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September 3, 2009 7:02:14 AM

r3t4rdSurely you jest. Mocking the Wii based upon this news is deffffinnnetellly thumbs down. Though I didn't rate you down.....

Well I wasn't mocking the Wii, hell I have one myself... My intention was merely pointing out the spelling mistake, as with it the sentence makes little sense. Oh well, I guess in this so called modern civilization, sometimes all you get for doing something good is a bite in the ass... oh the humanity.

By the way, I'm surprised that no one else noticed and this still hasn't been corrected.
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September 3, 2009 12:29:45 PM

Wow. Looks like when I get home today I am turning the Wii on and downloading this. Been a while since I actually turned it on. Been too busy.... I wish though that the resolution would go higher than 480p. It looks good but would look better in 720P or even 1080P. The Wii though is a great concept on what Nintendo can do but it still needs a lot more work done to the whole project, maybe better games or more features...
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September 3, 2009 6:07:33 PM

Marcus YamDo any of you actually use your Wii to browse the web? How do things look in 480p?

Your spelling and grammatical errors are more glaring in 480p, Marcus.

Glad I could help.
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