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Mario Kart Channel

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Title Screen

Mario Kart Channel

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Released in JP: April 10, 2008
Released in US: April 27, 2008
Released in EU: April 11, 2008
Released in AU: April 24, 2008
Released in KR: April 30, 2009


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.


If you were too lazy to put the Mario Kart Wii disc in your Wii to check ghosts, tournaments, etc. you could use the Mario Kart Channel.

Development-Related Text

rel/buildNR.dat (in 00000008.app) contains the build date of StaticR.rel:

NA EU JP KR
3/13 17:19:21
3/13 17:18:27
3/13 18:54:58
7/11 16:10:03

rel/revDNR.dat (in 00000008.app), meanwhile, contains the revision number:

NA/EU/JP KR
25381+
25877+

00000000.app (opening.bnr) includes the filename and build date of the channel itself, as well as what seems to be the builder information:

NA EU JP KR
RevoKartNR.0803131851
@KARTBUILD-WIN
RevoKartNR.0803131848
@WIIKARTLO-WIN
RevoKartNR.0803131859
@WIIKARTCHK-WIN
RevoKartNR.0807171818
@WIIKARTCHK-WIN

SVN Leftovers

On the third partition of a Mario Kart Wii disc, there is a WAD of the Mario Kart Channel with an installer program.

On the Korean version, the .svn folders of the /installer/, /installer/CHN and /installer/KOR directories were left intact with its full contents. With this, a whole load of information can be retrieved.

All of these are for the WiiBitmapFonts.arc file (which is an archive font files used in the screen where the channel is installed) and its respective folders. Since the version control expects you to be connected to a Nintendo internal server, you cannot access the revision history of the repository.

The entries file in /installer/.svn is shown below:

8

dir
25892
http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer
http://metis/svnprojects/revokart



2008-06-19T02:43:23.185561Z
25769
shiraiwa_yusuke


svn:special svn:externals svn:needs-lock











7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
�
WiiBitmapFonts.arc
file




2007-12-21T04:04:34.346411Z
865782cd7da42261d0a2bfa75925e651
2007-10-29T09:05:16.133340Z
11283
shiraiwa_yusuke
has-props
�
CHN
dir
�
KOR
dir
�

We can get a glimpse of the properties of these files/directories by running a Subversion command such as svn info -R --include-externals in the /install directory.
NOTE: Since these files are in an older version of the format (format 8), the command svn upgrade has to be executed before the one above if using newer versions of Subversion.

/installer

Path: .
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: directory
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 25769
Last Changed Date: 2008-06-19 03:43:23 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)

/installer/WiiBitmapFonts.arc

Path: WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Name: WiiBitmapFonts.arc
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: file
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 11283
Last Changed Date: 2007-10-29 09:05:16 +0000 (Mon, 29 Oct 2007)
Text Last Updated: 2007-12-21 04:04:34 +0000 (Fri, 21 Dec 2007)
Checksum: 4fad97fd4a288c47e0587f3bbd292379f8709eb9

/installer/CHN

Path: CHN
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/CHN
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/CHN
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: directory
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 25769
Last Changed Date: 2008-06-19 03:43:23 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)

/installer/CHN/WiiBitmapFonts.arc

Path: CHN/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Name: WiiBitmapFonts.arc
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/CHN/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/CHN/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: file
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 25769
Last Changed Date: 2008-06-19 03:43:23 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)
Text Last Updated: 2008-06-19 03:46:40 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)
Checksum: 2e75fb56bcc508fef83687693e4dcc1f182a0908

/installer/KOR

Path: KOR
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/KOR
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/KOR
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: directory
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 25769
Last Changed Date: 2008-06-19 03:43:23 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)

/installer/KOR/WiiBitmapFonts.arc

Path: KOR/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Name: WiiBitmapFonts.arc
URL: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/KOR/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Relative URL: ^/branches/ChinaKorea/RevoKart/lib/RVL_SDK/dvddata/installer/KOR/WiiBitmapFonts.arc
Repository Root: http://metis/svnprojects/revokart
Repository UUID: 7fdc3869-ac1f-0410-91b3-fa73b20fd412
Revision: 25892
Node Kind: file
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: shiraiwa_yusuke
Last Changed Rev: 25769
Last Changed Date: 2008-06-19 03:43:23 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)
Text Last Updated: 2008-06-19 03:46:41 +0100 (Thu, 19 Jun 2008)
Checksum: 01488ecc904200005d01352fa279b2f79e7c45c8

Notably, the name of the branch, ChinaKorea, implies that both the Korean and the (unreleased) Chinese versions were being developed under the same branch, which explains why there are Chinese leftovers in the Korean version.

All of these files and directories were last changed by Shiraiwa Yusuke, a programmer credited for Mario Kart Wii. The revision number for most of these leftovers are 25769, and their last commit was on June 19, 2008 at 2:43:23 UTC.

The only exception to this is the /installer directory, whose revision number is 11283, with its last commit dating 2007-10-29 09:05:16 UTC.

The repository URLs point to internal Nintendo servers, and as a result, they cannot be accessed by someone outside of the company.

In each .svn folder, there is a subdirectory named text_base, which is meant to hold copies of the file for each version of it. In this case, only one file can be found under this directory (named WiiBitmapFonts.arc.svn-base), which is byte-to-byte identical to the final version.

Oddities

The Wii Menu still calls this channel "Mario Kart Wii" when highlighted, possibly due to it using the same code and data as the base game.