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Topic: Wii U Browser Has Tabbed Browsing, Screenshots, HTML5, But No Flash

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shingi_70

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The built-in webkit-based internet browser for Nintendo's upcoming Wii U system will have a host of new features, including HTML5 support, Nintendo revealed last Thursday during a Japanese Nintendo Direct that aired simultaneously with the North American Wii U Preview Event. HTML5 is an up and coming web standard that is slowly being adopted by the latest browsers and websites. For example, Youtube (which Nintendo made sure to feature support for in their video demonstration) has an experimental HTML5 version for users with browsers that support it and the necessary video codecs.

However, this HTML5 support is contrasted by the Wii U browser's lack of support for Flash, the latest versions of which are also not supported in the Wii, DS, DSi, or 3DS browsers.

Nintendo also revealed that when players pause their Wii U games and access their internet browser, they will have access to images of the tv and GamePad displays from that paused game. Player-created game screenshots are already known to be used in Nintendo's MiiVerse functonality. However, many details regarding using and saving the images are still unknown. When users pause a game and access the internet browser, the software will remember the paused game's name and prepopulate search queries with it to help users look for relevant information.

Gamers can even simply tilt the GamePad forward or backward to automatically scroll up and down through long web pages

Sounds good and better than anything on previous nintendo systems and consoles in general. (The IE on xbox is pretty good but lacks tabbed browsing).

My only gripe is how much the browser will be humped due to the lack of a multitouch screen. As html5 web apps become more mature that's going to be a problem as early ones already use multitouch in the browser.

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No Flash because people would play other non-nintendo games.

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3Dash wrote:

No Flash because people would play other non-nintendo games.

No flash because its a disgusting crashy odd in the tooth web standard and the mobile version which any wii U browser would have used was discontinued by Adobe.

Also there are ways to play html5 games hence what I said about html5 web apps.

http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2012/08/29/atari-o...

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Bankai

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Who cares about Flash support now anyway? Thanks to Apple no one bothers with Flash any more.

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Who cares about Flash support now anyway?

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Eh too bad apple themselves haven't really done anything big using html5 other than advocating the use of it.

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