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The Wii is Nintendo's second disc-based home console, and the first to have fairly in-depth online capabilities, plus a sophisticated updatable operating system. The Wii shares much of its base hardware with the GameCube, and thus most models are backward-compatible with GameCube discs and memory cards.
The console allegedly had some early plans for the Virtual Console. Maybe there's more hidden things in the Virtual Console files?
Disc Channel Banner Files
There also exists a reflection of the DVD Disc in the diskBann.ash file, this should also be uploaded. Also get an image of the DVD Disc showing on the Disc Channel if possible. The brlyt layout can be viewed with WiiLayoutEditor.
The system menu contains a "DVD" banner for the Disc Channel, which would presumably be displayed when a DVD was inserted. This, along with spotted functions in the code (specifically syscalls 50 and 51, which control DVD video-related functions), suggests Nintendo planned to include DVD playback for the Wii.
The Wii's hardware is capable of DVD playback, but it was scrapped likely because they had to pay a small fee with every console shipped for licensing issues (a similar situation occurred with the original Xbox, which required an add-on for DVD Video playback due to Microsoft accidentally omitting the DVD logo on its console).
The ability to play DVDs on the Wii can be "unlocked" through Wii homebrew software, but this does not work on some newer Wii consoles due to the drive chip being changed.
In diskBann.ash, the brlyt files show that the DVD Disc is actually still in the Disc Channel's banner, but invisible and also to the left of the Wii Disc but is slightly off-screen. The same is also true for the reflection image of the DVD Disc, and a Shade for the DVD also exists, but is incorrectly named "DVDSahde" and is still invisible.
It is possible to get this image to show up, but you will need to edit the .brylt file manually since Wii Layout Editor cannot save .brylt edits correctly.
See if the DVD, reflection and Shade icons still exist in System Menus which removed the GC Disk, such as Wii Menu 3.5, (Korean Wiis had this System Menu at launch in South Korea) Wii U's Wii Mode's System Menu, and the Wii Mini's System Menu.)
If all images are set to Visible, the DVD icon and reflection will appear in the Disc Channel in the positions mentioned earlier, but the DVD icon only performs the default animation for when no disc is inserted and doesn't seem to have any other animation assigned to it, as the DVD and reflection icons do not spin when a disc is being read, and do not stop and fade out when a disc can't be read. Interestingly, the reflection image for the DVD icon doesn't perform the default animation.
Wii Menu 1.0 has some unused text, shown below.
This would probably be shown if you were going to watch a DVD on your Wii (before the idea was scrapped).
Reading the disc...
The Disc Channel does not display this text when reading a disc, although it may be a leftover from the Nintendo GameCube. In later versions of the Wii Menu, the locations of these strings still exist but are blank.
Channel Time Remaining:
Less than a minute
These strings would have been used if a Channel has a time limit, and would display on the Channel's banner, but is unused since it never got implemented.
The period of use for this Channel has ended.
Even if the time limit option was implemented, the system uses the limitOver.ash file and doesn't use the text string. These strings link in with the unused time limit option for Wii Channels.
This Channel cannot be launched on this Wii console.
The Wii doesn't display this text and simply uses the "This Channel can't be used." string.
Please connect a Nunchuk to the Wii Remote.
The Wii Menu does not require the Nunchuk to be connected in order to use the Wii Menu.
Please connect a Classic Controller to the Wii Remote.
While the Classic Controller isn't required to be connected in order to use the Wii Menu, it can stil be used as an optional means as a way of using the Wii Menu. It is possible that originally games could have a flag read by the Wii Menu to determine their controller requirements, however this was never implemented.
What's a Wii Number? What's a nickname? What's an e-mail address?
These strings aren't used and probably because people actually do know what a Wii Number, a nickname, and an e-mail address is.
GB MB KB
The Wii does not use byte sizes to determine space on the System Memory or the SD Card, and instead refers to 'Blocks'.
The Memory Card inserted in slot A cannot be used with this menu.
The Memory Card inserted in slot B cannot be used with this menu.
Memory Cards can be used with every System Menu apart from the Menus which come with the Wii U, Korean Wiis, and Wii Minis. The Nintendo GameCube Data Management Menu is removed on these Menus, making these strings go unused.
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This was never used, even in Wii Menu 1.0, but the text seems to suggest that the Wii may not have launched with the Address Book or WiiConnect24 until Wii Menu 2.0. Interestingly, this string still exists in Wii Menu 4.3.
Dear Tommy, I have gone out to buy groceries. Your ice cream is in the fridge. Mom
This letter is from Grandma. This is my neighbor's cat. Isn't it cute? Love, Grandma
Grandma See you at Christmas!
These are some of the messages that were used to demonstrate the uses of the Wii Message Board.
These contacts were used to demonstrate the uses of the Wii Address Book.
Animal Crossing -Notice- The Flea Market is open for business tomorrow! Visit other folks' houses and pick up gently used items for dirt cheap!
It seems that Animal Crossing: City Folk would have sent messages regarding events happening in the game to your Wii Message Board. However, it uses an in-game Bulletin Board instead for whatever reason.
Remote Control Functionality
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Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: See if it's possible to get the HOME Menu to display on TV no Tomo Channel G Guide for Wii in case these images display on the HOME Menu. Also check the brlyt files, we might find where these images were supposed to be used, where they are located and if they're visible or not.
Within exBtn.ash are multiple files indicating that, at some point, the Wii Remote had functionality to act as a TV Remote, this may have also been from when DVD functionality was planned but was scrapped.
This feature would later be implemented in Japanese-only TV no Tomo Channel G Guide for Wii, and later on the Wii U's GamePad.
In Wii Menu 1.0-3.0, you can find a file called tvrc_DB.arc which has .bin files which probably were used to control the TV. TV no Tomo Channel G Guide for Wii also has this file.
rimocon_sousa.tpl shows the controls of said functionality.
rimocon_btn.tpl shows a sphere-like picture.
rimocon_btn_min.tpl shows a "TV" button.
In board.ash, there is an image called Nigaoe.tpl ("nigaoe" translates to "portrait") that contains a small picture of Mario. This icon was also used in early screenshots and video of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Wii Menu 1.0 has a file called tanuki.arc, which inside it has a picture called okane.tpl ("okane" translates to "money") which has a picture of Tom Nook from Animal Crossing.
myLetterS.tpl contains an unused picture of a memo for the Wii Message Board, while myLetterS_a.tpl contains the final picture of a memo.
myLetterS_Game_a.tpl contains an unused Animal Crossing graphic used for memos regarding the game which was apparently shown at E3 2006.
In letter.ash there are 2 Mii icon pictures: myNigaoePos.tpl, an early Mii icon used to select Miis on the Wii Message Board, and th_mii_icon_a.tpl, the final Mii icon with the same use above.
In Wii Menu v1.0, matDbg24.brf seems to contain an unused font.
Some DOLs in the Wii code have an early version of the standard error message. The "Startup Disc" placeholder System Menu has an even earlier message that mentions the Revolution.
|Very Early||Early||Final Version 1||Final Version 2|
|An error has occurred.
Turn the power off and refer to the Nintendo Revolution Instruction Booklet for further instructions.
|An error has occurred.
Turn the power off and refer to the Instruction Booklet for further instructions.
|An error has occurred.
Press the Eject Button, remove the Game Disc, and turn the power off. Please read the Wii Operations Manual for more information.
|An error has occurred. Press
the Eject Button and remove the disc, then turn the Wii console off and refer to the Wii Operations Manual for help troubleshooting.
Update this section if a Startup Disc rip ever surfaces. A NAND dump (mirror) of one of these early consoles exists and contains a few more things not yet documented here.
|Wrong Disc||Insert Startup Disc||Checking Disc||Error|
The first roughly 300,000 Wii units to be manufactured included an incomplete System Menu. Rather than re-flash all of these units before shipping, Nintendo included a "startup disc" that was required to be inserted to update the system's firmware on first-run. Most of these units were shipped to retailers for use in demo kiosks. These units would display the above screen instructing the user to insert the Startup Disc.
Early Wii retail boxes included a reference to the "Startup Disc" in the package contents, however, only a few actually incomplete units shipped to end consumers. Nintendo asked that users affected ship their units back to Nintendo for replacement.
The Startup Disc System Menu also checks if a Title ID of a Wii Disc is "RAAE" and if it is any other Title ID, then the disc is rejected. In any other version of the System Menu, if a Disc ID has "RAAE" then the disc is rejected.
A error sound only present in the Startup Disc System Menu exists and does play, but is not in any other System Menu. It is located at WSD/ERR/ with the filename "MSG".
Time Limits and Usage Periods for Channels
|License Expired||Period of Use Ended||Channel Time Remaining|
This can be reactivated by modifying a game, see JMC47's article on Leoetlino's discovery.
In limitover.ash, there are some unused graphics indicating that you can't use a Channel after a certain period of time. This was most likely intended for demos. Each title for the Wii has an option for a time limit, but Nintendo never used this on the Wii. Despite this, this was still left in the Home Menu data from before the idea was scrapped. This feature would later find its way to both the 3DS and Wii U, which do have demos with a maximum play limit, but not the Switch.
Wii Factory Tools
Add more pictures of the different screens. And also see if this can be dumped.
When Wii's had their NANDs programmed in the factory, Nintendo would have used discs and tools to install boot2, and important system menu files. However, one of these tools was discovered by fluffy. These tools would be imported onto the NAND, and would then be deleted after they were no longer needed. However, one of these Wiis still had a factory tool on the NAND. The disc itself is known as "0002". What is known about it is that it can import files from an SD Card and then write it to the NAND.
Find any more differences between the 3 versions.
|System Menu 2.0||System Menu 3.0||System Menu 4.0|
The following are differences between the 3 versions.
- System Menu 2.0 doesn't feature the clock which was added in 3.0 and onward.
- The Disc Channel icon in 2.0 has the Wii logo appear every few seconds, and in 3.0 it was changed to have the Disc spin, and the Wii logo doesn't appear.
- The Wii Menu text still appears in 3.0 and onward but is then faded out to show the clock. The spot where the text appears was made taller for the clock feature.
- System Menu 4.0 has the option to access the SD card from the main menu.
The warning symbol was yellow in Europe and white in US. The URL to Nintendo's health and safety webpage was blue in Europe and white in US.
See if this applies to the European version as well.
In the home menus of each officially released game, the text showing each player and their number differs.
|P1, P2, P3 and P4||1P, 2P, 3P and 4P|