All entries for Thursday 12 April 2007
April 12, 2007
Scrolling is a lot better, too. In the trial version, Up and Down cycled through links, but now they scroll. There are also B+Direction shortcuts to Favourites, Refresh, etc. And they've added built-in Google and Yahoo! searching.
I also really love the Automatic zoom option - point at a large box and it will zoom appropriately for the large box; point at a small box and it will zoom in further. I can't remember if this is an update, but it's still good either way...
While I'm on the subject of New Things and the Wii, I recently bought The Godfather: Blackhand Edition and Heatseeker.
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is fantastic. It's a heck of a lot of fun (I can spend hours extorting businesses, taking over rackets, and strangling rival mobsters) and it's a fantastic way to get my GTA fix, although I think I prefer it to San Andreas (the only GTA I've actually played). While I can't summon Harrier Jump Jets (Triangle, Triangle, Square, Circle, X, L1, L1, Down, Up) in Godfather, I don't believe you can strangle people in GTA:SA and it certainly doesn't have motion-controlled hand-to-hand...
Speaking of jets... Heatseeker's good, too. Not that any jets (I believe) have VTOL; it's just a useful segue. I quite like their idea of the Impact Cam - as the guy in a preview video said, it makes it just that little bit more interesting that Lock Onto Radar Blip, Destroy Radar Blip.
Ah yes, one other thing: I also bought Joytech's "Power Station", which is very good. The battery life seems decent enough (considering the Wiimote eats batteries for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tiffin, dinner, supper, and any other meals it can squeeze in), but since it's rechargeable (which is the point) it doesn't matter too much. It would have been better if it could have housed 4 Wiimotes, since that's how many the Wii can take, but still; one improvement, however, is it's now powered by a dongle placed inline with the power supply - rather than by the USB port as it was when I first heard about it.
Nintendo and Opera have just released the full version of the Wii Internet Channel, and it is a huge improvement over the trial version. Aside from the fact that it seems to load quicker, one of the best things about it is that you can hide the toolbar; it had always annoyed me that the damned toolbar was cutting down on the usable space, and now it doesn't!
So, now all Nintendo need to do (in relation to web browsing) is release a keyboard attachment for the Wiimote...