Enhance your TV with Wii Channels

Posted on 22nd February 2008 by admin in Wii Features

By now, if you’re not living under a rock, you have heard about the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo, one of the all-time super powers of the gaming industry, has made a comeback rivaling the smashing success of their original system (Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES) with the Nintendo Wii. If you’re a big Wii fan, you may or may not know that the Wii was originally codenamed Nintendo Revolution before its November 2006 release in the United States. Nintendo of America, Inc. finally decided to call the console the Wii because it is a universal word/sound that translates to fun, transcending the language barrier.

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The system has also gone on to do things never before attempted in gaming console history. The Wii Remote (or Wii-mote) is the epitome of this revolution; gamers of all ages can swing and shake this controller and become an active physical part of the onscreen action within a game. But another revolutionary aspect of the Nintendo Wii system is the advent of Wii Channels. The Wii channels create a unique and astonishingly user-friendly way of looking at the different things the console can do. With that in mind, it’s important to recognize that the Wii itself is almost more worthy of being dubbed an “entertainment system” than the company’s original 1985 NES console was. It is a multimedia center for the entire family to enjoy and interact with.

Again, this was clearly the vision of Nintendo when they released their first official console in Japan in 1983, the Family Computer (or Famicom). This Japanese console was redesigned and renamed Nintendo Entertainment System for USA release two years later.The Wii Channels make it more than apparent that to regard the latest Nintendo system as merely a gaming machine would be a gross oversight. The Wii channels allow much more than standard video gaming.To begin with, though, let’s look at the gaming capabilities of the Wii, since playing games is of course what primarily stimulates sales of this incredible machine in the first place. The Wii Channels show up as a bunch of virtual screens when you are on Wii Home, which is like the home base. It’s sort of similar to your desktop in Windows on the computer.

The first screen at the upper left shows any game that is inserted on a disc as a “channel.” If the Wii’s disc drive is empty, a picture of a silver disc is shown to notate that. If a disc is in the drive, a special picture of that game appears if it’s a Wii game; a Gamecube logo appears if the game was originally released for the Nintendo Gamecube console. This brings to mind one of the greatest features: the Wii is backwards compatible with Gamecube game discs. This retro-compatibility is oftentimes not found in today’s consoles from competing companies. If you purchased a Nintendo Gamecube near the turn of the century, you’ll be happy to know that your games can be played on your Wii. You can then put your existing Gamecube console in another room or pass it on to a friend or family member. You may even choose to sell it!


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Nintendo 2006, Video Game, $249.99

Another Wii channel is the Wii Shop Channel. Here you can buy (as inexpensive downloads) your favorite retro games from systems like NES, Turbo Graphx 16 Sega Genesis, SNES, N64 and more! Bear in mind, N64 games are of course not “that” retro! Mario 64 (one of N64’s most popular titles) has withstood the test of time, and was actually the basis of the controls for Wii’s first Mario-based adventure game incarnation: Super Mario Galaxy. Other Wii channels include the Everybody Votes channel (where you can compare your opinions with those around the world), a photo channel (allowing you to browse photos from your desktop computer), a weather channel, and a news channel.

On the Mii channel, you can develop your own character, called a Mii, which is basically a cartoon-like avatar of yourself (but can look however you want it to). There’s also a Check Mii Out channel which allows you to create Miis that look like celebrities or famous characters, and enter contests!

The Wii also has an internet channel (powered by the Opera internet browser) where you can do basic browsing of the net and even watch YouTube! It’s almost like having an extra computer on your wireless network!

Nintendo is continuously adding new channels from time to time, so whether you’re new to the Wii era or have had one since they were released back in ’06, you’re sure to be entertained in many ways for years to come with Wii channels! And the revolution continues!

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4 Comments »

  1. admin says:

    Some member from StumbleUpon has mentioned that the Internet Channel is not free. That’s right only the users from the Beta program have the Internet channel for free. Btw. A great feature is that you can watch Internet videos on your TV ;)

    Posted on February 22, 2008, 9:54 am

  2. Jon says:

    I win! I was in the beta program ^_^

    Posted on February 22, 2008, 10:06 am

  3. admin says:

    me too :D

    Got one of the first Wii consoles right after the release date in 2006

    Posted on February 22, 2008, 10:08 am

  4. Edmond says:

    I do agree that wii is really revolutionary. It’s capabiliites makes it more than just a console. My company is in the industry of internet videos and recently we are wii enabled. Currently in private beta we allows wii users to browse videos from all over the web including youtube, hulu and many others for free. Yes is absolutely free what you need is the opera browser from your wii which cost $5.

    Currently we are accepting beta users to aid us in our video indexing. if you are keen, do drop me an email. If you do not have a opera browser, we are currently gifting it away (but to a selected few only due to our small budget).

    Posted on February 28, 2008, 12:47 am

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