February 14, 2007 - As one of the primary features of the Wii console, the channel system continues to grow even in the opening months of the system's lifespan. We were treated originally to the Mii, Photo, and Shop channels, and have since gained another four to go with the original trilogy of non-game Wii functions with the addition of the Forecast Channel, News Channel, Internet Channel, and an odd - but somewhat addictive - Everybody Votes Channel. It may not have the informative charm of the news and forecast sections, but Everybody Votes is still an interesting addition to the Wii console, and is again a free update direct from Nintendo.
If you're one of the more elite Wii users out there (meaning that you scour web forums, have compatible Wi-Fi already set up, and can actually find a damn system on store shelves) you've most-likely seen the Everybody Votes Channel already, but for those of you that aren't on the cutting edge of Wii utilities we'll quickly fill you in. Everybody Votes is essentially a community activity channel, stemming from - obviously - a voting ballot. Users can log in with their Mii's (up to six registered voters per system), vote for any of the national or global voting topics, and track feedback once polls are finished. All in all the experience is simple but somewhat entertaining, though there are a few oddities within the utility.
Keeping with the theme of "simplicity" on Wii, Nintendo's latest channel is easy to get into, and is a breeze to utilize.
After a quick system update, users can cruise over to the Wii Shop Channel and download the Everybody Votes Channel for the grand total of zero Wii points. After about a 25 second download, the program will show up on the main Wii interface per usual.
The Wii will prompt you to fill out some basic info on your region (for stat-tracking purposes), and then ask you to select a Mii for voting. We've picked our good friend Analizer for our demonstration.
Once all the setup is finalized, you'll be taken to a main menu that features a list of available topics. In addition to clicking into them, you can also select region-based polls, or check results on each of the completed polls.
When you find a topic you like, simply click in and you'll be taken to a main screen with the question and two available answers. If any other members of your Wii console have voted, you'll see them standing on their respective choice. Simply grab your Mii with the A/B pinch action, and plop them down.
Too add a bit of depth to the experience, users can decide not only which choice they want to make, but also take a guess on which selection will win out overall.