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  Wii Avatars Break Free [Updated]  
Posted 2006-12-14 by Tony Walsh
"Mii" avatars for the Wii console have been given a license to travel, thanks to a "How To" article published by LiquidIce's Nintendo Wii Hacks. Using the built-in Bluetooth capabilities of the Wiimote control device, a Bluetooth-capable PC, and a program called MiiTransfer, Mii avatar data can be scraped from the Wiimote to the PC, then shared through web sites such as the Mii Transfer Station (see the article for details).

Suddenly [update: actually, not so suddenly at all], Mii avatars become sociable creatures you can not only share with your friends over the internet, but potentially generate with web-based software. It's only a matter of time before the data structure of a Mii is reverse-engineered, allowing PC- or web-based software programs to output Mii code. I envision Mii avatars crafted by talented avatar-makers and put up for sale. Will Nintendo try to stop such efforts? I don't see how it would be in their interest to do so.

[Commentator Dezro pointed out that Mii-sharing is built into the Wii through the "Mii Parade." I had incorrectly thought that it wasn't possible to share Mii avatars based on some blog posts I'd read recently. I've got a Wii on order, so hopefully it will turn up this weekend and I can try this out myself!]
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Comment posted by Dezro
December 14, 2006 @ 7:15 pm
Suddenly? Not built into the Wii? If two people trade Wii Numbers, not only will they be able to send Miis directly to the other's console, but Miis set to 'mingle' will automatically transfer themselves over to a friendly Wii's Mii Parade. And once in that Mii Parade, they'll transfer to other Wiis that the Mii's creator might not know.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 14, 2006 @ 11:24 pm
Dezro, thanks for the tip! I am still waiting for my Wii to come in, and had the misconception that Mii avatars weren't transferrable.
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