Wii Nintendo Channel Goes Live

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Honestly, I don’t use any of the Wii’s various channels at all, other than to launch games of course. Everybody Votes, Check Mii Out, Weather, Internet, Photo… I personally just have no use for them. But this morning, waking to the ominous blue glow of my Wii’s disc tray, I discovered a channel I may actually use quite a bit: the Nintendo Channel. Here’s how Nintendo describes it.

Nintendo Channel is an interactive guide to what’s new in the world of Nintendo – now available for easy download from the Wii Shop Channel. Watch trailers, mini-documentaries, product demonstrations, and gameplay videos. Browse the game guide pages to get information about your favorite games on Wii and Nintendo DS. You can even click to order games straight from your Wii, if you have the Internet Channel installed. Make sure your Wii is connected to the internet, and get started!

So basically, the Nintendo Channel is a portal to all current and upcoming first and third party games coming to Nintendo platforms. Just finished checking it out and I liked what I saw. It’s got trailers, gameplay videos, interviews, downloadable DS demos (currently some pretty good stuff too like Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, Flash Focus, Crosswords DS and more), a game guide containing info on all the latest Wii and DS titles, and even a game recommendation feature that allows you to fill out a short form rating any title you’ve played for more than an hour (such games automatically show up in a list when you access this option). First activating the channel also comes with a couple of opt-in programs for sharing non-personal play data with Nintendo, but you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to.

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