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Wii News Channel Coming on Saturday

Nintendo will launch the Wii News Channel on Saturday, partnering with the Associated Press to provide content. The two year contract with the AP means that news and photos will be made free to Wii system owners if they have a broadband connection to the Internet. The AP will supply news for the Wii in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, and Swiss-German.

Perrin Kaplan, vice president for marketing at Nintendo’s U.S. headquarters in Redmond, Washington said that users will navigate with the Wiimote using an interactive map. The Wii Forecast Channel uses a similar map to display temperatures and conditions throughout the world. “The beauty of it is it zooms in and out of areas of the world,” she said. “So if you really want to focus on regional news or national news versus international, you just blow up the map of the U.S.”

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