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Posted on Aug 7th 2007 at 06:59:11 PM by (Tondog)
Posted under Modern Gaming, Wii, Nintendo, Updates, Download

If you have your Wii hooked up to WiiConnect24, you'll notice that the blue light surrounding your disc slot is glowing. You know what that means. No, not that someone sent you a message because no one uses the message sending feature anymore. So, that leaves only one possiblity, Nintendo has something to tell you! This time, it's a firmware update. This update adds many nifty features to your Wii. Here's a listing of the new features from Nintendo's website.

Wii Menu
- The weather forecast will now be displayed on the Forecast Channel icon in the Wii Menu.
- Headline news will now be displayed on the News Channel icon in the Wii Menu.
- The current time will now be displayed in the Wii Menu.
- The area around the Wii Message Board button will now flash when a message arrives..

Wii Message Board
- You're now able to rearrange the order of your Wii Friends in the address book.
- You're now able to go into the Wii Friends registration screen by pressing the A Button on a blank spot in the address book.
- Envelope message icons will now appear on the calendar only on the dates when a message is received.
- Your message sending history will now be displayed in Today's Accomplishments.
- You can now scroll the message text by pressing the B button on the message screen.

Wii Shop Channel
- The search function on Virtual Console has been enhanced.

So, it took Nintendo eight months to realize that it would be nice to rearrange your Wii Friends, add friends by just clicking an empty slot, and see the weather without having to select the Weather Channel? Wow. They are really on top of their game! Wink

What's sad is that this is the most useful firmware update the Wii has ever had. And what's that?! A DIGITAL CLOCK! WHOAMG! That's next-gen technology next there!

(Image from Kotaku.com)

P.S. I like the Wii, but I just like poking fun at how behind the times it is.

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I really like the clock and new weather/news channel previews.
Uh, yay? Give me something fun to do in your next update. Also, Cincinnati is larger than Columbus, asshats.
Too bad the one thing that would actually make the Wii a resourceful tool would be a keyboard, which they have STILL not released. Sometimes I wonder what they are doing over there at Nintendo.

In the meantime, I am really holding myself back from buying a PS3 right now. I expected the Wii releases to be fast and furious, but they have been few and far between. On the plus side, they finally released Shining Force in the v-games library! Oh, wait.. I already have that game. I guess I am still disappointed.
They placated me with Paper Mario. Corruption needs to come out though.

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