GDC 07: New Mii channel in the works

Shigeru Miyamoto announces that he is working on new Wii channel centered on the customizable avatars that will feature international popularity contests.

SAN FRANCISCO--At the Nintendo keynote address delivered by the company's creative guru, Shigeru Miyamoto, the Mario creator spent much of his talk lecturing game developers about the creative process.

However, amid tales of getting his wife to play Wii Sports and focusing on entertaining not only players but also those around them, there was one nugget of new information.

Miyamoto divulged that he was working on a new Wii Channel for Miis. Whereas the current Mii Channel focuses on the creation of the cartoonish avatars and occasionally swapping them with friends, the new Mii-centered channel will sport a so-called "popularity contest," where users from all over the planet can showcase their Miis across the Internet.

Miyamoto did not mention a name or release date for the new channel.

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Hammerbrodude
Hammerbrodude

Im just happy their actually making a new channel. Everybody votes was kinda... yeah.

ArkansasBoy91
ArkansasBoy91

Doesnt seem very Interesting. Its Just gonna cause a fight of N00b Vs. N00b. Its for Popularity, Which makes it lame altogether.. Miyamoto Thumbs down on this idea, Come with something better than this, Come on dude.

JustQuest
JustQuest

How Cute it looks like avatars from animal crossing Im sure alot of little kids and big kids across the world would definately go for this. :)

Greenlight23
Greenlight23

What do you think...the Miiseum Channel?

stunt_boarder03
stunt_boarder03

I have been waiting for Nintendo to announce a new channel for the Wii, and this one sounds awesome. I still want Nintendo to put out a few other channels, such as a Movie Channel, a Demo channel (if there isn't enough space on the hard drive, maybe you could download the demos and play off of an SD card), and a Wii TV channel where you can watch the newest game trailers.

gamingtrooper44
gamingtrooper44

This is going to be awsome if there is lots of new stuff on like you could be carring objects or like a nekels those thing. The other Mii chanel was just plan boring you just have hair and shirt and pants. We should be able to have a home to live in or SOMETHING instead of just a white big room they walk around in there needs to be some backround mabe even a house to live in. Nintendo really needs to improve on this Mii chanel. I hope the next one will have some of those thing in it so I hope it is GOOD.

PanPizza15
PanPizza15

I just hope you can have a lot of different outfits

finaleve
finaleve

THey need to add more options, seriously. The Mii's are pretty cool for now since they add a lil more depth to the avatars (instead of usernames anyways and some usernames tend to either get stupid or wrong). Either add more options or make Animal Crossing for the Wii, because that ought to make the games a hell of a lot better (hopefully they add more design slots so I can start making awesome designs again). ...or they can make a "Picto" Channel.

billybob7897
billybob7897

I want a channel that broadcast demos to my DS as much as the next wii owner, but i'll admit I like the weird creative channels such as everyone votes and this new one. the fact is: my mom got into the mii and everybody votes channel! my mom's the one who couldn't remember if it was a "gamecube" or "x-cube". I like simple channels that only require a few minutes of your timie. I don't have the time to play games for hours strait! when i do i play my 360. when i only have a few minutes i play a game of wii bowling or play a virtual console game or check on the news or make a new mii. the wii is the perfect console for immersive, quick and easy fun

RiceCake
RiceCake

hey, G_W_X How many people read like the first or second paragraph of that essay and stopped reading? I for sure did. From what I can gather, most teachers would give you a low grade for your work. What your basically saying is, "I know, I know... The PS3 is better and has more cool features and most people will like it more but: YOU HAVE TO THINK!!! Thats bad!" your whole argument is based on the fact that the Wii is worse but easy to use. I'm sorry, but if nintendo marketed that they would lose everything. I dont think thats what they had in mind, but alas, even people who favor nintendo are noticing the lack of features/content.

Megul
Megul

HEY CRUMBLE JUST LIKE MOST FEATURES ON A CONSOLE LIKE MOVIE WATCHING AND MUSIC LISTENING HOME IS OPTIONAL SO CALM DOWN AND SAVE UR ESSAYS FOR SCHOOL YOU CRAZY FAN BOY

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

More features for the Wii first! There aren't enough features for the whole world to look unique. You eventually get "doubles" of Mii's out there

MetroidBounty
MetroidBounty

Death2009 do you really think that Nintendo is copying Microsoft and Sony? I don't think they have a mii channel !

G_W_X
G_W_X

Mii's are awesome. Listen, many folks after seeing Sony's silly HOME thing are starting to say meh about Mii's. I bet many of your were liking Mii's before and now your turncoats JUST because you've seen Sony's HOME. Well I think Nintendo's approach is far better. Why? Any hardcore gamer will be able to understand all that complex STUFF Sony has built in home(eventually). Oh I watched every mintue of it. Thats a task, What a load of bars and menu pop- ups just what I need up the ying yang! Who will be able to use all that and understand it right away...only these folks( previous users of PSone,PS2 controllers.) the hardcore audeince obviously. What a limited range...Sony supporters, who understand Sony's button and menu configurations. Using Sony's memory sticks and Sony's XMB(cross media bar) with trailers of Sony's movies, and sony's partners in the music business providing the music and of course its all to capture every bit of you entertainment dollars for who, Sony. But ANYONE can use the Wii-mote. How? They simply pick it up and figure it out.(great example is Miyamoto's Wife meter(if you watched his speech at GDC) His wife picked up the Wii-mote and downloaded the new Vote channel without any help. Could she have done it that easily or at all using a playstation controller or an Xbox controller or even gamecube controller? Imagine surfing the internet with a gamecube controller? aaah! I am sure most people in this world are familar the the remote control shape someway of the other? Not with a standard controller like Sony's sixaxis. Not with the previous and current comples controllers of that lot. NO. With Wii, I bet anyone absolutely anyone can use it and make a Mii of their own in a zip. And more! Can anyone say the same for what Sony has shown in their "Mii too" Home, 3d realistic characters? And what's with the bobbing of the headsing sixaxis. The Wii cant possibly do that can it?(heh) and more! heh. Using a PSP to enter text vs using a DS to enter text(is an example) via virtual keybaord. Surely you know which is better? Using a sixaxis/dual shock controller(they have gotten rumble back) to do all that complex stuff in Sony's HOME(wether or not you can use a USB keyboard) is still far more complicated. Maybe using a mouse and keybaod on a computer to make a Mii would be easier than using the Wii-mote you say?(like Joystiq' online flash Mii creator thing) But is everyone computer/keybaord savvy? Not necessarily? I mean Nintendo could of easily (and stil lcan)release a usb keyboard/mouse and say hey use this instead of waving your hands in the air. But no that is not the image they want for the Wii. If truly the Wii is for anyone and everyone it has to be a simple and intuative system. ala the Wii-mote.(adn do you really have to wave it in the air) Simple wrist flisk whie sitting and laying back in a chair in your room surely works? The Wii has the Wii-mote that its mainstay of simplicity of interface. And it doesn't alienate anyone by saying oh you need to plug in a keybaord to the usb to make things more like on a PC.(the Wii is a games console primarily not a PC) Not necessary, tthings are nice and simple for everyone as is? The Wii offers simplicity, and its aimed at E for EVERYONE. Can you say the same for Sony's PS3? Maybe its H for harcdore gaming (sony audience only. Only those who understand what this about.(Psone,PS2,PS3) If you dont you have to go learn our systems our buttons our memory sticks our way. Oh thats great, but that is exactly what the Wii is NOT about. As Reggie said Ninendo is the AND company not an OR like maybe Sony is? Hardcore gamer or not hardcore yet..become one then you get it. Nintendo is and hardcore gamers and non gamers and people who dont even consider themselves gamers yet. Simple as that really. So Wii-mote is the way it is. And Miis ithe way it is. And personally think Mii's are cool! Mii's... http://video.wwe.com/wvx.php?wvx=http://wmsvod.wwe.com/talent/entrancevids/carlitoentvid300.wmv&speed=300&title=Carlito+Entrance+Video&dynwvx=&preclip= NOW DATS COOL! :)

bgres077
bgres077

Outstanding, any updates are welcome.

especensor
especensor

the mii's are kinda........ .... well thats it. kinda.... but still, they aren't so bad. i mean, its not as if you have to be part of it. useless features that don't hinder gameplay aren't much of a thing to worry about so if you don't like it, just don't use it. don't be a part of it, nobody will care.

Death2009
Death2009

Pffft. Everytime I turn around Nintendo gets worse and worse. This is the big N trying to ripoff sony and ms and compete with their online. Focus and games N, this won't sell a cure for the common cold.

gmax
gmax

I think they should have more options, but those Miis are already pretty whacked...

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Sooooo basically you're saying we can put Miis through the Wii version of Are You Hot Or Not? Grrrrreat... -=x

sebtko
sebtko

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Chainblast
Chainblast

Nintendo should modify "Animal Crossing" to be Nintendo's answer to Sony's Home...or something like that. That'd be sweet. It would also be nice of they added clothing options to Mii creations, among other things.

pearlpunx85
pearlpunx85

i just hope they add more customization options, not just a stupid "popularity contest" thing. that's dumb.

Sushisogood
Sushisogood

I hate to say it, because I'm such a Nintendo fan and I love my Wii, but they better step up their game because after seeing Sony's "Home", nothing else sounds very impressive. I hope Nintendo comes up with some great new things for the Wii.

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

is this gonna take place of the existing mii channel? it should have been like this to begin with.

theKSMM
theKSMM

The Miis are just screaming (figuratively) for a virtual world in which to play and communicate. I don't know if that will come from Nintendo or from a game which incorporates Miis (like The Sims) but I could see it being very popular on Nintendo's console.

Breakfast_Clubber
Breakfast_Clubber

that's a big step towards a plaza-style animal crossing experience, if you're asking me.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Woah, wait a minute, you mean that we will be able to send out Wiis out across the Internet to people that you don't know? Wow, this is a huge step for Nintendo, unless of course they force it to use System codes in any way, shape or form.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I want more Miis to walk around on my WIi. Maxing out at 100 is lame. I want more!!!

mpoulin
mpoulin

I like the Mii's very much, but I do wish that there was even more options when it comes to choosing different features for your Mii's. What they have is a good start, but I think they should add more over time. While I'm on my soap box, I think the "Everyone Votes" channel is a cool idea, but I wish they would have more than three things to vote on at one time.

DiscoJoy
DiscoJoy

The thing I like about all these new Channels for the Wii is that while they may or may not be that useful in the short term, they open up a whole lot of new abilities in the Wii that will have terrific application later. Looking forward to it...

Mechacow
Mechacow

this will be cool, as long as they don't delete stuff like Miis with herpes (moving the little mole right above the lips, making them big and red, basically making the mii look like a hooker)

interpolred
interpolred

Interesting! Hopefully this will be fun like the Vote Channel!

Rhaxdric
Rhaxdric

Lol, sounds so weak after seeing Home.

hathejoker
hathejoker

I'm looking foward to another channel but, a popularity contest is sounding a wii bit like Junior High. Note: Minus the bullies or nerds with guns.

Bucktooth_tuba
Bucktooth_tuba

I would like more shirts and pants and maybe ears or something

hepcat00
hepcat00

lame. you can already do this on the hotornot.com website. give me more options for making my mii (ie- red hair).

SEr_803
SEr_803

wii need more channels!!!

styphin
styphin

Yes, fine, okay, whatever, but I would like more options on our pallette of Mii custimization. Just tell us that that is in the works as well.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Sounds pretty cool and something new to offer.

LOLhahaDEAD
LOLhahaDEAD

Popularity contest = lame Hopefully they add new accessories and whatnot.

Proman84
Proman84

A Mii Populaorty contest? Sounds pretty lame.