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“Check Mii Out Channel” Wii Impressions

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a post Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here! It was written right when the Check Mii Out Channel was first released.

If you’re a true Wii fan, you probably already have the Check Mii Out Channel, the latest of Nintendo’s attempts to be cool in the online world. Did they succeed? Read on, dear reader.The Check Mii Out Channel was announced long ago as the Mii Popularity Channel. The planned main premise back then was the same as how it ended up now – you can submit Mii’s you’ve created to the huge online Mii Plaza where anyone can see your creation and, if they like it, import it to their own Mii Plaza. There are also contests that challenge you to design a Mii following certain guidelines (the first one was “Mario without his cap”). Later players can view the submissions and vote on the winner.Um… why did this take so long to come out?

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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.

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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?

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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.

By Josh60502

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  1. October 13, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I wish that we could search our friends mii’s by wii address : /

    Cool blog btw !

  2. omma
    December 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    My kids and I enjoy both the check mii out and everybody votes channels. Sounds like you’d be better suited to playing Xbox360 or Ps3 as they require much less imagination.

  3. December 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    You could have all the imagination in the world, but without being able to effectively communicate it, what’s the point?

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