MTV Multiplayer writes: "Long promised and finally delivered, the Nintendo Channel was made available for North American Wii owners some time after I went to bed last night.
I downloaded it this morning and tried it out.
As expected, the channel features promotional videos and a deep index of Wii and DS games to better inform purchasing decisions. It can also zap demos of DS games to my handheld.
But it can do other stuff I did not expect, and it shows that Nintendo may be craftier about online networking than many people gave them credit for:
The channel lets you buy games and anger GameStop at the same time: You'd think some other company than Nintendo would be the first to let consumers buy a new disc-based game via their console without taking their hands off a controller. Nope. It's Nintendo."