Nintendo just sent word that the beta of the Opera browser for the Wii would be available on Dec. 22nd. To get the beta you just need to be connected to the internet and have activated the Wii Shop Channel.
The final release of the Opera browser will be available in March 2007 and will be free until June 2007. After June, it will cost you 500 Wii Points to get it. I think it goes without saying that you should aim to get it when it’s released.
[quote]The Internet Channel provides an optimal Web browsing experience on people’s home television. The Adobe Flash-enabled beta version of the Opera browser puts the Internet right onto owners’ television screens and lets them browse with ease, enabling them to check sports scores, plot maps or visit their favorite Web sites. Multiple family members can gather around the television to plan a vacation or make online purchases. The pointing abilities of the Wii Remote(TM) allow users to click on links they 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.[/quote]