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'''Wii''' (Japanese: '''ウィー''' ''Wii'') is [[Nintendo]]'s seventh-generation console, which serves as the company's competition for Sony's {{wp|PlayStation 3}} and Microsoft's {{wp|Xbox 360}}. Its handheld counterpart is the [[Nintendo DS]]. The [[Nintendo 3DS]] has the same graphical and CPU capabilities as it. It, like its predecessor, the [[Nintendo GameCube]], is able to connect to software titles on the handheld of this generation, the [[Nintendo DS]], has a Pokémon game that serves as a battle arena for the [[Generation IV]] Pokémon games—in this case, [[Pokémon Battle Revolution]], and also has a storage system—in this case, [[My Pokémon Ranch]]. It was succeeded by the [[Wii U]], which is backwards-compatible to all Wii games and controllers, in 2012.
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'''Wii''' (Japanese: '''ウィー''' ''Wii'') is [[Nintendo]]'s seventh-generation console, which serves as the company's competition for Sony's {{wp|PlayStation 3}} and Microsoft's {{wp|Xbox 360}}. Its handheld counterpart is the [[Nintendo DS]]. The [[Nintendo 3DS]] has the same graphical and CPU capabilities as it. It, like its predecessor, the [[Nintendo GameCube]], is able to connect to software titles on the handheld of this generation, the [[Nintendo DS]], has a Pokémon game that serves as a battle arena for the [[Generation IV]] Pokémon games—in this case, [[Pokémon Battle Revolution]], and also has a storage system—in this case, [[My Pokémon Ranch]]. It was succeeded by the [[Wii U]], which is backwards-compatible to all Wii games and controllers.
   
 
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Revision as of 09:14, 27 December 2012

Wii
ウィー Wii
Nintendo Wiis.png
The black Wii next to the white Wii.
Release dates
Japan: December 2, 2006
North America: November 19, 2006
Europe: December 8, 2006
Australia: December 7, 2006
South Korea: N/A
Technical specs
  • Compatibility with both 12cm Wii Game Discs and 8cm GameCube Game Discs
  • 729 MHz "Broadway" IBM CPU
  • 243 MHz "Hollywood" ATI GPU
  • 88 MB total memory
  • Full list below
Related information
Console generation: Seventh generation
Pokémon generations: I*, III*, IV
Console type: Home
Colors:
White
Black
Red
Blue
Pink*
Skyward Sword Gold*Sp
Star Wars Theme
External links

Wii (Japanese: ウィー Wii) is Nintendo's seventh-generation console, which serves as the company's competition for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. Its handheld counterpart is the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo 3DS has the same graphical and CPU capabilities as it. It, like its predecessor, the Nintendo GameCube, is able to connect to software titles on the handheld of this generation, the Nintendo DS, has a Pokémon game that serves as a battle arena for the Generation IV Pokémon games—in this case, Pokémon Battle Revolution, and also has a storage system—in this case, My Pokémon Ranch. It was succeeded by the Wii U, which is backwards-compatible to all Wii games and controllers.

Features

Wii Remote

A pink Wii Remote
A black Nunchuk

Wii's controller is a strange and revolutionary one, instead of taking the dual-control-stick layout of the previous generation like its competitors, it is in a remote control form, with attachments available to work with compatible games, such as a control stick on a Nunchuk attachment, or the Classic Controller, which takes on a layout similar to the other consoles' main controller. The Wii Remote is wireless, and features many innovations such as motion and tilt sensing, a first for game controllers. The motion sensor requires a bar to be placed on the top or bottom of the screen. The sensitivity can be enhanced with Wii Motion-Plus, although currently it is not compatible with any Pokémon games.

Wii Menu

The Wii Disc Channel

The console features a custom GUI made up of different—and expandable—channels, all of which, save the Disc Channel, can be moved around to any of the 47 spaces available on the main menu. New channels can be downloaded via the Wii Shop Channel, including a browser and games from older systems playable via Virtual Console. The channels can be put on an SD card, and with the introduction of Wii Menu 3.3, SD Card menus can be accessed straight from the main one.

Wii also has the ability to send messages to and from other devices, so long as the Wii sends out the first message, an address book confirmation message, to the email address or cell phone number in question. When the recipient replies to the Wii's message, communication between the two devices will be active, and via WiiConnect24, others can leave messages for players of the console on its message board from anywhere in the world.

Backward compatibility

Wii is also backwards-compatible with all GameCube games, as well as with most of GameCube's accessories, such as the controllers, memory cards, GameCube to GBA cables, and microphone. It is not compatible with the Rumble Pak or the Game Boy Player.

Technical specs

  • Compatibility with both 12cm Wii Game Discs and 8cm GameCube Game Discs
  • 729 MHz "Broadway" IBM CPU
  • 243 MHz "Hollywood" ATI GPU
  • 88 MB total memory
  • 512 MB internal flash memory, for game, channel, and data saving
  • SD memory card bay for expansion of save space. Initially, the system supported SD cards up to 2 GB. After the Wii System 4.0 update, the system supports SDHC cards up to 32 GB; however, games released before the system update may not read SDHC cards.
  • Two USB ports for expansion and/or networking capabilities

Pokémon games

On game discs

Most Wii games are released on the Wii's own 12cm discs. So far, there are four known games that feature Pokémon.

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Battle Revolution Battle simulation 2006
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Versus fighting 2008
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Action-adventure 2009
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Action-adventure 2012

GameCube games

Because Wii features backwards compatibility with the majority of Nintendo GameCube hardware, all Pokémon games on the GameCube are also playable on Wii; however, Wii is not compatible with the Game Boy Player.

Title Genre Release
Super Smash Bros. Melee Versus fighting 2001
Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire Utility 2003
Pokémon Channel Virtual pet 2003
Pokémon Colosseum RPG 2003
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness RPG 2005


With Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire emulator

Title Genre Release
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Main series RPG 2003

WiiWare games

WiiWare

WiiWare games are special games downloadable via the Wii Shop Channel. Two Pokémon games have been released worldwide, and a third has been released only in Japan.

Title Genre Release Cost
My Pokémon Ranch Virtual life 2008 1000 Wii Points
Pokémon Rumble Fighter 2008 1500 Wii Points
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare) Dungeon crawler 2009 1200 Wii Points


Virtual Console games

Virtual Console games are old games that were originally released on past consoles, and have now been re-released on the Wii Shop Channel. Like WiiWare games, they can be downloaded after being bought. There are two Pokémon games that have received this treatment so far, plus the original Super Smash Bros. game.

Title Genre Original release VC release Cost
Pokémon Snap First-person rail shooter 1997 2007 1000 Wii Points
Pokémon Puzzle League Puzzle 2000 2008 1000 Wii Points
Super Smash Bros. Versus fighting 1999 2009 1000 Wii Points


Channels

Wii Shop Channel

The Wii Shop Channel is a channel which comes pre-installed on Wii consoles. It uses the Internet to purchase and download WiiWare, Virtual Console games and channels with Wii Points.

Nintendo Channel

The Nintendo Channel is a free downloadable channel which contains various videos and demos of Nintendo games. Use of this channel requires the Internet. These videos are often commercials, trailers, and interviews relating to Nintendo products. All Pokémon games for Nintendo DS and Wii (excluding Virtual Console) that have had an English language release have been featured on the channel at some point.

Additionally, the channel has a feature called the DS Download Service, which allows players to download demos of games to a Nintendo DS system via DS Download Play. Demos for Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Pokémon Trozei! and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky can be downloaded. Explorers of Sky has three slightly different demos.

Variants

Wii Family Edition

Wii Family Edition

The Wii Family Edition is a special model of Wii that removes features from the Wii so it can be sold at a lower price. It is not compatible with Nintendo GameCube games or hardware like the original model was. It is designed to sit horizontally rather than upright like the original model. It was released in October 2011 in North America and Europe.

Wii Mini

Wii Mini

The Wii Mini is a special model of Wii that removes features from the Wii so it can be sold at a lower price. It is not compatible with Nintendo GameCube games or hardware, has no online functions, and does not have an SD card slot, restricting the console to only playing games from Wii game discs. It also only has one USB port rather than the two on the original Wii, and can only use composite video cables rather than the S-Video and component video cables used by the original Wii. It was released exclusively in Canada on December 7, 2012.

Cameos

Trivia

  • The Nunchuk resembles part of a Nintendo 64 controller.
  • The Wii can play all three Super Smash Bros. titles.

External links

Game systems with Pokémon games
GB (PocketGBLSGBSGB2) • GBCminiGBA (SPGBmGBP) • DS (LiteDSiDSi XL) • 3DS (XL2DSNew 3DSNew 3DS XL)
SNES (BS-XSGBNPSGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP) • WiiWii U
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