The ever-elusive Wii browser

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The ever-elusive Wii browser

Post by NES_fanatic » Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:55 am

When do we get to download it? Lots of places on the internets say that it became available on 11-19 with the Wii, but it's not available on the shopping channel. Instead, I'm told that it'll just pop up "in the near future."

Does anyone have some kind of solid date for when we can get this thing?

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Post by grahf » Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:57 pm

On the Nintendo forums, its been stated that there is no exact ETA. It coudl be as soon as a week, or as long as a month or more. I got the impression that there were some last minute bugs they wanted to squash.

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Post by gamer2 » Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:32 pm

Thats good, its best they perfect the software instead of releasing it and it being very buggy.
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Post by grahf » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:13 pm

Im a little dissapointed to say the least, but i guess there isnt anything we can do about it.

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Post by Triton » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:23 pm

grahf wrote:Im a little dissapointed to say the least, but i guess there isnt anything we can do about it.
except wait :D i too want the browser, shouldnt be too long i think

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Post by Super Cameraman » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:10 pm

Maybe by "Free until July 2007" they really meant "Your not getting it until July 2007!"

That would suck. I too really want it... I'm getting tired of Wii Sports...

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Post by ganonbanned » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:18 pm

Super Cameraman wrote:Maybe by "Free until July 2007" they really meant "Your not getting it until July 2007!"

That would suck. I too really want it... I'm getting tired of Wii Sports...

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frick you have to buy the wii browser?

dont tell me its a subscription.

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Post by bicostp » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:26 pm

Why do you need a browser on your game console when you have a browser on a computer? 480p over Composite wil only get you so far. Reading text on my 640x480 PC-TV box is a strain on the eyes after a while, so is browsing the web on the Wii any better? Or the PS2/PS3/Xbox/Xbox 360 for that matter?

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Post by Triton » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:31 pm

yes you have to buy it, if you dont download it before july of 07

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Post by Super Cameraman » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:41 pm

bicostp wrote:Why do you need a browser on your game console when you have a browser on a computer? 480p over Composite wil only get you so far. Reading text on my 640x480 PC-TV box is a strain on the eyes after a while, so is browsing the web on the Wii any better? Or the PS2/PS3/Xbox/Xbox 360 for that matter?
No, but I'm sure Flash cartoons and games and YouTube will be much better on an actual TV.

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Post by grahf » Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:55 pm

Sometimes its nice to have a web browser in the living room just to check simple things.

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Post by bicostp » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:20 pm

Admittedly, yes. Flash cartoons look amazing on a real TV. They almost look broadcast quality, provided the flash animator didn't suck. (In fact I think they animated "Harvey Birdman: Attourney at Law" in Flash.) HOWever... you will only get the full effect if you run the video full screen, either with an independent browser window or the standalone Flash player application. (I wish I had the version that comes with Flash 8... mine's from Flash 6. :()

Videos on YouTube still look blocky as ever, just the blocks are bigger and more noticeable.

What kind of "simple things" are we talking about? You can get a lot of news from the TV, and there's always The Weather Channel...
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Post by Gamelver » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:35 pm

Well, for me it's quite nice because I don't have a computer in my room or a laptop so I could surf the web in my bed, and then play some Zelda or something....It's just a nice little addition to an already great system, IMHO ;).
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Well, I guess it would, but it would be a lot less fun!!!!!!!

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Post by Super Cameraman » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:40 pm

That's probably the main reason for a browser on a game console. Most people don't have a computer in their rooms. I know I don't. :(

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Post by grahf » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:09 pm

bicostp wrote: What kind of "simple things" are we talking about? You can get a lot of news from the TV, and there's always The Weather Channel...
Faq or walkthrough on the Wii browser (video 2)
PC Engine/SNES/PS2 game (video 5)

Just one example. Ive had an old pc box hooked to my hdtv in the living room for a while, just to mess around with. I used it for pretty much the same thing.

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