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19 December 2006 @ 11am

The First Wii Update: The Weather Channel

My Wii was flashing when I woke up, like other people’s. Nintendo sent us an email about a system update to install the “Forecast Channel”. After running a short update over the wireless network here, I was up and running.

I have one gripe, for their data provider: Your list of Virginia cities is as follows: Richmond (why is this first?), Alexandria, Arlington, Blacksburg (excellent!), Charlottesville (boo Hoos), Danville, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach.

I’d like you to read that list again. Eight cities (and arguably, one is not a city, but a rather small town) comprises their list for the great Commonwealth. Eight. There’s more than eight notable cities between western Loudoun County and Washington, D.C., and they have eight for the state!

Aside from the complete lack of cities in most of the United States and around the world, it’s neat. I can view my weather forecast for whatever city I like. Much like Google Earth or NASA’s World Wind, I can zoom out to a globe, which is grabbable with the Remote. You can even spin it with damped rotational momentum (it spins after you let go, but eventually slows down).