I am a huge Nintendo fanboy, and I’m very excited about the upcoming Wii console.
One thing that is going to be pretty revolutionary about the Wii is the fact that it includes a free, fully-featured web browser. This means for $250 you get instant-on web access on your TV. This is something that the XBox canâ€™t deliver for fear of cutting into Microsoftâ€™s PC market.
Opera is building a version of their browser specifically for the Wii that includes Flash support and a smooth zooming feature. Also, the Wii controller is perfectly suited to work with mouse based interfaces (assuming you have a steady hand). Check out the browser in action.
The big unknown at the moment is – how do you type in the URLs? Presumably there will be an onscreen keyboard – I’m not sure how easy it will be to type laser-pointer style. There is speculation that either Nintendo will sell a keyboard add-on, or you will be able to plug in a standard PC keyboard via the Wii’s USB ports.
Another sweet feature is the Wii’s Virtual Console. This will be able to load up classic games from the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, MSX, Turbografx 16 and Commodore 64. Bring it on!