The News Channel Global View allows you to look at news topics geographically

The detailed view of the Wii News Channel gives the reader the impression he is reading a newspaper
Nintendo's newest update adds an interactive news channel

Early this morning Nintendo quietly launched its long awaited Wii News Channel.  The channel was slated for a January 27, 2007 launch, but it appears those who have the console can already use the software.

The news feed only posts articles via the Associated Press and only a few categories are currently supported: National News, International News, Sports, Arts/Entertainment, Business, Science/Health and Technology.

The feed also features a "SlideShow" mode that allows users to watch as article headlines and leadlines zip past while outlining the dateline location on a map. 

The feature that sets Wii News Channel apart from a generic AP news feed is the "Globe" function.  By clicking this option in the lower right hand corner, each article becomes an icon on an interactive globe.  You can use the pointer to move the cursor around, zoom, tilt  or rotate the globe. When there are multiple articles in a single region, the articles stack on top of each other.

There is no ability to include alternate or additional feeds for the News Channel yet. The Nintendo Wii Forecast Channel went live on December 22, 2006.

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