Share This Page Tweet. This article has multiple issues. Along with Sony and Xbox, it's staying in the gaming competition. While critics picked at Nintendo for removing backward compatibility, the DSi was still wildly popular and sold millions of copies.
The company's proposed online strategy at this point was called "simple, safe, free". Nintendo believed that the online platform's success directly propelled the commercial success of the entire Nintendo DS platform. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was developed to be easy to connect to, safe for everyone to use, and free. Basic features of the Wi-Fi Connection included worldwide matchmaking, leaderboards, tournaments.
Additional features were available between friends who exchanged Friend Codes. Each game that used the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection generated a unique twelve-digit Friend Code that could be exchanged with friends and be used to maintain individual friend lists in each game. Though certain games could be played online without a Friend Code, a Friend Code was required to play with a specific person.
Using a different copy of a game or loading the same copy in a different system generated a new Friend Code. Nintendo introduced these features as conscious steps to preserve users' privacy. If a DS or Wii game was sold, but not the system, there was no risk of the purchaser impersonating the seller. If a user needed to replace his or her DS system, then the old system's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID could be transferred wirelessly, in order to maintain the user's original Friend Codes on the new machine.
Some games required that the user had to use Friend Codes to use any online functionality. Many games have additional features that are enabled between registered friends. These may include customized matchmaking options, cooperative play, friend lists, text chat, and voice chat.
Certain Wii games use the digit Wii Number to share some data passively between mutually registered users via WiiConnect24 instead of using independent Friend Codes. Although, some of these games may use both the digit Wii Number and its own digit Friend Code, depending on whether the online connectivity requires either passive data-sharing or active multiplaying respectively. These fees will be paid for using Nintendo Points. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: WiiConnect24 was a feature of the Wii that allowed the system to be connected to the Internet even when the console was in standby mode.
Games and channels that utilized WiiConnect24 could send and receive data even while the game was not being played. Players who wished to send data to friends only needed to register each other's Wii System Code and not individual Friend Codes. When a message was received, the Wii's disc slot glowed blue. WiiConnect24 is succeeded by SpotPass for newer Nintendo consoles. Some users experienced difficulties with the service.
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 are available for purchase in the Wii Shop Channel. Currently all downloadable channels are free of charge.
Nintendo announced the purchase and redemption of Wii Points would be disabled on March 26, , and then shut down the channel on January 30, Virtual Console channels are channels that allow users to play their downloaded Virtual Console games obtained from the Wii Shop Channel. The Virtual Console portion of the Wii Shop Channel specializes in older software originally designed and released for home entertainment platforms that are now defunct.
These games are played on the Wii through the emulation of the older hardware. The prices are generally the same in almost every region and are determined primarily by the software's original platform. The WiiWare section specializes in downloadable software specifically designed for the Wii. The first WiiWare games were made available on March 25, in Japan. The WiiWare section is being touted as a forum to provide developers with small budgets to release smaller-scale games without the investment and risk of creating a title to be sold at retail somewhat similar to the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store.
While actual games have been planned to appear in this section since its inception, there had been no official word on when any would be appearing until June 27, , when Nintendo made an official confirmation in a press release which revealed the first titles would surface sometime in According to Nintendo, "The remarkable motion controls will give birth to fresh takes on established genres, as well as original ideas that currently exist only in developers' minds.
Nintendo handles all pricing options for the downloadable games. It has been discontinued. The Nintendo Wii received Netflix on March 27, It was only for American and Canadian owners but a Netflix disc was required.
As of October 18, American and Canadian Wii owners could watch Netflix instantly as a channel without requiring a disc. The Forecast Channel first became available on December 19, , and was shut down on June 28, due to the discontinuation of WiiConnect24 which it required. The Forecast Channel allowed weather reports and forecasts to be shown on the console from the Internet via the WiiConnect24 service.
The Forecast Channel displayed a view of the Earth as a user-spinnable globe courtesy of NASA , with which users could view weather in other regions. When fully zoomed out, an accurate star map was visible in the background. The Big Dipper and the constellation Orion are 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 you live in , and a laundry check Japan only. The News Channel allows users to access news headlines and current news events obtained from the Internet. However, not visiting the channel for a period of time will result in the ticker not appearing, until the channel is viewed. A December 20, update only released in PAL regions increased the number of news feeds to the channel, sourced from a larger number of news resources and agencies, providing more news that is available per country.
The Everybody Votes Channel allowed users to vote in simple opinion polls and compare and contrast opinions with those of friends, family, and people across the globe. The application allowed Wii owners to vote on various questions using their Mii as a registered voter. Additionally, voters could also make predictions for the choice that would be the most popular overall after their own vote had been cast.
Each Mii's voting and prediction record was tracked and voters could also view how their opinions compared to others. Whether the Mii was correct in its predictions or not, it was displayed on a statistics page, along with a counter of how many times that Mii voted. Up to six Miis could be registered to vote on the console. The channel was free to download. Each player could make a suggestion for a poll a day. Everybody Votes Channel was shut down on June 28, The YouTube channel allows the user to view YouTube videos on the television screen and has the ability to sign into an existing YouTube account.
Google plans to gradually make the channel available on Wii in other countries besides the aforementioned regions.
It was first available on November 11, Users can post their own Miis in the Posting Plaza, or import other user-submitted Miis to their own personal Mii Parade. Each submitted Mii is assigned a digit entry number to aid in searching. In the Contests section, players can submit their own Miis to compete in contests to best fit a certain description e. Mario without his cap. After the time period for sending a Mii has expired, the user has the choice of voting for three Miis featured on the judging panel, with ten random Miis being shown at a time.
Once the judging period is over, the results of the contest may be viewed. Participants in certain contests can add their user and submitted Mii to a photo with a background related to the contest theme. This picture can then be sent to the Wii Message Board. The Television Friend Channel allows Wii users to check what programs are on the television. Content is provided by Guide Plus. If an e-mail address or mobile phone number has been registered in the address book, the channel can send out an alert 30 minutes prior to the start of the selected program.
The channel tracks the stamps of all Wii users and allows users to rate programs on a five-star scale. Additionally, when the channel is active the Wii Remote can be used to change the TV's volume and channel so that users can tune into their shows by way of the channel.
The Digicam Print Channel is a channel developed in collaboration with Fujifilm that allow users to import their digital photos from an SD card and place them into templates for printable photo books and business cards through a software wizard. The user is also able to place their Mii on a business card. The completed design is then sent online to Fujifilm who print and deliver the completed product to the user.
The processing of individual photos is also available. It was planned to be available in Europe, Australia, and North America, but was never released in those regions. It was shut down on June 28, The channel was developed in collaboration with Media Kobo and allowed users to view fortunes for up to six Miis across five categories: The channel also featured a compatibility test that compared two Miis, and it also gave out "lucky words" that had to be interpreted by the user.
The channel used Mii birthdate data, but users had to input a birth year whenever they were loaded onto the channel. A video on-demand service channel was released in Japan on May 1, , it was planned to be released in North America. The channel is a joint venture between Nintendo and Japanese advertising agency Dentsu. The channel's interface is built around a virtual living room, where up to 8 Miis can be registered and interact with each other. The virtual living room contains a TV which takes the viewer to the video list.
Celebrity "concierge" Miis occasionally introduce special programming. A food delivery service channel was released in Japan on May 26, The channel offers a wide range of foods provided by different food delivery companies which can be ordered directly through the Wii channel. A note is posted to the Wii Message Board containing what had been ordered and the total price. The food is then delivered to the address the Wii user has registered on the channel.
It is only available in Japan. It was launched in Japan on November 27, ,  in North America on May 7, ,  and in Europe and Australia on May 30, ,  and was shut down on June 28, It allowed Wii users to watch videos such as interviews, trailers, commercials, and download demos for the Nintendo DS. In this capacity, the channel worked in a similar way to the DS Download Station.
The channel provided game info pages and users could rate games that they had played. A search feature was also available to assist users in finding new games to try or buy. The channel had the ability to take the user directly into the Wii Shop Channel for buying the wanted game immediately. The Nintendo Channel was updated with different Nintendo DS demos and new videos every week; the actual day of the week varied across different international regions.
The update introduces a new interface and additional features, options, and statistics for users to view. However, the European version is missing some of these new additional features, such as options for choosing video quality. In addition, a weekly show known as Nintendo Week began airing exclusively on the North American edition of the channel, while another weekly show called Nintendo TV , is available on the UK version of the channel.
The channel can work without inserting the Mario Kart Wii disc into the console, but to compete in races and time trials the disc is required. The use of the Mario Kart Channel allows for a number of options. A ranking option lets players see their best Time Trial scores for each track and compare their results to those of their friends and other players worldwide, represented by their Miis.
Players will have the option of racing against the random or selective ghosts, or improving their results gradually by taking on the ghosts of rivals, those with similar race times. Users had the option to submit these times for others around the world to view. Players could also manage and register friends using the channel and see if any of them were currently online. Another feature of the channel were Tournaments, where Nintendo would, on a regular basis, invite players to challenges in which a certain objective must be achieved in the fastest time possible similar to the missions mode found on the Nintendo DS game Mario Kart DS.
Players were also able to compare their competition rankings with other players. The Message Board's online connectivity is now defunct, along with the shutdown of its foundational WiiConnect24 service. It allowed users to leave messages for friends, family members, or other users on a calendar-based message board. Users could also use WiiConnect24 to trade messages and pictures with other Wii owners, conventional email accounts email pictures to console, but not pictures to email , and mobile phones through text messages.
Each Wii had an individual wii. Prior to trading messages, it was necessary to add and approve contacts in the address book, although the person added would not get a notification of the request. The service also alerted all users of incoming game-related information.
The Wii Message Board was available for users to post messages that are available to other Wii users by usage of Wii Numbers with the now defunct WiiConnect In addition to writing text, players could also include images from an SD card in the body of messages, as well as attaching a Mii to the message.
Announcements of software updates and video game news were posted by Nintendo. The Message Board could be used for posting memos for oneself or for family members without going online.
Hi Guest, As of June 3rd you will no longer be able to log in to Squidboards using your Smashboards account. Cookies Squidboards Discord Welcome! Apr 23, Messages: Any linguists in the house? I've been wondering about about the language that has been depicted throughout the world of Splatoon. Mostly curious about the orthography since we haven't really heard the language except for maybe a bit in the music.
First of all, is there any structure to the written language? If someone can confirm that it is all made up nonsense then this thread can be abandoned. Until then, I'd like to know what people think about "Inklanese" and it's inclusion within the overall aesthetic of the game. I myself haven't looked into it much but I really hope that it is interpretable. That would be inkredible attention to detail on the developers' part.
The official Tumblr calls the language "Inkling" so that is what we'll go with if we discuss any further developments. Lyn Squid Savior From the Future. I don't think they really have a strict language, it's probably just noises that sound similar to English or whatever language it's localised to.
RegularRandomPerson and Dark Dr. Pink-Gold Pit Jr like this. Apr 24, Messages: I kind of like " squid gin" http: Math , Mithical1 and Lyn like this. It would be pretty crazy if they made up their own language like the Ar tonelico games did http: Math and Mithical1 like this. I imagine the written language is a simple character swap from Japanese. That tends to be how Nintendo handles languages.
The spoken version is probably just random noises, though, perhaps made in familiar cadence to sound like sentences, but with no actual translatable meaning. Math , ThatsSo and Mithical1 like this. I myself am more partial to Squiddish or Inkish. I guess we'll see whenever the game comes out, it should be interesting to learn about the Inklings more. Hmm, I watched some footage again of people playing a single player mission with Octolings and they appear to die like Inklings do their soul flies out like a squid except purple.
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