Do you remember the days leading up before the forecast and news channel releases when you’d perform random system updates, hoping that they’d magically give you the channel? Well, you might want to go perform a Wii system update right now, ’cause a new channel’s been released to the public.
After performing a Wii system update, head over to the Wii Ware section of the Shop Channel. Right above the Internet Channel, you’ll notice a new option for download, the “Everybody Votes” Channel. Download, watch Mario gather coins and hit bricks and viola! You’ve got a new channel to enjoy! Make sure you’ve got 53 blocks of memory open first, though.
And what a channel it is! Apparently, Nintendo is very interested in finding out your views on random topics. But you can’t take part in the polling bonanza right after downloading; first you must register (Ha! Get it? Because you aren’t technically a voter unless you register first!) a Mii to represent your virtual self.
Then you get to decide which poll you want to participate in. Right now options are rather limited and vary by region, and it seems like there are only 3 polls in which you can participate. Each poll will only be available for a certain period of time, so you’d better hurry and participate while you can. ‘Cause believe me, you’ll really want to tell Nintendo whether you prefer dogs or cats, or if you think chocolates are more romantic than roses.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this channel is its inclusion of a “submit a poll” feature. While this technically could be used for the powers of good rather than evil, we here at Nintendic envision hordes of fans submitting polls that ask “Are Virtual Console games overpriced?”; “Should Nintendo do more with online gaming?”; “Who should be in Smash Bros. Brawl?”; or my personal favorite, “When should Super Mario Galaxy be released?”, with poll answers including the options of “Now,” and “Right now, dammit!”
While this new channel is fairly limited in functionality at the moment, its potential is huge. While quirky and somewhat inane right now, Nintendo could definitely use this to better determine what fans want.
What other channels would you like to see in the future?