Wii Browser Diagnostic

When I woke up this morning my Wii was throbbing a neon blue. The Opera Browser beta had arrived! I set it to download during my morning routine and returned during lunch to do some prodding. Here’s what I found:

  • Window size: 800×500
  • User Agent: Opera/9.00 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1309-9; en)
  • JavaScript works (including alert() and XMLHttpRequest())
  • Cookies work
  • Flash version: 7.0 r68 if you believe in JavaScript (Wii 7,0,70,0 if you believe Adobe)

The buttons on the wii-mote result in the following JavaScript keyCodes:

170     -
171     B
173     2
174     +
175     up directional
176     down directional
177     right directional
178     left directional

The browser doesn’t recognize the nunchuk.

I found these links in a referrer to this post from what I think is a Swedish forum: Flash Keys (doesn’t appear to work on my Wii) and Frames Per Second (drops to 8-10 fps).

See also: Making Wii-friendly Pages A reasonably thorough review of the Wii Browser’s capabilities over at Dev.Opera.

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
December 22nd, 2006 at 12:16 pm
Categories
Web
Gaming
Comments
019 (Now closed)

019 Comments

001

Thank God alert() works! I’ve been wanting to use that!

Hehe. :)

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 12:41 pm
002

So much for designing sites larger than 800x600.

Author
Joshua Rudd
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 12:44 pm
003

You never know, they could have crippled it. From what I can tell it’s a fully qualified Opera 9. Finally I can check Mint on the tv! ;)

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 12:45 pm
004

So much for designing sites larger than 800x600.

Thankfully, the wii navigation with the B button to scroll around a larger webpage is really painless.

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 12:45 pm
005

The thing that bothers me is the always-present space-eating “breathing” scroll arrows. Its hard to read text with those.

Author
kamicane
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 12:58 pm
006

If you point the wii-mote away from the screen while you’re reading the arrows disappear.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 1:06 pm
007

Thanks a lot for helping me to spend another 250 dollars this christmas.

Maybe I can play it off like it’s a present for the wife!

Author
Josh Blount
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 1:07 pm
008

I’m kind of bummed that it uses back and forward buttons, instead of gestures. Opera on the PC is famous for its mouse gestures — it’s only a small stretch of the imagination to see them replaced with Wii-mote gestures!

Author
Dan Hiester
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 1:29 pm
009

I want one now. :( Damn the UK for being last to get them, and out of stock!

Author
Ryan
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 1:44 pm
010

Any chance I can watch ‘the show’ on this?

Author
Dan
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 3:27 pm
011

I can see people developing some Javascript games for the Wii now ;)

Author
David Barrett
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 3:47 pm
012

Dan, unfortunately no. The Flash version of The Show uses Revver which requires Flash 8.

David, or Flash 7 games (that’s actually why I went digging for keyCodes).

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 3:53 pm
013

I know what I’ll be doing to escape the family’s insanity over the next few days… I’ve got sites to check - and layout to edit.

…Gonna have to get the husband to stop playing Zelda first…

Author
Steph
Posted
Dec 22nd, 2006 5:23 pm
014

it plays the videos on wii.com perfectly, of course, and video.google.com likewise — but unfortunately youtube doesn’t work. Hopefully YT will add some backwards-compatibility for wii users — it’s a killer platform for that site IMO!

Author
Justin
Posted
Dec 23rd, 2006 7:50 am
015

Has anyone noticed if cookies work?

Author
jkottke
Posted
Dec 23rd, 2006 9:43 am
016

Yup, I checked. The “Remember Me” checkbox on my comment form (which uses JavaScript and cookies) works fine. I’ve added that to the list in the main article too.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Dec 23rd, 2006 10:15 am
017

Youtube works for me now. (i just watched “Dick in a Box”. On my TV! It’s the future, I tells ya!)

Author
Rod
Posted
Dec 23rd, 2006 3:14 pm
018

How did they get the resolution to be 800x600 if 480p is 640x480? Are they shrinking the image somehow?

Author
michael
Posted
Dec 24th, 2006 12:45 am
019

They should give the Wii a special media type. It would be cool to design for the Wii seperatly. I think, if someone would implent this, it should be Opera.

Author
Martijn v/d Ven
Posted
Dec 24th, 2006 7:49 am