Nintendo creates online catwalk for Wii Miis
Brickbats or bouquets
Nintendo has launched a Wii channel for fanboys - and girls - that lets them post their Mii avatars online and have other users praise or pillory them.
For anyone not in the know, a Mii is a Wii-centric cartoon representation of yourself. Your Mii can be personalised by changing, say, eyebrow shape or hair colour and is then used to represent yourself in games.
Create your Mii on your Wii
However, Nintendo now wants users to log onto the channel, post their avatar and let everyone have either a virtual slagging match or virtual chat-up session. For example, “your avatar's c**p” or “your avatar's cute”.
A contest section has also been created that challenges gamers to create Mii avatars of famous people.
Cunningly dubbed Check Mii Out, the channel is available for free from the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel.
Nintendo Service Centre
Hey, at least you got a response out of them. Almost a fortnight on I am still waiting to hear back about a possible fault, which may have worsened in the meantime. Why bother publishing an email address no-one appears to bother to monitor? Ah, it'll be the semi-premium-rate number you phone in desperation instead, that no-one bothers to answer. If it hadn't been for SayNoTo0870 we would be several pounds poorer for no benefit whatsoever.
following on from David Gosnell's comments regarding their other rubbish channels..
The opera browser they flog these days ain't much cop anyway.
I've emailed Nintendo (via their service centre) a list of improvements they should implement, and was told they had no plans to release any improvements, but that my email would be forwarded to Nintendo Europe.
Anyone else who's using the Wii browser will know the benefits of them adding:
1) Browser tabs. Multiple webpage browsing is a must these days!
2) Tying the browser session to a user's Mii. Favourites can then be stored for that individual user rather than along with everyone else's in the household.
3) Also, allowing tying it to a particular user, any household members visiting the same sites (e.g. webmail or facebook) can remember their password without having to re-enter it every time their sister/mum/dad/brother has been on it.
4) Custom dictionaries (again associated to an individual Mii), so that it remembers commonly entered words like your surname, town or email address.
5) making the mailto: links do *something*. You can't even copy an email link and then fire up a webmail client (in the same window, as it doesn't have tabs! grrr) and paste it. Either create an email client as part of the internet channel/browser, or somehow allow a user to specify a webmail to open when clicking a link, which will hopefully automatically begin composing an email with the To: field already entered?
6) Flash 8 and above not supported, but that's Adobe holding that up, I gather.
7) not even being able to sample small mp3 clips when considering buying a CD on a shopping site, due to MPEG not being supported!
8) A quick delete option when you click on a text field? how about if you hold down the delete key for a few seconds it wipes the entire field completely?
This is supposedly no longer a beta, and they actually expect you to pay money for it. I'm sure others have similar suggestions for improvements. If Nintendo expect whole families to gather round the Wii for internet sessions, then they have a bit more work to do yet.
Maybe you Mii could also appear in 2nd life with all of the other Avatars to do whatever you do in 2nd life
Not actually a bad thing...
its pretty good really... allows you access to using more varied wii's than you might also have too (if you're too lazy to create your own)
oh and FYi
It's called the Wii Contest Channel....
I don't mind spin but blatant lies and misinformation? I thought I was reading about bush on digg for a minute.