|Launch date||November 2006|
|Animal Crossing games||Animal Crossing: City Folk|
WiiConnect24 was a Wii-only feature that allows the Wii console to be connected to the internet (and Nintendo) at all times, even in stand-by mode. It is what allows Distributed Items in Animal Crossing: City Folk to be downloaded and given to the player in-game, by Pete, Wendell, or other Special Visitors. With the shutdown of Nintendo Wi-Fi, WiiConnect24 is no longer accessible to players.
WiiConnect24 needed activating on both the Nintendo Console and the Animal Crossing: City Folk game. This would've done by the following method.
- Firstly, the player must choose Wii Options which is located at the bottom-left of the Wii Menu screen.
- Once in the Wii Options menu, they should go to Wii Settings. Once in the Wii Settings menu, they should go to page two which has WiiConnect24 at the bottom.
- They may be asked to enter a 4-digit password, which either they know, or the Wii owner knows.
- Once the password is entered, and the menu accessed, the player should go to WiiConnect24 and select On.
- The player is now connected to the internet, and will receive messages from Nintendo on the Message Board. However, letters containing DLC will not be received in the City Folk game yet.
- Once the player has loaded the game, they must go to the phone in the attic of their house and pick it up. Rover will start talking.
- The player must then select WiiConnect24. Rover will then discuss settings. If the service is not already on, Turn it on should be selected. If it is, then the player should select Keep them on!. Nintendo can now send the player Distributed Items.
Nintendo announced the termination of the WiiConnect24 service on June 28, 2013 globally. That would mean that these and other features in Animal Crossing: City Folk would no longer function. Players would have still been able to connect to Nintendo WFC to visit towns of other players untill May 20, 2014. After May 20th, the player will not be able to send letters to their friend while in a different town.