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|Release date(s)||JP/NA/EU/AUS December 19, 2006|
|Input methods||Wii Remote|
The Forecast Channel allows weather reports and forecasts to be downloaded onto the console from the Internet via the WiiConnect24 service. The Forecast Channel displays a view of the Earth as a globe (courtesy of NASA), with which users can view weather in other regions. The user can also spin the globe. When fully zoomed out, an accurate star map is visible in the background (the Big Dipper and the constellation Orion are easily recognizable, for example). The Forecast Channel features include the current forecast, the UV index, today's overall forecast, tomorrow's forecast, a 5-day forecast (only for the selected country), and a laundry check (Japan only). Certain games (like Madden NFL 07 and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams) can use the Forecast Channel to simulate weather conditions depending on the player's region.
This channel's original online functionality has been shut down as of June 28, 2013 and works in neither Dolphin or on Wii hardware.
The RiiConnect24 service can restore the Forecast Channel functionality. Refer to . Because Dolphin doesn't emulate WiiConnect24, there is a program that RiiConnect24 made as a workaround to download the latest weather data regularly. See this tutorial for more details. This is no longer needed as of as Dolphin now has VFF downloader support. The channel will error out on first boot after being installed to the NAND, but will work fine after that.
Wii Menu Crashes Loading Forecast Channel's Banner
This channel does not need non-default settings to run properly.
The graph below charts the compatibility with Forecast Channel since Dolphin'srelease, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.
This channel has been tested on the environments listed below:
|Windows 7||Intel Celeron G1610 @2.6 GHz||Intel HD Graphics||Well, it started, but since the service was shut down i don't know how many stars should i put to it. It ran the same on my wii. "Unable to get latest information."||EblfIYH|
|macOS||Intel Core i5 @ 2.7 GHz||Intel Iris Pro||If you copy over the VFF from a Wii that has RiiConnect24, it works perfectly.||Larsenv|