It is designed to "Put yourself into the game" by allowing Miis to wii sports mii channel in certain titles. For those titles that support Miis, each Mii can be used in that title, ex Wii Sports, pick a Mii and play as it. This application was officially unveiled by Nintendo in September
If no disc is inserted, the message "Please insert a disc. The "Start" button will also remain deactivated until a playable disc is inserted. When a disc is inserted, the channel preview and banner on the menu will change to the one supplied by the title and the "Start" button will become available.
If it is a GameCube disc, the banner and preview will change to the GameCube logo with the GameCube startup theme playing on the preview. Each Wii game disc includes a system update partition, which includes the latest Wii software from the time the game was released.
If a disc is inserted that contains newer software than installed on the console, installing the new software will be required to play the game. This allows users without an internet connection to still receive system updates. After selecting the channel, the Wii will automatically update.
If these updates are not installed, the game will remain unplayable until the update is installed, as each time the channel is loaded with the game inserted, the update prompt will appear, and declining the update will return the player to the Wii Menu instead of starting the game.
Note: This is the only channel that cannot be moved across the Wii Menu without the use of third party tools. Main article: Mii The Mii Channel is an avatar creator, where users can design 3D caricatures of people called Miis by selecting from a group of facial and bodily features.
At the Game Developers Conference , Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the look and design of the Mii characters are based on Kokeshi , a form of Japanese doll used as souvenir gifts.
A Wired interview of Katsuya Eguchi producer of Animal Crossing and Wii Sports held in confirmed that the custom player avatar feature shown at Nintendo's E3 Media Briefing would be included in the hardware.
The feature was described as part of a "profile" system that contains the Mii and other pertinent player information. It is incorporated into Wii's operating system interface as the "Mii Channel". Users can select from pre-made Miis or create their own by choosing custom facial shapes, colors, and positioning.
Miis can interact with other Wii users by showing up on their Wii consoles through the WiiConnect24 feature or by talking with other Miis created by Wii owners all over the world.
This feature is called Mii Parade. Early-created Miis as well as those encountered in Mii Parades may show up as spectators in some games. The Wii Remote can hold a maximum of 10 Miis. While in the channel, pressing A, followed by B, then 1, and holding 2 on the Wii Remote allows the user to unlock the feature.
The user can create a slideshow simply by inserting an SD card with photos and, optionally, MP3 or AAC files see note regarding December 10, update to version 1. The Wii will automatically add Ken Burns Effect transitions between the photos and play either the music on the SD card or built-in music in the background.
A built-in editor allows users to add markings and effects to their photos or videos The edits float statically above the videos. Mosaics can also be created with this feature.
Puzzles can be created from photos or videos with varying degrees of difficulty However, your first puzzle will be six-pieces with 6, 12, 24 and 48 piece puzzles available, with selectable while holding down 1 on the Wii remote.
Edited photos can be saved to the Wii and sent to other Wiis via the message board. According to the system's manual, the following file extensions i. JPEG files can be up to x resolution and in baseline format. It also allows playback of songs in random order.
Consoles released after December 10, will come with the version 1. Owners of Japanese systems can download a "Revert to Photo Channel 1. A feature to purchase downloaded software as gifts for others became available worldwide on December 10, Additional channels that were not released at the console's launch were available for purchase in the Wii Shop Channel.
Until the channel's shut down on January 30, , all downloadable channels were free of charge.
Nintendo discontinued the Wii Shop Channel on January 30, having announced that they planned to do so on September 29, , with the purchase of Wii Points ending on March 26, Forecast Channel[ edit ] The Forecast Channel allowed weather reports and forecasts to be shown on the console from the Internet via the WiiConnect24 service.
The user could also spin the globe. When fully zoomed out, an accurate  star map was visible in the background. The Big Dipper and the constellation Orion were easily recognizable, for example.
The Forecast Channel features included the current forecast, the UV index, today's overall forecast, tomorrow's forecast, a 5-day forecast only for the selected country in which the user lives , and a laundry check Japan only.
The Forecast Channel first became available on December 19, When viewing weather conditions in Japan, a different set of weather icons is used. Additionally, the laundry index was only featured in the Japanese version.
Long neglect of this channel would result in the icon not appearing, although the set time was longer than that of the News Channel. News Channel[ edit ] The News Channel allowed users to access news headlines and current news events obtained from the Internet.
The Mii function allows users to create customized characters for the Wii system.
Content was in a variety of languages provided by the Associated Press , who had a two-year contract to provide news and photos to Nintendo. Japanese news was provided by Goo search engine.
However, not visiting the channel for a period of time resulted in the ticker not appearing, until the channel is viewed.
A December 20, PAL region update increased the number of news feeds to the channel, sourced from a larger number of news resources and agencies, providing more news that were available per country.
It contains an informational video specifying the benefits of connecting the Wii console to the Internet, such as downloading extra channels, new software, Virtual Console titles, and playing games over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The Get Connected Video Channel is the only pre-installed channel that takes up spare internal memory, and the only channel that can be manually deleted or moved to an SD Card by the user.
The channel takes up 1, blocks of memory, which is over half the Wii's internal memory space.
The large size of this channel is likely due to the fact it is available in multiple languages; three videos in the U. Upon connecting to the Internet and running the channel, the user will be asked if they would like to delete it.
It cannot be re-downloaded or restored upon deletion. The channel is also available in multiple languages. Unlike the other channels, the video in the channel is not translated digitally, but is presented in multiple dubs, which means there are multiple copies of the same video in a single channel.
The language of the video is presented is respectively according to the Wii's language setting. Available languages are English , French , and Spanish in the U. The availability of multiple dubs is a likely factor that contributes to the large size of the channel. After this deadline had passed, the Internet Channel cost Wii Points to download.
A refund was issued to those who paid for the channel in the form of one free NES game download worth Wii Points. The Internet Channel uses whichever connection is chosen in the Wii settings, and utilizes the user's internet connection directly; there is no third party network that traffic is being routed through.
Opera, the Wii's web browser, is capable of rendering most web sites in the same manner as its desktop counterpart by using Opera's Medium Screen Rendering technology. For most Internet users, the Wii offers all of the functionality they need to perform the most common Internet tasks.