|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.
WiiConnect24 Revival Services
Both RiiConnect24 and WiiLink can provide WiiConnect24 support in Dolphin through a variety of means. As of, users can automatically redirect to use the WiiLink service in Dolphin without needing to patch channels or manually download VFF files outside of the emulator. This can be enabled in `Options -> Configuration -> Wii` under the "Enable WiiConnect24 via WiiLink" setting.
Stale VFF Files
As of, Dolphin now supports downloading VFF files from WiiConnect24 services just like a real Wii. This allows users to connect to services like RiiConnect24 and WiiLink without the need for a VFF Downloader. Users that have previous used a VFF downloader may need to delete old VFF files before the new services will work. This is because VFF files downloaded with some revisions of the VFF downloader have been hacked to never expire, so the emulated system will never attempt to download new ones.
Support on Older Dolphin Versions
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|