Nintendo relesed some marketing materials about their new console's "dashboard" - Wii Channels. This could be base for speculative discussion for comparition XBMC and Wii channels, as dashboards, interfaces, media and games centers. I hope that this discusion can inspire some XBMC programmers and skins developers to improve existing or develop new skins.
Starting Screen vs Home screen.
Starting Screen on Wii is grid 3*4 icons with status bar on bottom. According to Wii Webpage
icon order can be changed and new channels could be added. Probably more comfortable than PMII home screen or MC360 blades.
Nothing intresting was disclosed about this Channel.
This is unique feature of Wii. There is nothing to compare in xbmc, nothing to miss either.
Forecast Channel vs. Weather
Forecast channel features very impresive Earth model for displaying weather, but 3 cities from XBMC is just enought for me.
Photo Channel vs My Pictures
There are only two feartures of Photo Channel not in XBMC: photo editing and sending photos to other consoles, and "to communicate with family members".
News Channel vs Rss Feeds
Wii has news reeder with 3 zoom levels. Xbmc has only scrolling rss headlines, and no good news/rss reader integrated in any popular skin.
Wii has Opera! No comparable equivalent on xbmc. Yes, Linksboks is hardly comparable. There is no chances for compiling any closed source browser (Opera and IE) on xbox. Any chances for open source?
Nothing intresting was disclosed about this Channel, besides partial list of games. Emualtor shortcuts in xbmc are functional and not very comfortable, but Emulauncher script looks very promising.
Wii Shop Channel
Nothing intresting was disclosed about this Channel, besides pricing model for Virtual Console. Various scripts for dowloading contents for XBMC are done or in development.
PS. I DO NOT want to start any flame wars. This is NOT Xbox vs Wii, Nintendo vs Microsoft vs Xbox homebrew developers! I don't even mention the four-letter "S"-word.