To get you caught up here's the latest on the Wii Opera Browser...
Nintendo announced that a BETA of the Opera browser will be availible for download from the Wii Shop for FREE starting on December 22nd.
This was very exciting news, because there are lots of cool and fun flash projects in development that are hoping to take advantage on the Wii's onscreen and pointing abilities to create their own content.
Some examples of sites that are being developed for the Wii include:
Flash based media player
Wii Menu for Flash Games
Other Flash game sites that may work with Wii (Source: X-Scene)
Katamari Damacy clone
Now for the bad news. A site called Skeptical Gaming has posted an article which reads:
"A source close to the Wii Opera project", as they've wished to be identified, has given yours truly a little bit of info on what you'll be able to expect from the trial version of the Opera browser that's being made available to Wii owners this Friday.Source: Skeptical Gaming
Other things you'll notice with the trial version: Flash may not work correctly. It appears that Opera is custom building their Flash plug-ins to limit the security exposures that the plug-in presents. And while that's great from a control standpoint, it's expected to cause some compatibility issues. You'll have problems accessing some sites that utilize Flash.
Widget support is being hurriedly rushed in a desperate attempt to get it included in the Wii Browser on Friday, but it's not expected to be made available. Support for the Ajax technology is expected to work fine, however.
You can also read more comments on the subject over on digg
Other Features / Limitations:
Opera can only store up to 21 bookmarks
Flash Player 7 - [ Your Player Version: WII 7,0,70,0 | Operating System: Nintendo Wii | Debug Player: No | Video Encoder: No] (thx linFox)
This is great news! Stay tuned for a full update later.