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TypeVideo game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release dateWii
  • NA: November 19, 2006
  • JP: December 2, 2006
  • AU: December 7, 2006

Wii Family Edition

Wii Mini

LifespanNovember 19, 2006

Wii Family Edition

Units sold101.63 million
Units shippedWorldwide: 100.30 million (as of September 30, 2013) (details)
MediaWii Optical Disc
Nintendo GameCube Game Disc
CPUIBM PowerPC "Broadway"[10]
Storage512 MB Internal flash memory
SD card, SDHC card
Nintendo GameCube Memory Card
GraphicsATI "Hollywood"
Controller inputWii Remote (Plus), Wii Balance Board, Nintendo GameCube controller, Nintendo DS[11]
ConnectivityWi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
2 × USB 2.0[12]
LAN Adapter (via USB)
Online servicesNintendo Wi-Fi Connection, WiiConnect24, Wii Shop Channel
Best-selling gameWii Sports
Nintendo GameCube
SuccessorWii U

The Wii (pronounced "we") is a video game console made by Nintendo.[13] It first came out on November 19, 2006, in North America. It plays video games made for the Wii and the Nintendo GameCube.[13] It was succeeded by the Wii U in 2012.

Nintendo says they want to focus more on new ways to play games. The Wii uses a controller, called the Wii Remote, that is very different from the controllers of other video game consoles. It can be held with just one hand, and uses technology that senses the player's movements.

By making the Wii, Nintendo says they are trying to change the way video games are looked at and played. The Wii was made for all people of any age or interest. By making it easier to play, Nintendo thinks that they can get people who do not normally play games to start playing. Because of this, more people who have been playing video games for a long time (that means that they are "hardcore") do not like the Wii.

The last game to be released on the Wii was Just Dance 2020, which was released in November 2019.

Wii Hardware[change | change source]

CPU: "Broadway" processor at 1 GHz

GPU: ATI "Hollywood" at 243 MHz

Memory: 88 MB RAM

Storage: 512 MB of flash memory

Wii Channels[change | change source]

There are many things called Channels on the Wii. They are called Channels because just like on TV, you can look through channels by pressing − and +. Each Wii Channel does something different. Some of them need to connect to the internet to work, using either Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or WiiConnect24, but some information that has been saved can be viewed without a connection to the internet. However, all ways of accessing the internet officially have been removed as of January 30, 2019.

Disc Channel[change | change source]

Games can be played on this channel after a game disc, or Nintendo GameCube disc, is put in the disc slot.

Wii Shop Channel[change | change source]

The Wii Shop Channel was used to buy downloadable Virtual Console (old games), WiiWare games, and other Wii channels mentioned here. An internet connection was required to use this channel.

Mii Channel[change | change source]

The Mii Channel is where a player can make an avatar called a Mii to represent them, either in the Mii Channel's online feature Mii Parade, or in games that allow using Miis and most other Wii channels mentioned here.

News Channel[change | change source]

The News Channel was used to look up news on different topics, ranging from national news, to sport and entertainment. An internet connection was required to use this channel.

Forecast Channel[change | change source]

The Forecast Channel was used to check the weather forecast on most cities around the world. There was a feature that let you select your local area to receive weather updates. An internet connection was required to use this channel.

Everybody Votes Channel[change | change source]

The Everybody Votes Channel was a channel containing regularly updated polls. There were three national polls (updated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) along with one worldwide poll. An internet connection was required to use this channel.

Internet Channel[change | change source]

The Internet Channel allowed users to access the web. It is based on the Opera Browser. You would need an internet connection to use this channel. From 1 September 2009, the Internet Channel became free to download after an update was released to support Adobe Flash (a program to watch movies on the internet). Refunds consisting of a free Virtual Console NES title worth 500 Wii Points were offered by Nintendo to Wii owners who had downloaded it before for the same price.

Check Mii Out Channel[change | change source]

The Check Mii Out Channel (known as Mii Contest Channel in the UK) was used to send and pick up other Miis, and was also used in voting contests to see which Mii is the best. An internet connection was required to use this channel.

Nintendo Channel[change | change source]

The Nintendo Channel was used to watch videos, collect and send feedback on certain Wii titles, and to download Nintendo DS game demos to a Nintendo DS using the DS Download Service. An internet connection was needed to use this channel.

Today and Tomorrow Channel[change | change source]

The Today and Tomorrow Channel is a channel that was only released in Europe, on 9 September 2009, used to view daily horoscopes. Up to six Mii characters can be registered. It offers advice on five topics; love, work, study, communication, and money. It also offers hints on food, fun, and care. Another feature is a Mii compatibility check.

Homebrew Channel[change | change source]

The Homebrew Channel is an unofficial channel used for loading unofficial software, or homebrew. With homebrew, you can do many things that the Wii cannot normally do on its own (play DVDs, stream media from a computer, run emulators, etc.). Because the channel is not supported by Nintendo, they do not help fix problems with it.

Wii Speak Channel[change | change source]

The Wii Speak Channel is downloadable once you buy the Wii microphone, used in certain games like Animal Crossing: City Folk. An internet connection is required to use the Wii Speak Channel.

Wii Remote[change | change source]

The Wii Remote in someone's hand

The Wii Remote is a controller that is like a regular television remote. The Wii Remote uses accelerometers and infrared light sensors (from LEDs inside a 'sensor bar') to know where it is in 3D space.[14] This lets people control the game using physical movement and by pressing buttons. The controller connects to the console using Bluetooth. It has a rumble feature (the controller shakes when the game being played tells it to do so) and a speaker inside the remote.

An attachment to the Wii Remote that comes with the Wii console and can also be bought by itself in stores is the Nunchuk controller. It also has an accelerometer and an analog stick with two buttons, and connects to the bottom of the Wii Remote with a wire. A wrist strap can also be used to stop the player from dropping or throwing the Wii Remote. Because of problems with the straps, Nintendo has given all players a free stronger replacement for all straps.[15] It also comes with a cover called the Wii Remote Jacket, which protects the Wii Remote and the thing that it hits from being damaged or broken.[16] It also gives a stronger grip which makes it harder for the Wii Remote to slide out of players' hands.

Attachments for the Wii Remote[change | change source]

Nintendo and many other companies have made attachments for the Wii Remote. They are usually connected by a wire or by a small plug at the bottom of the Wii Remote.

Nunchuk[change | change source]

The Nunchuk, looked at from the side

The Nunchuk is the most common attachment for the Wii Remote. It is made to fit perfectly into someone's hand. It comes packaged with the Wii. The Nunchuk has an analog stick on the front and two buttons on the back. A Nunchuk is needed for many Wii games, as it is required to move characters around the game.

Wii Motion Plus[change | change source]

The Wii Motion Plus connects to the bottom of the Wii remote to help the sensors find the remote more accurately. It improves the playing of some games.

Classic Controller[change | change source]

Nintendo has released a "classic" controller for the Wii. The design is similar to the SNES's controller, but has two analog sticks and four shoulder buttons as opposed to two. It is mainly made for playing older games that can be bought from the Wii Shop Channel.

Zapper[change | change source]

There is also a case that looks like a gun for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. It is named the Zapper after a NES gun controller. When the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk are placed inside it, the shape of the controller in the player's hands is changed. The Zapper does not actually plug into the Wii Remote. It just holds it in place. The Zapper also includes a free, short game to help the player get used to it.

Instruments[change | change source]

There are many pretend instruments made by Nintendo and other companies for playing music video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. So far, they have made guitars and drums. They plug into the bottom of the Wii Remote. There are also microphones that plug into the USB port on the back on the Wii console.

Wheel[change | change source]

There is also a plastic wheel. These come with Mario Kart Wii and other racing or car driving games. The Wii remote goes into the middle of the wheel. There are some built-in buttons on the wheel to make it easier to click on things on the screen.

Wii Mini[change | change source]

On December 7, 2012, a new model called the Wii Mini was released in Canada.[17] It is different from the regular Wii in many ways: it is smaller, colored black and red, and cannot play GameCube games. It also cannot access the internet or read SD cards. It retails for $99.99. The Wii Mini would later be released in the United States on November 13, 2013.

Related pages[change | change source]

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