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Wii Tricks and Secrets

Photo Channel: 192 Piece Picture Puzzle

by Steven Rodriguez - December 14, 2006, 6:20 pm EST

There are secrets hidden within the Wii. Do you know about them? We do!

The Wii Photo Channel is fairly useless. You can do all sorts of goofy stuff with pictures on an SD card, but you can't save any changes you make to them unless you post them to the Wii Message Board and send them to yourself in an email message. The ability to create slide shows set to an MP3 file is okay, but what fun is that?

You'll first need to tackle a six-piece puzzle The maximum piece limit appears to be 48...

One way to kill time in the Photo Channel is to break a photo into pieces and then try to put the picture back together. To reach the Photo Channel's puzzle mode, you first need to select the "Fun!" option when viewing a photo, then select Puzzle from the list of options. If you haven't done a puzzle with the selected photo, you'll first need to do an easy six-piece test to unlock the ability to select how many puzzle pieces you want to break the picture into.

Depending on the picture you use and the number of pieces you choose to jumble it up with, it can be a genuine challenge to get the picture straight. The puzzle difficulty selection screen will show that you can only do a 48-piece puzzle at most, but there's a secret to up the difficulty to an insane level. If you hold down the 1 Button, the 48 box will change to 192. If you select it while still holding the button down, your photo will turn into a mosaic of epic proportions.

...until you hold down the 1 Button Have fun putting that back together again

Photo puzzle mode doesn't work like a traditional slide puzzle, as you can drag any piece to any location you want. The two chips will swap places with each other. Even with this change, fixing a puzzle with that many tiny pieces is borderline ridiculous. If you don't feel like acting like the All the King's Horses and All the King's Men, you might want to stick to putting back together something that is less scrambled. Still, the option is there if you're hardcore enough.

Oh, there's another secret hidden within the Wii Photo Channel menus. We're not going to tell you what it is, but a certain kitty-cat will spill the beans if you're fast enough to squeeze them out of him...

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