Starting today, Nintendo and Opera Software bring the Internet to the living room couch with a free beta version of the Opera Web browser for the Wii.

Wii owners who are connected and have activated the Wii Shop Channel can download a free beta version of the Opera browser to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii Menu and begin surfing the Web.

The final version of the Opera browser will be available at the end of March 2007, and will be free for all Wii owners to download through the end of June 2007.

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The Adobe Flash-enabled beta version of the Opera browser puts the Internet right on your television screens and you can browse with ease, enabling you to check sports scores, plot maps or visit your favorite web sites. The pointing abilities of the Wii remote allow you to click on links you want to see or to zoom into any part of the screen through the motion of the controller. In addition, the Wii Remote can be used with an on-screen keyboard to make text entry as easy as point and click.

The Internet channel joins the four already-live channels: Disc Channel, Photo Channel, Mii Channel, Wii Shop Channel and the Forecast Channel. For more information about Wii, visit