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Title Screen

Photo Channel

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Released internationally: December 10, 2007 (v1.1)
Released in JP: December 2, 2006
Released in US: November 19, 2006
Released in EU: December 8, 2006
Released in AU: December 7, 2006


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


This Wii channel allows you to view photos, doodle on them, etc. and also let you make a slideshow of them with your own MP3 file. It can also access images posted on the Wii Message Board (such as saved edited photos, screenshots taken from compatible games, and received Wii Mail attachments).

The Photo Channel has been succeeded by Nintendo DSi Camera.

Revisional Differences

Version 1.1, released December 10, 2007, added and changed several features:

  • You can now set a favorite photo to be used on the Photo Channel's Wii Menu icon.
  • MP3 playback has been replaced with AAC/M4A playback.
  • You can now play songs in a random order.
  • The version number was added to the top-left corner of the channel's banner.

Technical Details

The Photo Channel 1.0 has titleID 00010002-HAAA. The Photo Channel 1.1 is not technically an update (a title with the same titleID and a higher version number, that would overwrite the older one) but rather a completely separate app, 00010002-HAYA, with the Wii Menu having special handling for deciding which one to display (while considering the contents of a third title, 00010002-HAZA, which only contains savedata).

On consoles that left the factory with the Photo Channel 1.0, HAZA will not be present and HAYA will not be installed by a system update (rather being a [former] free optional download from the Wii Shop, removable and reinstallable at will).

Hmmm...
To do:
from memory - unverified

On consoles that launched with Photo Channel 1.1, all three titles will be installed(?) and the user of a non-Japanese unmodified console will be unable to use Photo Channel 1.0.

Unused Text

Print Service
Before you can order photo products, the Photo
Channel must close, and another channel will start.
Before you can order photo products, the Photo
Channel must close, and another channel will start.

You will lose any changes made to your photos
unless you post them to your Wii Message Board.

The Photo Channel has a feature to import a picture from the Photo Channel to the Digicam Print Channel. Nintendo had plans to make the Digicam Print Channel be released overseas (however it never happened), so there is some localized text for this.

Even though this never happened, you can still see the option to send this to the Digicam Print Channel if you installed the Japanese WAD on a modded Wii, and also have an SD Card inserted with any displayable photos, since the Digicam Print Channel only uses photos from the SD Card, not the Wii Message Board.

Unused Sounds

There's some leftover sounds from Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! in the .brsar archive.

Present in SE_KIMAGURE_HINT.

Present in SE_KIMAGURE_SEIKAI. (Seikai means Correct Answer).

Present in SE_KIMAGURE_MACHIGAI. (Machigai means Mistake).

Development-Related Text

The CVS folder, present in the root of the 00000009.app archive (00000014.app in v1.1), contains several files (most without file extensions) holding leftover text from the development process:

v1.0
/TPLPhoto.tpl.LZ/1.16/Thu Sep 28 05:49:31 2006/-kb/Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2
/layout.arc.LZ/1.57/Sat Nov 04 10:16:24 2006/-kb/Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2
/nw4r_defcursor_all01.breff.LZ/1.1/Fri Aug 18 02:49:33 2006/-kb/Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2
/nw4r_defcursor_all01.breft.LZ/1.1/Fri Aug 18 02:49:33 2006/-kb/Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2
/rev_photo.brsar/1.21/Fri Sep 22 04:16:08 2006/-kb/Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2
D/homebutton////
v1.1
/TPLPhoto.tpl.LZ/1.19/Tue Apr 08 11:52:50 2008/-kb/
/home_nosave.csv.LZ/1.2/Wed Apr 09 06:45:25 2008/-kb/
/layout.arc.LZ/1.73/Thu Feb 12 01:35:46 2009/-kb/
/rev_photo.brsar/1.22/Fri Apr 11 05:53:21 2008/-kb/
D

Entries.Log (v1.1 only):

A D/homebutton////

Repository (both versions):

photo/DVD/content2

Root (both versions):

:pserver:itoyu@tosa:/usr/local/cvsrepo/revapps

Tag (v1.0 only):

Tbranch_SYSTEM_MENU_2