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The Nintendo Wii (「ウィー」?; ) is Nintendo's 5th major gaming console, intended to compete with the Microsoft's Xbox360 and Sony's PlayStation3. It succeeded the Nintendo Gamecube and is compatible with any Gamecube game, as all Wiis sport 4 Gamecube controller slots with 2 memory card slots at the top of the console. All consoles come with the game Wii Sports, which was something unique to a console release. Its American release date was November 19th at MSRP of $249.99, and December 7th in Australia with a MSRP of $399.99.

On April 27, 2006, the Revolution code name was dropped by Nintendo for the system's true name, Wii. A lot of controversy arose on the Internet due to what many regarded to be a ridiculous name. 

System specs

  • Processor: IBM designed PowerPC CPU, codenamed Broadway.
  • Graphics: ATI designed GPU, codenamed Hollywood.
  • Drive: Slot-loading drive uses a 12cm proprietary format, which is rumored to hold the same data as a dual-layered DVD. Also plays GameCube disks.
  • Internet: Wireless through 802.11b and 802.11g or by purchasing a cable adapter. "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection" is the service, which only requires a wireless connection to the internet. Game downloading will also be functional, for downloading old NES, MSX, Turbografx, C64, SNES, MegaDrive/Genesis or Nintendo 64 games.
  • Reverse Compatibility: In addition to being able to play GCN games, the Wii also has a bay with 4 GCN controller ports and 2 GCN memory card slots.
  • Storage: In addition to the GCN memory card slots, the Wii also sports 2 flash memory slots.
  • Controllers: Supports up to 4 of Nintendo's new wireless "remote" style controllers (see below).
  • I/O: 1 component digital out, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 power input.
  • Design: Thickness is about 3 DVD cases. Has been previewed in multiple colors, as has the controllers.

The controller

The Wii controller resembles a television remote. It features a D-pad, an A button, a B button, a select button, a home button, a start button, a 1 button and a 2 button. In addition, there are a group of lights on the bottom to remind you what player you are, a power button, and a slot to connect the nunchuk attachment, which will have an analog control stick and two trigger buttons.

Possibly the most important feature of the controller is its ability to detect motion in three dimensions, allowing for motion-controlled gameplay.

At the E3 2006 conference, Nintendo revealed that the controller would have a built-in speaker for further sound depth. Noises made from your weapons would start in the controller and end up on the television screen.

The controller is also able to hold preferences for a player in internal memory, as well as removable SD media. Such preferences include a user's Mii characters.

There is also the Classic Controller, this resembles a SNES controller with 8 buttons excluding the Start and Select buttons. It is used for games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl and to play Virtual Console games.


See also

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