Lately, we’ve rolled out some new changes with RiiConnect24 and we finally have enough to make a blog post about it. Here’s what’s new:
This might be obvious if you have taken a look at our site lately: we have a new site layout. I know we changed the layout a few months ago, but many people think this one looks better. In fact, on our Discord chat, we did a poll to see if anyone liked it. 34 people said yes, 6 people said no. So about 6 out of 7 people like the new look.
Sending out announcements has been fixed. We had to fix it so the announcements would be signed correctly.
RiiConnect24 is now using CloudFlare for optimal performance!
The RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel now has multi-language support. So you can now get the forecast if your Wii is set to use German, French, Spanish, Italian or Dutch. Japanese support isn’t ready yet, we’ll work on that soon™, even though I don’t know any Japanese users that use our service… It’s still good to have support for it, right?
Also, we’re working as best as we can on the RiiConnect24 Everybody Votes Channel right now. We know you guys are excited to see us getting that working, and we are too!
RiiConnect24 is now officially Open Source. All code for the News, Forecast, and the beta for Everybody Votes, is now public. This means anyone can view how we make the files (and hopefully improve!) – however we have kept keys private for obvious reasons.
You will find the code on our GitHub which will house most static file generators.
We hope all our users understand why we did this, and we also hope that you find this as awesome as we do.
Have you ever heard of the knockoff of the Wii, the Chintendo Vii? We’re proud to announce that RiiConnect24 is gonna be usable on that system, and we’re calling it ViiConnect24!
We’ve been hard at work reverse engineering the Vii, it’s a very interesting console but it’s nothing like the Wii. Surprisingly, it has network capabilities but was never used.
You will now be able to use the News and Forecast Channel with the Vii, receive mail, and eventually be able to use the Everybody Votes Channel. Also, Wiimm and Leseratte have been hard at work developing Viimmfi so you can play the great games on the Vii with people anywhere in the world.
Viimmfi will be great because the Vii has a lot of clones of Wii Sports games, and Wii Sports never had online capabilities (even though Wii Sports Club did) so you’ll basically be able to play those games online like you can in Wii Sports Club.
What? You don’t have a Vii? No worries because we’re gonna make a shop on our site called ViiBay that sells you all kinds of Viis in different colors soon™. We’re even gonna mod it so you can have that awesome glowing blue disc drive light you have on the Wii when you get a message.
The RiiConnect24 News Channel will now display headlines on the Wii Menu. Thanks to this, your Wii Menu might look a bit cooler and it adds more life to it. Now you can view the headlines without bothering to open the Channel.
The maximum amount of headlines that will show on the Wii Menu is 11. It might often reach the maximum amount, since a lot of the time there’s a lot of new articles that are added each hour.
It will show the headlines that have been added the last hour. Also, you have to access the News Channel regularly for it to display headlines. The same thing happens with the Forecast Channel, but the News Channel will stop showing headlines in a shorter period of time if you don’t check it.
We haven’t tested the thing extensively, so I hope it won’t give you NEWS000006 (Invalid Data) but I can’t guarantee it won’t. I hope you enjoy seeing the headlines show up on the Wii Menu, it’ll be nice to see it.
If you’re not using RiiConnect24 in the US, you might have noticed you have to pick a local city. Well you don’t have to do that anymore, because we’ve updated the Forecast Channel for you to be able to use a local city!
So we have a script which updates the Forecast Channel, and has one list of cities to use per language and country. Those are the cities that you will receive forecasts for when you load up the Channel. Every list has a bunch of local and international cities (the latter has the same cities for each country). So if you’re in Canada, you’ll have about 50 cities to choose from. This took some work to actually make these city lists, because we had to make most of for other countries by hand (we could’ve took all the cities Nintendo used from their servers by downloading the data files when the servers were up, but no one downloaded all of them so we couldn’t do that).
For small islands (like Jamaica or Dominican Republic) we decided to only put one city in there because I don’t think many people would have Wiis set up for RiiConnect24 there, and they’re islands anyway so they’re not gonna have many popular cities there.
There’s some countries in Europe (like Poland) that wouldn’t let you use the Wii Shop Channel or WiiConnect24 there and you couldn’t accept an EULA that would let you use both of those things. But you could have got around that would by using a homebrew application to change your country. We’re not gonna have local cities for those places since Nintendo didn’t support them and it’s more work for the server to download more cities for other countries.
The only supported language right now for the Forecast Channel is English, this is because we have to do more work to support other languages.
While we’re here, I want to say the News Channel now supports all 7 languages (Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch) and we plan on looking at how we can get the headlines to appear on the Wii Menu soon. This seems tricky, we don’t know why it’s showing them on the Wii Menu.
Also, we’re making slow progress on the Everybody Votes Channel. We’re just working on a script to make/update the polls, but the next challenge that we’re stuck on is having the Wiis let you vote/suggest on/for polls. Please don’t keep asking us what’s the progress on them, because we’ll keep you updated as soon as something happens.
Lately, we started using Twitter more if you haven’t noticed. Be sure to follow us here for updates about RiiConnect24!
We’re having a giveaway, so you can win a 3D printed logo with my signature on it! Please comment about what you would like to see on the Nintendo Switch to get an entry. The giveaway page is here by the way, so please click on the button about the blog post and put in the username you used for the comment in order to receive credit.
And I’m sure you guys are excited about the Nintendo Switch! We are too!
Good luck winning the logo!
Special thanks to CaptainFamicom for supplying the 3D printed logo.
We have finally got Wii<->PC mail working. So you can register your email on the Wii and it’ll work! Maybe in the future with this, it could be a way to receive newsletters or even get information about RC24!
Add someone’s email via the Address Book as you would with registering a Wii, it’ll send a confirmation email which you reply to, and you’re all set! Your email will be w<Wii number>@rc24.xyz! But the confirmation email will say your email is the old @wii.com email, but remember it’s @rc24.xyz.
We also changed the interval your Wii checks mail. Before, it checked every 10 minutes but now it checks every 5 minutes. So you can get that beautiful flashing blue light on your Wii faster!
In the future we’ll make it so if you send a JPEG with your email it’ll be sent to your Wii (you were able to do that), but now we at least have text email working.
Hope you enjoy playing with email on your Wii!
CREDITS TO thejsa for making this work (and putting up with the hours of coding)! 😀
P.S. You can rearrange people in your Address Book by pointing at it and holding down A + B (just like you can do for a channel).