NINTENDO SAYS 'CHECK Mii OUT' WITH CREATIVE NEW CHANNEL FOR Wii
Free Interactive Channel Lets Users View, Vote for the Best Mii Creations
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- It's no secret that fans of Nintendo's
Wii(TM) system love their Mii(TM) characters -- those adorably cartoonish
caricatures of friends and family members that can be used in games like Wii
Sports(TM). Some of the more artistic fans have even taken it upon themselvesto make Miis of celebrities, politicians and fictional characters. Nintendo
supports consumers' creative spirit with the Nov. 11 evening launch of the
Check Mii Out Channel. This free new channel can be downloaded from the
WiiWare(TM) section of the Wii Shop Channel by people who have their Wii
systems connected to the Internet.
"The Check Mii Out Channel lets people show off their Mii creations and
vote on those created by others," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's
senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "It's yet
another way that we're building fun, interactive communities of Wii owners
without charging them extra for the privilege."
In the Posting Plaza, users can submit, exchange or just browse Miis posted by
others in their region or worldwide. The channel offers the ability to look at
a random selection of 1,000 Miis or to see just the current orall-time
favorites. Players have a variety of ways to search for specific Miis,
including by the name of its creator or by a number specific to each Mii. Once
users have found that "special Mii," they can even tag their favorites or
import them to their own Wii systems.
The contest section of the Check Mii Out Channel challenges users to submit Mii
creations to represent a specific person, character or theme. These could
include historical figures (Abraham Lincoln or Vincent Van Gogh), fictional
characters (the Tooth Fairy or the New Year's Baby) or descriptive themes ("the
biggest bully ever" or "the overbearing boss"). Users can then vote on Miis
submitted by others to determine the Mii that best fits the challenge. Each
contest will generally last two weeks: one for creating and submitting Miis,
and the second week for people to vote on the results.
The Check Mii Out Channel is the latest addition to other fun, interactive
informational channels, such as the News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel and
Forecast Channel. Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo
Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for
its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM)
systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more
than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like
Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned
subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as
headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more
information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nintendo.com.