Wii Internet Channel

What is Internet Channel on Wii

The Internet Channel features a Web browser made by Opera Software, which allows users to surf the World Wide Web. This browser can be used to access web sites, perform web searches, etc. Wii owners who are connected and have activated the Wii Shop Channel can download the Opera browser to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii Menu and begin surfing the Web. A broadband Internet connection is required. The Internet Channel costs 0 Wii Points to download, and is available in the Wii Shop Channel, in the Wii Channels section.

Important Note!

The information on this page describes the features found in the latest version of the Internet Channel (ver. 9.30). You can identify the version number of your Internet Channel by selecting the Opera/Home icon in the tool bar of the browser, then clicking on the “Opera Powered” icon at the top of the screen.

Key Features:

  • The Internet Channel supports http and https. It is not compatible with other types of protocols, such as ftp, mailto, etc.
  • USB keyboard support is only available for version 9.30. Visit the Wii Channels section of the Wii Shop Channel to obtain the latest version.
  • The Internet Channel is compatible with Flash, up to version 8. It is compatible with all earlier versions, but versions higher than 8 will not be compatible. There is currently no way to download and install higher versions of the Flash Player to the Wii console.
  • Access to the Internet Channel can be restricted through the Wii console’s Parental Controls. If the controls are enabled, a PIN must be entered before the Internet Channel can be accessed.
  • When entering website address, you do not need to type in “http://”; however, websites that begin with “https://” will need to be entered in full.
  • The Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller, and Nunchuk are not used with the Internet Channel. In addition, only one Wii Remote will work with the Internet Channel at a time.
  • Many types of video playback, such as QuickTime (.avi) and Windows Media Video (.wmv) are not compatible with the Opera Browser and will not play.
  • The Wii console supports cookies. At this time, there is no way to delete cookies without deleting the Internet Channel’s saved data from the system memory.

Nintendo’s official U.S. Wii site

Web Standards Support in Opera for the Nintendo Wii

2 Replies to “Wii Internet Channel”

  1. Thanks, I’ve been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve found so far.

  2. You can get the new browser by opening the Wii Shop channel, then selecting it from the Wii Ware category. It’s a free download if you get it now. If it says you need to update your system software first, go to Wii Options from the main channel menu, then Wii Settings, then Wii System Update on the third page of settings.

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