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I've been asked about the specific capabilities of the Nintendo Wii.

  • Does it have a web browser? If so, is it suitably enabled with JavaScript/Flash, etc.? I'm thinking could it support a chatroom-type scenario?
  • Is it possible for the web browser to save web content onto some form of local storage? I'm thinking chat logs, web pages and/or images/videos.

I don't personally have a Wii and don't know anyone that has who can give me a definitive answer. Hopefully one of you guys will have tried pushing a Wii browser further than most!

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The default Wii browser is called the Internet Channel. It has limited support for JS and Flash, but I believe it provides some form of local storage.

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In addition, it's Opera-based, in case that information is relevant. – FAE Jan 31 '12 at 23:05
Thanks guys :) Seems enough to answer the questions I was posed. – Program.X Feb 1 '12 at 11:32

The Internet Channel on the Wii is a special build of Opera (9.2, I believe...?) with support for Flash 7 and JS. If you're looking for a great breakdown, check out this Opera article on Wii browser support. Sadly, to my knowledge, the browser doesn't support localStorage - the best you get is Cookies. However, my testing could be off, so I encourage you to check on your own.

If you're looking for a nicer way to interact with the 4 Wii remotes on a given page, I wrote a library that wraps it all up into a nice convenient (and sane) interface. It includes tools to help debug things in the browser as well, which might come in handy for your testing.

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