Wii

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The Nintendo Wii
Wii
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Home Console
Generation Seventh
Lifespan 2006 -
CPU IBM PowerPC-based "Broadway"
GPU ATI "Hollywood"
Media 12 cm Wii Optical Disc, 8 cm GameCube disc
Storage 512MB Internal flash memory, Gamecube memory card, Secure Digital Card
Controllers Four wireless, Four Gamecube ports.
Connectivity Wi-Fi
Blue Tooth
USB 2.0
LAN Adapter
Online Service Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
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Wii Shop Channel (Virtual Console, WiiWare, Wii Channels)
Release Date JP December 2, 2006
US November 19, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
AU December 7, 2006
KO April 26, 2008
Units Sold 67.45 million
Top Game Wii Sports
Compatibility GameCube
Predecessor GameCube

The Wii (pronounced "We") is Nintendo's fifth and latest home console. Formerly known as "The Revolution," the Wii has a unique motion-sensing controller. The Wii is trying to target a larger demographic by having easy-to-use controls.

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Features

Wii Remote

The main draw that makes the Wii so unique is the Wii Remote. The Wii Remote is designed similar to a TV Remote in order to attract users who don't normally play video games.

Wii Channels

The Wii's interface is designed around different channels the player can choose. The primary ones are the Disc Channel, Mii Channel, Photo Channel, Wii Shop Channel, Forecast Channel, and News Channel. Newer channels include the Internet Channel and the Everybody Votes Channel.

Compatibility

The Nintendo Wii is able to play Gamecube games. To play Gamecube games, the player must use a Gamecube controller and Gamecube memory cards. Most of the Gamecube's peripherals also work with the Wii. Nintendo has stated that the GameCube modem adapter, broadband adapter, Game Boy Player, AV cable, and AC adapter do not work with the Wii.

The Nintendo DS is able to wirelessly connect to the Wii, similar to the connectivity feature the Gameboy Advance and Gamecube had. Pokemon Battle Revolution has made use of this feature. Select demos for DS games can be downloaded through the Nintendo Channel. Miis can also be transfered to certain DS games.

Online Connectivity

The Wii is able to connect to the internet through Nintendo's Wi-Fi service. Similar to the DS, a friend code system is used. However, only one friend code is used per system.

Other Features

The Wii features the ability to limit the games that can be played on the Wii. Each region's Wii uses the rating system relevant to that region (North America uses ESRB, Japan uses CERO, Europe uses PEGI, ect.). If a game is of an inappropriate rating, an override code is needed to play it. This only works on Wii and Virtual Console games; it does not affect Gamecube games.

With the help of a boot-up disc, the Wii is also accessible to the Netflix service.

See Also

Games:


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