The Nintendo Wii is more than a gaming rig. It’s by far the most versatile console to date, allowing you to not only download channels and surf the Internet, but also transfer data to and from your Nintendo Wii. By far, it is the Wiimote that boasts the most amount of seemingly complex technology crammed into one remote control. Not only does it work as a Bluetooth device, but also serves the function of an accelerometer and an optical sensor to determine where the Wiimote is pointing.
The Wiimote is also, to some extent, a flash drive allowing you to transfer information to and from your computer:
The Wii Remote contains a 16 KiB EEPROM chip from which a section of 6 kilobytes can be freely read and written by the host. Part of this memory is available to store up to 10 Mii avatars, which can be transported for use with another Wii console. At least 4000 bytes are available and unused before the Mii data. Pokémon Battle Revolution also utilizes this memory. This function may also be included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, allowing the user to save profile data to the Wii Remote. [Wikipedia]
It is with this particular feature that I’ve been transferring, editing and creating Mii Avatars between my meager amount of Mii friends online. Here are some that I’ve made so far (topped off by … “me” above in my signature pink shirt), decided purely upon how easy I remember their faces:
The first two are Rico from Fool45 and Lia from The Gadgenista. Rico bears his signature pondering look as he enjoys his “questions, please” persona and as for Lia, well I recently found out she wears glasses.
How to create, edit and transfer Mii Avatars
This is done by transferring Mii’s from the Mii Plaza to your Wiimote via Bluetooth and then downloading a desktop conduit called Mii Transfer, which currently works with OS X. Afterwards, you will need an application called Mii Editor which works online or by download (you need to install Adobe AIR first for it to work offline).
Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.