My name is Bean and this is my blog. Hence the name. If you have comments or questions, just leave them in the comments area.
So I finally got around to telling my Wii to connect to my wireless home network, and the ninnernets at large. The first thing I did once connected was check out the Forecast Channel and News Channel. They are both very well put together, intuitive, easy to use, and informative. Rikey! Next thing was the Shop Channel, where I bought 2000 Wii Points ($20) and prompty downloaded Super Mario Brothers, Contra III, and Opera (web browser). It's pretty sweet, all 3 of the downloads are now "Channels" on my main Wii menu. The games are classic and true to the originals - and what's nice is that you can play them from the couch due to the fact that the Wii Remote is wireless. Last night, between episodes of Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, I flipped over to the Wii to continue my ongoing SMB game (got a bazillion extra lives on world 3-1, dontcha know!).
And then I tried the browser. It did not blow me away, because it's just that: a web browser. But the more I looked around, the more stuff I found like WiiCade (Wii-compatible online games), WiiHear (streaming radio and other random stuff), and MiiBoard (all kinds of stuff). There are a growing number of sites designed specifically for the Wii. WiiSites has a decent directory of Wii-friendly websites. The version of Opera that you can run on the Wii has most of the functionality that Opera9 does, including Flash7 and full multimedia support. Online games? Check. Videos? Check. Music? Check. I am currently looking into Orb, which may or may not be similare to SlingBox, and which may allow me to stream all of my music, pictures, tv shows, and movies from my desktop wirelessly to my Wii. This will beat the hell out of my current setup, which is a really long s-video cable. If Orb doesn't work out, I may look into writing my own little media server using some off the shelf flash players. Probably gonna have to upgrade to wireless G though. EEE!
Update: Okay, so I played with orb.com and a few other Wii portals and whatnot, and I am absolutely impressed with how well it all works. So impressed, in fact, that it deserves it's own blog. Stay tuned...
Bean (February 02, 2007 at 09:26:24 AM):
Mo reading on Orb vs. Slingbox
Bean (February 02, 2007 at 09:27:54 AM):
This is encouraging!
Jewfish (February 02, 2007 at 10:42:11 AM):
I could never get the rhythm down on the 3-1 extra lives machine.
Bean (February 02, 2007 at 11:03:05 AM):
I just pulled it off last night for the first time in 10 years or so probably. Next up: prove to Stef that world -1 exists.
celeb (February 02, 2007 at 12:59:23 PM):
rikey world -1
Jewfish (February 02, 2007 at 02:31:23 PM):
World -1 is cool, but can you jump over the flag?
bean (February 02, 2007 at 03:08:33 PM):
kinda but just a bit... and it pulls you back.
bigD (February 02, 2007 at 03:29:13 PM):
Pretty sure there's a way to jump over teh kocher, isn't there? Like that one level that has a turtle floating around if you jump off him, or some such. It sure seems like I've done it before.
bean (February 02, 2007 at 03:53:48 PM):
corbin (February 05, 2007 at 08:14:19 AM):
SMB is great nostalgia. i got a game for my gamepube for christmas with all the original Mega Man Games. i wish they had that with SMB 1-3