Channels The Wii Channels section features additional non-game channels that can be downloaded and used on Wii. Downloading During downloads, an 8-bit Mario runs across the screen collecting coins, representing the download's progress. Pressing the A button will make Mario shoot fire balls if he is Fire Mario. Sometimes, Luigi appears in place of Mario, or both Mario and Luigi will swim across the screen. There are six different animations, some appearing more often than others.
Software downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel is saved onto the Wii console's internal memory. After a download is complete, the new software appears on the Wii Menu as a channel. Software can be copied to SD cards or re-downloaded for free. Wii consoles with system software version 4. Revisions and Updates The Wii Shop Channel has received several updates since launch that have added new features and functionality. These pages feature highly detailed background information and tips and tricks for newly added Nintendo published games.
On March 30, , PAL regions received separate news articles for every new game added in an update to the Wii Shop's front page. Previously, all new games in an update would be announced in a single piece of news with the exceptions of some flagship titles, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time , with very little background information. On August 6, , the Wii Shop Channel's interface was heavily updated.
Four "Recommended Titles" are now featured on the Wii Shop Channel's splash page where they can be easily accessed, with new titles and prices indicated. Games are now categorized by system, genre, and publisher with the number of games in each category shown. A search tool was also added to allow users to search for a specific game. A December 10, , update added the ability to send software as gifts to Wii Friends. Along with this update, European Wii owners were given the ability to exchange points collected on the Nintendo of Europe website "Stars" for Wii Points.
The update also included a redesigned start screen and Wii Menu icon that now promotes recently released games. On March 20, , the Wii Shop Channel was updated in preparation for the launch of WiiWare games coming out later that spring. On October 22, , the Wii Shop Channel received an update where the controller information was moved to a separate window within the game program.
The Wii Shop Channel also prompts the user before he or she purchases a game to confirm if the user has the required controllers. The Wii Shop Channel also supposedly loads faster after this update. Wii Download Tickets may be found packaged with select retail software and accessories such as Wii Speak and contain a digit code which can only be used once that allows you to download specific software titles.
On March 25, , the Wii Shop Channel was updated so that channels can be downloaded to and played directly from an SD card. On October 20, , the Wii Shop Channel was updated so that demo versions of certain games could be purchased for free at different points in time. On September 8, , Nintendo released another Shop Channel update. Interestingly, nothing else was changed in the update. It uses a secure connection to the servers, so we cannot sniff it.
In previous versions of the channel, the connection wasn't secured. We've tried using these codes on the Internet Channel without success. If you have the latest git of libogc, available from git: