Nintendo Channel

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Nintendo Channel
Nintendo Channel.png
Type Downloadable
Developer(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii Channels
Release date(s) JP July 15, 2009
NA September 14, 2009
EU December 15, 2009
Genre(s) Utility, Media
Input methods Wii Remote, Nintendo DS
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Nintendo Channel
Playable
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The Nintendo Channel (also known as the Everybody's Nintendo Channel in Japan) allows Wii users to watch videos such as interviews, trailers, commercials, and even download demos for the Nintendo DS. In this capacity the channel works in a similar way to the DS Download Station. The channel provides games info pages and users can rate games that they have played. A search feature is also available to assist users in finding new games to try or buy. The channel has the ability to take the user directly into the Wii Shop Channel for buying the wanted game immediately. The Nintendo Channel was launched in Japan on November 27, 2007, in North America on May 7, 2008, and in Europe and Australia on May 30, 2008. The Nintendo Channel is updated with different Nintendo DS demos and new videos every week; the actual day of the week varies across different international regions.

An updated version of the Nintendo Channel was released in Japan on July 15, 2009, North America on September 14, 2009, and in Europe on December 15, 2009. 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 show Nintendo TV, is available on the UK version of the channel.

Emulation Information

Shut Down

This channel's 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 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.

DS Connection Support

While Dolphin does emulate the IOS modules for broadcasting and connecting to the Nintendo DS, there is no infrastructure to actually connect to any emulator or hardware unit.

Problems

"Nintendo Channel" Lettering

The "Nintendo Channel" Lettering that appears shortly after starting the channel is not being displayed correctly in Dolphin. In Dolphin, the Letters are displayed only halfway. Refer issue 12562.

Corrupted System File

After the initial setup, the channel will stop on a black screen complaining about a corrupt system file. This apparently has something to do with the lack of WiiConnect24 support in Dolphin. Refer issue 10200. Fixed by 5.0-17613.

Configuration

No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this channel.

Version Compatibility

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

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5.0-21606 (current)
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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 "The system file for the Nintendo Channel is corrupted. After deleting the Nintendo Channel from the Data Management screen, please download the Nintendo Channel from the Wii Shop Channel again. if the message still appears, visit support.nintendo.com." appear with black screen after accept Data-Sharing Settings. MiiMaker

Gameplay Videos