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Wii and its controller, the Wii Remote.

Wii is Nintendo's seventh-generation console, which serves as the company's competition against Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. It, like its predecessor, the GameCube, is able to connect to software titles on the handheld of this generation, the Nintendo DS, and has a Pokémon game that will serve as a battle arena for the Generation IV Pokémon games - in this case, Pokémon Battle Revolution.


Wii Remote

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 nunchuck 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.

Wii Menu

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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.

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.

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 (2 GB maximum SD card size)
  • 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 two Pokémon games known, and both of them have been released.

Because the Wii features backwards compatibility with the majority of GameCube hardware, all Pokémon games on the GameCube are also playable on the Wii. Go here for a list of Gamecube games that can be used with the Nintendo Wii. In addition, plans of releasing againsome GameCube-games with Wiimote-compatibility has been announced.[1]

WiiWare games

WiiWare games are special games downloadable via the Wii Shop Channel. Only one Pokémon game has been released so far.

Virtual Console games

Virtual Console games are old games that were originally released on past consoles, re-released on the Wii Shop Channel and are able to be downloaded after being bought. There are two Pokémon games that have received this treatment so far. It is unlikely that more games will be released as the only two spinoff-games of Pokémon on Nintendo 64 have been released, and the main games obviously needs compatilibity with the Generation I and II games, and the Wii games lack compatibility to Game Boy-games.


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Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
DS (LiteDSiDSi XL) • 3DS (XL2DSNew 3DSNew 3DS XLNew 2DS XL) • Switch
Nintendo home consoles
SNES (BS-XSGBNPSGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP) • WiiWii USwitch
Sega consoles
  1. Nintendo press conference on 8 October 2008