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Nintendo Wii to Use Opera Browser

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Although this news is a few days old, I wanted to weigh in on this announcement. Nintendo has announced that their next generation console, Wii, will utilize a version of Opera's web browser. What makes this news so fantastic to me is that Opera has started to control/dominate the browser market in areas outside of personal computing. With their browser already firmly entrenched on mobile devices and now one of the three big consoles, Opera is making a play to the browser of choice in the next generation of mobile computing and gaming.

With all the zealotry for FireFox, it amazes me that many people have not noticed the power of Opera and backed the cause with the same passion - especially since it offers a terrific browsing experience (yes, I know that the extension community drives the FireFox trend right now). Also, think about this fact - in Japan, Google stated that 100 million searches are done from personal computers where as 350 million searches are being done from mobile devices. We could see, in the not to distant future, a shift away from desktop and laptop computers and towards mobile computing so one should embrace Opera's magnificent design and web developers should start making sure their pages render properly on mobile devices. For starters, they can use the Opera Mini feature found in the Opera browser to see how their page may look on a mobile device. I know that does load, but could use some formatting help on mobile devices.