Photo Channel

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The Photo Channel is a channel built in with the Wii console which lets you download photos to the console. Once you've downloaded them, you will be able to do many things with it, such as painting on it, and even turning it into a puzzle. It will also let you make a sideshow as well.


The Photo Channel was developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development. It was designed to be built into the Wii. The principle foundation for the Photo Channel lied in the Wii's SD card slot. With it, users could upload their pictures and videos they've taken with a camera onto the Wii and view them. During the early stages of development, the director created a demo of how he wanted the channel to be. He showed his work to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who liked the special effects that could be added to the photograph. When developing the channel, the creators wanted to make it so that the user could upload an image quickly. Their goal was to make it faster than a PC, which they were able to accomplish.

Interestingly, the Photo Channel was the first channel that, during development, the developers made use of the Wii Remote's pointer function. In retrospect, the developers noted that the pointer controls worked better than they originally anticipated. With the Wii Remote, the player would be able to increase and decrease the size of stamps as well as rotate them simply by performing the appropriate gestures with the Wii Remote. Early on in development, the designers agreed that they would add a multiplayer feature though in order to do so they would have to overcome various obstacles. One of the programmers recalled how when people pressed the button at the same time during multiplayer, the channel would break. In the finalized version this problem is obviously removed.


Photo Viewer

The Photo Channel allows you to view photos on your SD Card. The photos can only be in jpeg format. You can zoom in or out of the photos. The channel also lets you view all the pictures on your Wii Message Board and edit them. Along with photos, you may also watch videos in .AVI format. A Slide Show can also be played of all the photos on your SD Card and Wii Message Board with pre-loaded songs or your own, which must be in M4A format.

"Fun!" Section

Along with viewing your photos, you can also edit and play with them. You can change the "mood" of the photo with different levels of brightness, black and white, zap, and hard-boiled. Another thing you can use is the Doodle function, which lets you draw and put stamps on your pictures. The last option you can do is a game where you complete a puzzle out of your photo.

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