On December 19, 2006, exactly 10 years ago, Nintendo released the Forecast Channel. To celebrate this anniversary, we’re releasing a beta of the RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel today. It finally has the current weather, and hundreds of cities to view. AwesomeMarioFan (another RiiConnect24 developer) helped a lot with getting this to happen, and the weather is from AccuWeather. Everything looks like how it used to.
I also need to say some things about how it’s working now, read this please. If you patched your Wii already to use RiiConnect24, the Forecast Channel will load without extra patches. The Channel only lets you pick a city from the United States as your local city. Basically, how it worked is every country had their own files with local cities. Also, the forecast is set to update every 3 hours, but we will work on making the current forecast update hourly or so.
If you’re confused and say the Forecast Channel worked before this, we just made it work by just using an old forecast file we had. That didn’t have the latest forecasts, until now. At least it was nice to play with the Channel again after so long.
The Forecast Channel was innovative. There’s not many forecast services which present you with a Globe. If there was, I’m sure it wouldn’t be as fun without using the Wii Remote. It also looked nice to see the forecast on the Wii Menu, where everything was. Ultimately, it also has nice, calming music, and there’s a different tune for day or night. I don’t think the Forecast Channel will be on the Nintendo Switch, but of course you’ll be able to use it on the Wii. I hope this brings back some Wii memories.
We at RiiConnect24 wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays. Please enjoy the RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel.