On The "Final" Wii Internet Channel


Yeah, well, I hope they issue an update. I'm feeling testy because Kurt Vonnegut is no longer with us and Leopard got delayed until October due to the iPhone, but the fact is that the initial joy of arriving home to see the Wii's blue slot glowing soon gave way to disappointment.

Good points:

  • Full screen, at last (you can set the toolbar to auto-hide).
  • Scroll mode is slightly improved.
  • The app loads noticeably faster from the Wii channel menu.
  • Single-column mode now displays a scrollbar (makes it a bit easier to move around).
  • It's free to download until July.

Bad points:

  • For 20 minutes or so, it refused to display my (internal, LAN) home page, even though it has only about 12 lines of HTML code and a bunch of RRDTool graphs. After the upgrade, I've been experiencing odd hiccups while surfing, even when loading the Google homepage (and no, it's not a matter of Wi-Fi coverage or bandwidth).
  • Still won't allow you to set a proper home page (you will always get the internal Wii one)
  • Single-column mode doesn't allow zoom (which is plain stupid, since I may want to read a page in single-column mode but without 5cm-tall letters)
  • Still stuck at Flash 7 - and worse, Flash movies are automatically (and wrongly) resized when you try to zoom in.
  • Still doesn't support Chinese characters, at least the pages I visited.

I understand that it's not easy to shoehorn a browser into the Wii, but I was expecting a fair bit more by now.