Mario Kart Channel

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Mario Kart Channel
Mario Kart Channel.png
Type Game Channel
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Release date(s) JP April 10, 2008
EU April 11, 2008
AUS April 24, 2008
NA April 27, 2008
KO April 30, 2009
Genre(s) Utility
Input methods Wii Remote
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mario Kart Channel
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Mario Kart Wii allows players to install the Mario Kart Channel on their Wii console. 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 Ghosts of the best players, or improving their results gradually by taking on the Ghosts of rivals whose times are only slightly better than theirs. Players can choose whether they want to share their Time Trial Ghosts with the rest of the world, allowing them to match their skills against the "cream of the crop" whenever they want. The ability to download a random Time Trial Ghost is also available. Players can also manage and register friends using the Channel and see if any of them are currently online. Another feature of the channel are Tournaments, where Nintendo will, on a regular basis, invite players to challenges similar to the missions of Mario Kart DS. Players are also able to compare their competition rankings with other players.

Emulation Information

Shut Down

This channel's online functionality has been shut down as of May 20, 2014 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 5.0-19724, 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 5.0-17613, 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

Prior to 5.0-17613 some WiiConnect24 channels can still be made to work through the use of a VFF Downloader. There is a program that RiiConnect24 made as a workaround to download the latest weather data regularly. See this tutorial for more details.

Problems

There are no reported problems with this channel.

Configuration

This channel does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Mario Kart Channel since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This channel has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
4.0-3471 Windows 7 Intel Celeron B820 NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M Black Screen MiiMaker
5.0-3718 Windows 10 Intel Celeron G1610 @ 2.6 GHz Intel HD Graphics It runs well, but obviously, online features not available EblfIYH

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