Nintendo News | Wii Play History Revealed (Update)

By Jorge Ba-oh 30.09.2006 27

Nintendo have revealed more information on the upcoming Wii as the central multimedia hub in the home, elaborating on the message board and the new "Play History" features to keep a family in touch.

While initially many had assumed the message board to be very basic, Nintendo have relently elaborated on the feature. The message board is the core feature of the console, to help players "communicate with each other, at the risk of oversimplifying; it is a system that allows messages and memos to be posted on the calendar. It can therefore be used without even being connected to the network."

The board collects "memories over time, recording what different family members have done," according to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President. "These days, because everyone is so busy, it is becoming more and more difficult for people to take the time to sit around the table and chat." To keep players on track the Wii comes will an integrated calendar and scheduling feature tired into the board, with messages being posted at any date and time. "A quick look at the Wii Message Board will allow the family members to feel the presence of the others, even if only slightly".

This can also interestingly be interweaved into games

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They really are taking their Animal Crossing time scale into consideration here. It does sound like a good idea however I can't really see it going up there with the likes of DVD players etc...

Let's hope it goes back further than the near-useless two month history in Brain Age.

Seems like a neat wii feature


Oh i feel so American


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If they're doing all that, there's absolutely no reson why they can't do cross game party invites etc, and say who's playing what on you WiFi friends list. This also pretty much confirms that there will at least be a universal friend code, if not a 'Gamertag', which is a relief.

Hopefully they'll talk about the online service soon.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

It's more of a Japanese-feature where family is scattered throughout the day AND no one fears to use Wii to make notes. It's interesting to see if this feature is been considered important by consumers in Europe.
Not a killer-feature for me, though...

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Laurelin said:
Its more of a Japanese-feature where family is scattered throughout the day AND no one fears to use Wii to make notes. Its interesting to see if this feature is been considered important by consumers in Europe.Not a killer-feature for me, though...

Not for me either but it will be a big thing in Japan and Korea really family orientated countries and i suppose it could be useful thing to have in the other terrorities but then again Nintendo keep proving us wrong


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

*Leaves a note on t.v* "Remember to get the tv license!

If you included DVD in there as wellSmilie

Yeah, it's such a shame (imo) DVD playback was missing - would make the whole thing complete.

I really love some of the ideas there, really unique! Lol, I don't think I'd end up using the Wii notice board, but it could come in handy!

( Edited on 27.09.2006 23:54 by jb )

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*Leaves a note on t.v* Remember to get the tv license!

Lol!!

What about *Leaves a note on Wii*
"From Mom - You played too much Wii yesterday, so no Nintendo for you today. Now turn it off."

I for one am not too worried about the lack of DVD playback - I've already got a perfectly good DVD player sat under the TV, so why would I want another?
I've seen it said somewhere (read so many interviews with Nintendo staff recently) that that was their thinking on the matter - most people already had DVD players so wouldn't miss it as a feature.

I liek that note feature though. The message thing sounds strange...

I think you read this about DVD players already set in almost every household here on Cubed

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

I really do hope they have a universal friend code system in place. Where people invite, and you have to accept - like MSN styled.

"Mr Pervert is inviting you to be his friend - Do you accept?"

That kinda thing would be good - and please, please Nintendo - names not numbers. I have trouble memorising a short phone number!

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*g* I have problems memorising names...

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Sounds a lot better than the DS system for sure. Communication between gamers is what derifintiates the game from playing CPU. It is also great to able just to send messages to your friends (friends list) and I like it how it informs them that you have got a game. The animal crossing thing sounds good also.
Now I am pretty sure they will do this, but I really hope once you have added someone to your friends list, that the number disappears and is replaced by their username or whatever.

Sounds like a pretty nice feature.
I suspect the DVD idea may have been scrapped because while it would have been a really nice feature it's very passive, it's not really getting them to use the wiiremote.
Sure they will use it to turn it on and go throught the DVD menu but then what? there sitting there for 2 hours completly uninterested in the wii (it would just be a DVD to them player after all).
The functions they are putting into it seem cleverly planted in so they while there branching out to other non game uses they are getting the potential non gamer using the remote, getting them used to it and then there is the chance they might try out a game.
A DVD player would have probably boosted sales a bit but for all the wrong resons. It still would have been nice for a dongle add on but then again I do have 4 DVD players in the house. So not a huge loss, thats my view behind the whole thing.

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Just updated this story with some new pics of the interface in action.

Looks pretty good!

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I hope you can change the silveryness of the GUI (like on the 360, where you choose the guide background colour from an RGB slider thingy) because I will be one of the first people to say that, imo, silver doesn't look suave and sophisticated, it looks tacky. I think thats a clich

Love love the idea of knowing the top games played in a year, ect.

That could be quite revealing that.
I hope Nintendo keep it, and let us have the option of uploading the data somewhere.
eg.
(imagine if we had a "most played game in europe" chart as well as most bought? )

"From Mom - You played too much Wii yesterday, so no Nintendo for you today. Now turn it off."

"Dear Mom - Stop playing my Wii! If you wanted to use it this much, you should have helped me buy it!"

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"That kinda thing would be good - and please, please Nintendo - names not numbers. I have trouble memorising a short phone number!"


No, one unique number is better.
Its much easier to have a unique number then a unique name.

You can then have whatever nick you want tied to the name. (like ICQ).
It is a bit more bother, but its safer and slightly more spam-prove.

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If I find any messages on my Wii someone's going to get injured... Nobody goes in my room damnit! Smilie

Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

I want no near my Wii maybe except Beyonce or Jlo .... sorry i couldn't resist


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

Beyonce and JLo wether away and die. But your Wii stays the same, it's actually bright white plastik with rumble in it, Mr. Ashcroft...

Sorry, couldn't resist either.


Hey, wow. For me interface-fetishist these new shots are looking good, wonderful!
I can't help, but the Mii-crowd somehow looks funny. I love the interface. The messages are looking far more acceptable than I thought they would.

And true: for a Wii that's not placed in the living-room, these fridge messages are not very important. But when put next to the famlily-TV, these messages, along with the channels, could actually work very well.
Plus the channels are nothing new, but they feel like totally natural. So I think Nintendo will have some more success with people using it than XBox live. And maybe it'll be better than PS3-internet-thingy, but I do not know anything about it and never saw any pictures.

The thing someone earlier said about DVD being passive is an interesting idea. Very philosophical. *rumble* I have a star left! *giving star*

I do hope the IPL of the Wii makes as much fun to use as the picture and videos suggest...

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

Let's hope it goes back further than the near-useless two month history in Brain Age.

i have japanese brain trainig and the historys lasted for a year and growing

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