WiiConnect24 (partially found video game demos; 2006-2013)


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WiiConnect24
Logo for the service.
Logo for the service.
Status Partially Found

WiiConnect24 was a service that offered online experiences to users of Nintendo's Wii console, which launched on November 19, 2006 and ended on June 28, 2013. Some of the services offered included the "Everybody Votes Channel," Mii avatar sending functionality, Wii messages between friends, and the Nintendo Channel, a video channel featuring trailers, advertisements, and most importantly, demos for upcoming and released DS games.

However, many of these demos have been lost due to the unique way the DS downloads and stores demos. It deletes them after a set amount of time or when the system is turned off. (the demo is stored in temporary memory) Therefore, some games cannot be completed on both Wii and DS because they require data from demos or other WiiConnect24 services. For example, Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii) no longer has the ability to share Green Credits, which stops you from unlocking all bonuses, and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (DS) requires WiiConnect24 data to complete the Avatar Gallery and 100% complete the game.

Current Fan Efforts

While many demos have still not been recovered, some have been dumped online. The current effort to recover WiiConnect24 services are spearheaded by the project RiiConnect24, which is a way to mod your Wii to receive the Forecast and News channels, along with small DLCs for Animal Crossing: City Folk. As well, there are methods to cheat to receive the 100% completions of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded and Metroid Prime Trilogy, although people who wish to receive them legitimately are out of luck for the moment.

Sources

1. "Update- wiiconnect24 has ended," video by scatlink sean; Published Jul 1, 2014; accessed Dec. 20, 2016

2. "RiiConnect24," website by the RiiConnect24 development team. (https://riiconnect24.net)

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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Oh man, I remember the everybody votes channel. Can't believe I'm getting nostalgia for this...
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Chuunibyou

6 months ago
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I miss that channel.
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Game4brains

7 months ago
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If any games that utilized WiiConnect24 or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ever came out on Virtual Console, would they swap out functionality with those services for functionality with Nintendo Network? If so, that may alleviate the problem of certain in-game features being permanently locked off. At least until someone buys out and shuts down the Nintendo Network servers (which is what happened with WC24 & NWFC), that is.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I doubt it considering that the Wii (and for that matter DS) games rereleased digitally on Wii U don't do that. Granted I don't think Wii games are technically classified as Virtual Console titles as it's not emulated and it saves the same way as disc based Wii titles. So if they release Wii games on the Switch they'd have greater control over the save files since it wouldn't have to account for save files that already exist like the current setup does. Thus games like Metroid Prime Trilogy could have the items gotten from WiiConnect24 available from the start, something comparable was done in the case of Super Mario Advance 4 as it's ROM contains all the e-Reader levels, including Japanese only levels. That said games like Mario Kart Wii wouldn't be able to do that and would need servers to replicate the functionality, and doubt that Nintendo would start a server for WiiConnect24, even for a game as popular as Mario Kart. I'm also not sure if Nintendo would do it even if Wii games got released on the Switch as they haven't had a good track recorded with this type of stuff. N64 games didn't have rumble on Wii (but they did add it to the Wii U versions), DS games don't have Wi-fi, and even though SMA4 has all the e-Reader levels it still doesn't have any way to use the item or demo cards (not that anyone cares about those, myself included). Basically from what I know of the VC library SMA4 is the only example of Nintendo going out of its way too modify a game for its VC release (but if there's any examples I'm not think of feel free to yell at me about it). I think the only way that they'd even consider adding in the functionality again is if they'd do full remasters or HD remakes of games that used WiiConnect24. Even then some games like Mario Kart Wii more than likely will never get a remake, and games like Metroid Prime Trilogy that might be remade at some point would just add some way to unlock the content another way, or just be gotten rid of all together.

TL;DR: They could but Nintendo would never start servers for it, some games could have the content unlocked from the start, but I think that's unlikely for them to do for a port. Or a remake of a game could have a service similar to WiiConnect24 or another way to unlock the content, but a number of games are never getting remade.
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Mixalxd

7 months ago
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Hi, OP here. They put Metroid Prime Trilogy on the virtual console but no wiiconnect24 services are available.
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PirateBear

5 months ago
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Re AnonUser2:

VC games are often edited a little, but generally not to restore features. A lot of games have flashing colors reduce and they changed Jynx's coloring to the modern standard in Pokemon Yellow. The only other time I remember them trying to restore features is that you could export and send photos from Pokemon Snap through WiiConnect24 similar to the Blockbuster kiosks, but it was cut in the Wii U version since you can just take screenshots and share them on MiiVerse and social media.
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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I remember playing these demos. The one I played most was the the Ace Attorney: Investigations. Good times.
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Catlinconroy

7 months ago
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Oh God this is giving so many memories of playing these demos when I was 6-7 years old. GOD the nostalgia :(
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Anonymous user #4

6 months ago
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I remember playing the demos for Sonic Colours DS and a weird ass DBZ DS game where in order to Kamehameha, you had to use the stylus to connect all the syllables of "Ka-me-ha-me-ha"
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ApolloJustice

6 months ago
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I remember voting on so many things on everybody votes
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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I remember those demos! the everybody votes one was so fun
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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I remember playing the demos of Kirby Mass Attack and Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs, but I can't remember any of the others.
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Anonymous user #7

5 months ago
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I remember playing a demo of a REALLY Chinese themed game with some dog and paintbrush.
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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Okamiden
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Anonymous user #8

3 months ago
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Oh my god I remember using this a lot and getting demos for Kirby Mass Attack and I think Sonic Colors
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Anonymous user #9

3 months ago
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Oh man, I still have footage of the Check Mii Out channel from 2009/2010, but it's recorded with a video camera. I might upload it when I get the chance.
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PKDeluxe

2 months ago
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Man, I remember playing the crap out of those old DS demos, mostly Sonic Colors, Kirby Mass Attack, and Rhythm Heaven. And the Everybody Votes channel just gives me some great nostalgic vibes.
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Bradyargo

2 months ago
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Half the miis on my 3ds were transferred from the Check Mii Out Channel, and I have them all in Tomodachi Life right now! Great times.
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