Since when is the gaming industry early? The Wii News Channel was suposed to make its debut this Saturday. How do I know this? I read it in the News Channel on my Wii. No time traveling needed.
Oh and since you want my opinion, the News Channel is wonderful. The 3-D globe thing is pretty neat if you want to zoom into a region. There are a lot of articles to read, and some have images, which can be zoomed to full screen.
The text zoom feature is a cool effect. When you zoom in/out, the words to the article move into place on the line above or below. Nice eye candy for something as boring as news.
I see myself checking the News Channel a lot.