April 12, 2007 - Nintendo has released the final version of Opera's Internet Channel browser for Wii and it features a host of new and improved features.

Following the release of a beta version at the end of last year, Nintendo and Opera gathered feedback from users, with improved features in this finished browser including shorter start-up times, increased speed, better bookmarks and clearer fonts. New elements include easy access to frequently-used web phrases when entering URLs, such as 'www.' and '.com', Google and Yahoo search bars and the ability to use more than one Wii remote as a pointer - although we're not sure how useful that is. You can even hide that navigation bar, meaning proper full-screen YouTube goodness on your telly.

Currently, the browser is available free of charge from the Wii Shop Channel (after performing a system update). However, from June it'll set you back 500 Wii Points if you've not already snagged it by then.

Hopefully - if we finally manage to access Nintendo's servers at some point - we'll have a hands-on with the new browser later today.

Thanks to http://wii.ign.com/articles/779/779974p1.html for sharing the news with us!