|Type||Video game console|
|Generation||Seventh generation era|
|First available|| November 19, 2006 |
December 2, 2006
December 7, 2006
December 8, 2006
|CPU||IBM PowerPC-based "Broadway"|
|Media||12 cm Wii Optical Disc|
8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc
|System storage||512 MB Internal flash memory|
Secure Digital card
Nintendo GameCube Memory Card
|Controller input||Wii remote, Nintendo GameCube controller|
USB 2.0 x2
LAN Adapter (via USB)
|Online service||Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection|
|Backward compatibility||Nintendo GameCube|
|Article on Nintendo Wiki||Wii|
The Wii is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. The console is the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3, but it competes with both as part of the seventh generation of video game systems, despite being noticeably underpowered compared to its rivals.
A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect acceleration and orientation in three dimensions. Another feature is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode. The Wii remote and Nunchuk combination can be used to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while the Wii remote (turned on it's side), the Classic Controller, or a GameCube controller may also be used.
Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled the system at the 2005 E3. Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show. At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards. By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in four key markets. The Financial Times reported that as of September 12, 2007, the Wii is the sales leader of its generation, based on sales figures from Enterbrain, NPD Group and GfK.
On December 7th 2012, the Wii Mini was released exclusively in Canada. While the console can play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it features no online connectivity, so it cannot download Super Smash Bros., nor can it run Super Smash Bros. Melee, as the console has no Nintendo GameCube functionality. This also means that the GameCube controller cannot be used to control Brawl.
 In the Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a Super Smash Bros. game released game for the Wii in 2008. Backwards compatibility allows for Super Smash Bros. Melee to be played on the Wii, but with GameCube controllers instead of the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk. Also, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 has been released on the Virtual Console in Japan, Europe and America for 1000 Wii Points. This makes it possible, for the first time, to play all previous Smash Bros. games on the newest game's home console, as well as the first time any past Smash game has been playable on a newer console.
- Wii: The Total Story. IGN. Retrieved on 2006-11-20.
|Home consoles||Nintendo Entertainment System · Super Nintendo Entertainment System · Nintendo 64 · Nintendo GameCube · Wii · Wii U|
|Handheld consoles||Game & Watch · Game Boy · Game Boy Color · Virtual Boy · Game Boy Advance · Nintendo DS · Nintendo 3DS|