Wii Launching with Some Online Functionality Disabled

photo_controller.jpgWith the all the craziness of the PS3 launch now behind us, let’s gear up for what should be a much milder launch day for the Wii.

Yesterday Nintendo sent around a press release detailing the functionality of their channels, specifically which ones would be available at launch. Of course players will be able to play Wii and Gamecube games using the Disk Channel, create their own persona using the Mii channel, and shop for virtual console game on the Wii Shop Channel (with a high-speed internet connection) right out of the box.

Some of the Wii’s promised functionality will be disabled initially when users boot the system up for the first time. Though Nintendo has promised that Opera will be providing internet browsing capabilities, it will not be available for download from the Wii Shop Channel on launch day. Nintendo did not specifically give a release date for the browser, but said that more information would be coming in the next few weeks.

Other channels that will not be available are the Forecast Channel, powered by Weathernews, and the News Channel with content provided by the Associated Press. The Forecast Channel will provide local weather news from anywhere in the world using a snazzy globe style interface and will launch on December 20th. One week later on the 27th the News Channel will officially launch. A high-speed connection will be required to access both of these upcoming channels.

While I’m sure this functionality isn’t enough to deter people from purchasing a system this coming Sunday, don’t be surprised when you’re not able to find these options available after setting the system up for the first time.

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Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including VGBlogger.com.