Let’s start with the good, before I start with the bad. The Mii selection is huge, and the channel sends messages to your Wii Message Board every time a new contest begins. When you submit a Mii, you are given a submission number that others can use to directly find your exact Mii in a search engine. Cool.
That’s about it for the good. Ouch.
The most prominent and important error is the fact that you can’t even see the names of the Mii’s. In fact, those who submit them have to assign their Mii a 2 letter initial. Why, Nintendo? Is it because you don’t think people can offend others with only two letters? I suppose that’s true, but still – the whole point of the Wii in the first place was to appeal to a wide range of people – the young and the old. But if that’s so, why are you treating us all like we’re the 5-year-old child of a concerned/paranoid housewife? We’re big kids – we can handle the names of Mii’s. If something is offensive, we can just click a button that says “label this offensive”. There. End of the problem.
But now we have an even bigger problem because we don’t know who or what the Mii’s are supposed to be. Forgive me, but I can’t keep track of the initials of every obscure Japanese political figure. Maybe now people will work to make their Mii’s instantly recognizable, or maybe figuring out who or what the Mii’s are supposed to represent is Nintendo’s sick way of making us “have fun”. Of course, the Mii’s also have one listed “talent”. In my opinion, all it does is give you another clue for your guesses at who the Mii is supposed to represent. If Nintendo is going to go that far with hints, WHY DON’T THEY JUST GIVE US THE NAME!! If you see a brown haired boy with the initials “L.Y.” and the talent of writing, who’s the first person you’re going to think of? Many people would have no idea who my Mii was supposed to be, but if they saw the name “Light” or “L. Yagami”, the chances of them knowing that I made a Mii of Death Note’s Light Yagami shoot through the roof.
As hard to believe as it is, that’s not even where the problems with the initials end! On the channel’s search feature, you can search for Mii’s using gender and talent, or their submission number. Wait a minute… you can’t search for initials!? It’s like Nintendo wants to do a bad job!
Also, for those who have submitted Mii’s, there is no way to take them back, and most infuriating of all, you can’t see how many people have downloaded them. All you see is an obscure 5-star system with no explanation anywhere on the channel or even the digital Operations Manual. Like I said, why did Nintendo do that to us? “666 downloads!? Blasphemy! Burn the Wii! Riot at the Nintendo headquarters! Oh wait, now it’s 667………… but let’s still riot anyway!” Is that seriously what they’re worried about?
Overall, I am not too pleased with the Check Mii Out Channel. Something that was very bare-bones in the first place was made even more useless due to Nintendo’s stupidity. Although I do think I’ll be getting more time out of this than the Everybody Votes Channel (now we need an Everybody Poops Channel – see how dumb these names are? Check Mii Out!?), only because of the sheer variety. That is, if you can somehow manage to sift through everything and find what you’re looking for.