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WiiConnect24

WiiConnect24 is a feature of Nintendo's Wii that was announced at E3 2006. WiiConnect24 is not the same as the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which is for competitive online gameplay.

What it does

It enables some of the system's features to work while the console is on stand-by; for example, a player might be able to visit another player's town and leave that them messages in Animal Crossing without them being present.

The service will also be used to distribute content such as software patches and updated game content while the Wii is not in use. It is also to receive messages when the Wii is off.

WiiConnect24 can be turned on or off via the Wii's Setup Interface. The Wii Optical Drive will glow a neon-blue color when content has been received. The brightness level of this blue color can also be changed via the Setup Interface, with the options of Bright, Dim, or Off. The Wii's Power LED shows the current status of WiiConnect24 when the system is powered off:

  • Red: system in standby, WiiConnect24 is off.
  • Orange: system in standby, WiiConnect24 is on.

Compatibility

During an interview with the Japanese newspaper, Nikkei Business Publications, Nintendo's CEO previous Satoru Iwata revealed that the WiiConnect24 could be used for the downloading of demos for the Nintendo DS.

"Let's say your Wii is connected to the Internet in a mode that allows activation on a 24-hour basis. This would allow Nintendo to send monthly promotional demos for the DS, during the night, to the Wii consoles in each household. Users would wake up each morning, find the LED lamp on their Wii flashing, and know that Nintendo has sent them something. They would then be able to download the promotional demo from their Wii systems to their Nintendo DS’."

According to Nintendo's European micro-site for the Wii, WiiConnect24 can be used to send SMS messages "to family members that are out and about", and exchange pictures and messages with other Wii users.

Channels

  • Everybody Votes Channel (new polls and poll results)
  • Forecast Channel (current local and worldwide weather conditions)
  • Mii Channel (Miis created by friends can be shared)
  • News Channel (the latest news articles and headlines)

Trivia

  • At the E3 2006 Nintendo Conference, Nintendo’s previous president Satoru Iwata once described Wii as "the system that never sleeps.".
  • The WiiConnect24 system requires about the same amount of power as a miniature light bulb.
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