RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel Update!

The Channel Nintendo never released!

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!

Wii<->PC mail is finally here!

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).

RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel Beta Released

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.

RiiConnect24 Mail!

We are proud to announce an alpha WiiConnect24 Mail system! It works on Wii, but not currently vWii.

You will need:
A Nintendo Wii (not a vWii!)
NWC24MSG.CFG patcher: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/206934926136705024/254447947037671425/mail.zip
The latest IOS Patcher: https://github.com/RiiConnect24/IOS-Patcher/releases
WiiXplorer: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/WiiXplorer
A WAD installer

NOTE: You need to repatch your IOS if you haven’t before.

Instructions:
1. Get `/shared2/wc24/nwc24msg.cfg` from your Wii NAND via WiiXplorer (If your WiiXplorer doesn’t show NAND, update!)
2. Drag it onto mail.exe : this autopatches the nwc24msg.cfg to our servers (Linux x86 and x64 and Mac builds soon™)
3. Put it back onto SD card, enable WiiXplorer NAND writing (Settings -> Boot Settings), and copy it back to the folder, overwriting.
4. Install the IOS WADs created.

There are, however, some bugs: most channels will error out with 102032 – this is due to their IOS not having said patch (we are working on fixing this and removing the need for a patch, but it could take a long time)
We will be updating the IOS patcher for new IOSes some point in the future.

If you need any help, come to our Discord! https://discord.gg/sGRwfxx (If you are having issues patching IOS, you can ask someone who will surely help)

WARNING: RiiConnect24 is not liable for any damage caused by our patchers in any way, shape, or form. We recommend installing BootMii (@boot2 is the best, but @IOS if you cannot install @boot2), aswell as Priiloader, and taking at least one NAND backup before installing.

Please do not comment here for WADs or similar!

RiiConnect24 News Channel Beta v3 Released

We’ve been working hard the last few months to add more stuff to the RiiConnect24 News Channel. It’s been a lot of work, but we finally have a few things that will now be on articles.

  • AP Logo – this is something small, but we’ve updated the logo displayed for AP articles to be the current one.
  • Locations – these come from Google Maps API. Thanks to that, pretty much any location on the news article will show up on the right spot correctly on the Globe. Not even the way Nintendo did this was good as our method.
  • Pictures – they’re a bit small but there’s a file size limit so they’re small to save space.
  • Remove News Duplicates – the duplicates are gone.

We’re working on more stuff too.

  • Other News Languages – news will soon be available in Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
  • Wii Menu Articles – we’re trying to make news articles display on the Wii Menu. It looks cool to see them on there, but so far it’s a little tricky for us to have them show up.

We’re also working on more.

  • Animal Crossing: City Folk DLC – we’re still doing a few more things for it to be distributed.
  • RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel – this will have the latest forecasts and cities for other countries.
  • Rii no Ma – We will be selling Mii products that were originally sold on Wii no Ma, a Japanese Channel that had many things – videos, shopping, etc. but the most interesting thing is the Mii products.

RiiConnect24 is Back on Twitter

We’re informing you that we’re back on Twitter. Anything we post on this blog will be on there.

https://facebook.com/RiiConnect24 will mirror the Twitter page.

The RiiConnect24 News Channel now uses the Globe again. Check it out.

We will add the pictures next.

We’re also working hard on getting the RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel to update and it’s been going well.

RiiConnect24 Forecast Channel Works

Well we finally have made this work. The Forecast Channel works again.

Even the globe works again.

To my surprise someone made a video of this working pretty soon after we got it working last night.

This doesn’t have the latest weather yet but we are working on updating that.

If you live somewhere else than the United States then you will still have to select a city in the United States to set your location to. We will fix this later.

If you have followed the instructions correctly to use this on your Wii no other patches are necessary.

If you get error codes while loading the RiiConnect24 News/Forecast Channel then please follow this.

We’re still working on the RiiConnect24 News Channel. The next thing that will come back is the Globe. We know that that’s probably one of your favorite things to do with the News/Forecast Channel.

We hope this brings back memories or just want to use this again.

RiiConnect24 News Channel Beta v2 Released

We updated the stuff to download the latest news on the RiiConnect24 News Channel. The next time you visit the Channel, you will be able to see the latest news.

Please note that this is still in beta, so you might get errors like NEWS000006 which means Invalid Data. If you get those errors, please don’t contact us about stuff like that since we will try to be fixing the problems as we encounter them.

Since we’re still working on organizing the stuff with topics every news article will be in a category named “Uncategorized”.

Thanks for using it.

RiiConnect24 Comic Strips Gallery

For your entertainment we have made a gallery of all of the comic strips we have made.

https://riiconnect24.net/strips/

We hopefully will make more soon.

The RiiConnect24 News Channel Beta v2 is very close to being released. The only thing we will change with this is the automatically updating news. And the Animal Crossing: City Folk DLC is too.

They both should be released in the upcoming few days.