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Rain on my mii parade

December 20, 2006
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Wii’s weather channel is out, and with it Wii is one step closer to being fully realized as the console that we should’ve received on November 19th. Hey, when it comes to Nintendo you take what you can get.

It’s a nice little thang, with instant weather updates – or every 4 hours, which is instant enough for weather as far as WiiConnect”24″ is concerned – for your area and worldwide. You get a UV indicator for beach days or when you want an excuse to strut through downtown with your Ray-Ban’s, 5 day forecast to plan your weekly quest to the game store, highs of the day (but not lows), and other little niceties. Definitely a novelty feature, not a TWC replacement.

The best thing about it is that it stops the Forecast Channel on your Wii channel guide from being a freeloading, useless bastard. That extra blue square livens up the Wii atmosphere pleasantly. Oh, and if you click it you can instantly check your forecast without going to the globe, which is nice, but i wonder why they didn’t make it show up on the channel’s little preview window among all the other channels like previews showed before. As i said, you can’t have it all.

Its most glaring flaws are the absence of windchill factor and an utter lack of Mr. G. That’s a dealbreaker.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. frisby permalink
    December 20, 2006 8:49 pm

    maybe if games such as say..Animal Crossing shared the weather as your local town that would be cool. Other than that I don’t see me looking at the Wii Weather Channel too much.

    BRING ON THE NEWS!!!

  2. Leon permalink
    December 20, 2006 9:39 pm

    A novelty? I can understand Frisby not wanting to use it as from his comment I can assume he’s not into checking the weather. However, this offers a great service to those who are. The weather on TWC or anywhere else for that matter is not always instant or dot on. It’s always “updated last at [insert time]” where ever you go.

  3. frisby permalink
    December 20, 2006 9:44 pm

    Well i have better ways of checking the weather, and locally. I live in a small town and the nearest city with weather available on the channel is 2 hours away. If I still lived in Dallas I would probably use it more often.

  4. December 20, 2006 10:34 pm

    Well so is the Forecast channel, Leon. It tells you “updated at 7 o’clock” when you’re checking in at 9, and i live in NYC.

    The Weather channel is more instant for the simple fact that your tv is probably on a lot more than your Wii is and all you gotta do is dial in the channel and you’ll know the weather. With Wii you gotta turn it on, load the system, and if it hasn’t updated in a while, go to the globe which takes a few more seconds. It’s impractical while your Wii is off, especially if you’re in a hurry.

    It’s nice for those who’re planning to go out right after a game session and want to check it before they shut their Wii off. (Who’s “into” checking the weather like that, anyway?)

  5. Leon permalink
    December 21, 2006 1:51 am

    But I think we can both agree the Wii way is a lot more fun. It is it’s own game … well sorta…

  6. December 21, 2006 1:59 am

    Of course.

  7. frisby permalink
    December 21, 2006 2:02 am

    I have to agree WIi’s UI in itself is fun.

  8. December 21, 2006 1:07 pm

    What happened to the good ol’ “just look out your window, stupid!”??

    Anyway, I do agree that the Wii’s Weather Channel, like the Photo Channel, although they aren’t that useful, they are a lot of fun. And you gotta love that spage-age background music!

  9. Linxdev permalink
    January 1, 2007 10:08 pm

    Integration into games would be awesome. When I played MS Flight Simulator 2002 it would integrate with weather. Look out side it was raining in the simulator at my locale it would be raining. As you flew the weather where you flew would reflect the weather in that area.

  10. kabababrubarta permalink
    March 26, 2007 8:24 pm

    Cool! kabababrubarta

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