A few key tidbits:
At present, we plan to make the Channel compatible with the MotionJPEG format. The other feature I planned to include from the start was a pixellating function for video clips. I was responsible for artistic effects on Mario Artist: Talent Studio for the Nintendo 64DD. I remembered the pixelating effect (similar to the effect used on TV to hide people's identities) we used on that, and were able to implement it into the Photo Channel quickly. I find that people respond well when I show it to them.
Another thing which people have really enjoyed is the Slide show function. This allows you to play music as the console automatically displays your pictures in turn. If you put MP3 files in your SD Card, you can have your favourite songs as background music to your Slide show.
I wanted to do something that TV can't do. So, I tried displaying the entire planet on-screen, thereby allowing the user to see the weather all around the world by spinning it with the Wii Remote.
It's wonderful to see all those weather icons spreading out across the world when you zoom out. You know at a glance what the weather's doing anywhere. You can see, for example, whether it's particularly hot in a certain part of the world.
Kawamoto: Well, there was the smooth enlarging and reduction of text size, and the pointing out of places that appear in the news.
Iwata: Using that globe again! (laughs)
Kawamoto: Yes, it's quite good fun really. That aside, we plan for this news and weather data to be updated regularly.
Iwata: This was also cause for discussion. Some people felt that it would be sufficient for the user to go to the relevant page after turning on the power, but I really felt that it was important for the news to be displayed as soon as Wii is started up. A few seconds can make a big difference when you want to know something right away.
Pretty cool stuff.