…And I’m going to be one of those complainers. What? I can’t help it. What with the powers of blogging, and all.
Anyway, after updating my Wii (which never takes as long as those other guys), my forecast channel finally greeted me up on the main screen. I’m starting to like how the main screen is turning out, what with those blank boxes starting to disappear. Still makes me wonder, though, won’t we max out the available channels by the time Wii’s successor shows up? 48 channels may sound like a lot, but five years down the line? I’m not too sure about that.
After setting up my Forecast Channel by telling the Wii which city you live in or near, you finally get to see what we’ve been missing since launch. Sorry to say, not that much.
It’s not like it isn’t great. The thing is pretty damn cool. Reminds me of Civilization IV’s Earth interface, but there’s not much to it. You get to spin the globe to whatever destination you want to see, and check on its weather forecast. It gives you the UV Rating, the current temp, today’s and tomorrow’s predicted, and the 5-day forecast. Last I checked, the South Pole was at 3 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s pretty cool, and damn accurate, but aside from that, it’s pretty basic. Some cities don’t even give you the 5-day.
The 3D globe feature is probably the best thing about it. You get to zoom in/out, and scroll around the whole thing. Closer you get in, the more cities pop up. The city I live in wasn’t included, which is surprising, seeing as how it’s a fairly big city for the area, but I just picked the next closest one. The biggest problem I’ve found is the lack of detail you get when zooming in. My area on the map didn’t even show the Hudson River, which is nearly a mile wide where I live. It just showed a grassy area. And that was for the entire state. The thing is a major staple of NY’s landscape and Nintendo can’t even put in a small blue line? For shame!
Amazingly, though, the star formations that are viewable when you zoom out are in their correct positions, based on real data. That’s all well and good, but I wants me my river!
Even though these are seriously bad nitpicking issues, there is one thing that I’m seeing a legitimate problem with. With Nintendo trying to make the Wii accessible to non-gamers, the fact that you need to load a channel before viewing it is somewhat of a problem. Xbox Live is right in your face, but the Wii’s Channels seem counter-intuitive to me. Do they really expect people to keep coming back and loading everything all the time? It makes the system very disjointed in my opinion.
But I have to give major props on the menu music. It’s… ethereal. Nintendo is doing a bang-up job in the music department with the Wii. My personal favorite is still the Virtual Console menu music, but if they keep doing what they’re doing, I’m gonna need an OST soon.