The Wii is a highly successful video games console launched by
the Nintendo corporation. It's the fifth in a line of consoles developed
by Nintendo, and globally competes against both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's
Xbox 360. It's possible the first games console to be marketed to
a broad demographic. Unlike the usual pitch towards teenage and
young adult men.
What distinguishes the console from it's competitors and predecessors
is it's wireless controller. Imbedded with motion-sensors, it's
sensitive enough to detect 3D movement. The first for a mainstream
games console. Therefore, it's not surprising that Nintendo code
named the machine the 'Revolution' to begin with. The official title
of the console is simple the 'Wii', but it's often referred to as
the ''Nintendo Wii'. Probably because all prior Nintendo games consoles
were officially called the 'Nintendo N64' or 'Nintendo Gamecube'.
But, nevertheless, it's still the first console released by Nintendo
that's without the company name in it's official title.
Many people have asked, what does the name 'Wii' mean. Nintendo
have offered quite a few explanations. But most commonly it's a
combination of two reasons. Firstly the the two 'ii' represent two
players, indicating this machine is designed for a gathering of
friends, and is a 'social' games console. This is further supported
by the TV advertising in the UK, which always has a family or a
group of friends playing together. Secondly the word 'Wii' is pronounced
the same as 'We', emphasizing the all encompassing nature of the
console, which can be played by all ages in all cultures and countries.
The first Wii was sold on the American continent on November 19,
2006. Followed up by a UK launch date of December 8, 2006. Nintendo
appear to have seriously underestimated the interest the console
would generate in the UK. Pre-orders vastly exceeded supply, and
parents via'd against one another to snap up a console. A large
market in second hand Wii's began on Ebay, with the console selling
for over 50% of it's original retail value. Only by 2008 had supply
met the demand, making the Wii the highest selling console month
by month globally (in comparison to the Xbox 360 and PS3).
Whilst the Wii does not come close to matching the raw processing
power of either the Xbox 360 or PS3, it does have the advantage
of being cheap to manufacture. Both Microsoft and Sony make a loss
on every console they sell. On the other hand, Nintendo make a profit
on every console they sell, with the largest profit margin being
in Europe., and the lowest in Japan.
The Wii is the smallest home console that Nintendo have ever made.
Shaped like a box, it can be placed either vertically or horizontally.
It has an SD card slot, and two USB ports at the rear, alongside
the usual power supply socket etc. The media drive can play either
GameCube or Wii games, but cannot currently play DVD's (DVD-Video
playback capabilities are planned). The Wii can also connect to
the Internet, via WiiConnect24, for updates of games etc. Nintendo
Wi-Fi Connection, is a free service run by Nintendo, which allows
for multiplayer gaming online.
Nintendo are very cagey about releasing details of the Wii's hardware
specification. Though none of the data below is officially confirmed,
it's been gained through the process of leaks. It indicates that
the Wii is around twice as powerful as the GameCube, and built upon
- Processor - PowerPC 'Broadway' processor, clocked at 729 MHz.
- Graphics - ATI 'Hollywood' GPU, locked at 243 MHz.
- Memory - 88 MB, split for both graphics and system resources.
- Storage - 512 MB flash memory.
- Video output - 480p, 480i or 576i at d 4:3 and 16:9 widescreen.
- Audio output - Dolby Pro Logic II.
- Power consumed - 18 watts full, 1.3 watts standby, 9.6 watts
The contents of a standard Wii console + Wii Sports box is as follows;
- Wii console
- Power supply
- AV Cable
- Console stand
- Stand plate
- Remote wrist stand
- Three adhesion tapes for sensor bar
- Sensor bar
- Sensor bar stand
- 2AA batteries
-Wii backward compatible?
-Does the Wii have Wi-Fi access?
-Is the specification of the black
-Does the Balance Board have
-Wii Lite support gamecube pads?
-What is MotionPlus for the
-Battery life for the Wii
-Who is Satoru Iwata?
-Who are the Yamauchi family?
-Is the Wii the smallest ever
-When will the WiiU be launched?
-How much memory does the Wii
-What GPU does the Wii have?
-Is the Wii simple called the Wii?
-Was the Wii originally called
-Video display resolution of the
-Aspect ratio of the Wii?
-What is the Wii Virtual
-How do the parental
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-Pricing of the Wii
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