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ウィー Wii
Wii White.png
The original White Wii
Release dates
Japan: December 2, 2006
North America: November 19, 2006
Europe: December 8, 2006
Australia: December 7, 2006
South Korea: April 26, 2008[1]
China: N/A
Hong Kong: December 12, 2009[2]
Taiwan: July 12, 2008[3]
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, V*
Console type: Home
Wii Mini
Red and Black
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's graphical and CPU capabilities are nearly identical to the Wii. Like its predecessor, the Nintendo GameCube, the Wii 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: My Pokémon Ranch. It was succeeded by the Wii U, which is backwards-compatible with all Wii games and controllers.

It was discontinued in Japan and Europe on October 20, 2013.[4][5][6]


Wii Remote

A pink Wii Remote

The Wii's controller design is unconventional; 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 other consoles' main controllers. The Wii Remote is wireless, and features such innovations as motion and tilt sensing, a first for game controllers. Its 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, and include an Internet 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 menu.

The Wii also has the ability to send messages to and from other devices, so long as the Wii sends out an initial 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. However, this feature, along with a few channels, was discontinued on June 30, 2013.

Backward compatibility

The Wii is 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.

The cheaper Wii variants, the Wii Family Edition and Wii mini, are not compatible with GameCube games.


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 on October 23, 2011 in North America and November 4, 2011 in 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 in Canada on December 7, 2012 and Europe on March 22, 2013, and became available in the United States on November 17, 2013.

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, 24 MB Mo-Sys 1T-SRAM, 324 MHz, 2,7 GB/s bandwidth
  • 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, but games released before the system update may not read SDHC cards.
  • Supports GameCube memory cards (except Wii Family Edition and Wii mini)
  • 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 the Wii features backwards compatibility with the majority of Nintendo GameCube hardware, all Pokémon games for the GameCube are also playable on the Wii; however, the 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 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 Action RPG 2009 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 system Original release VC release
Pokémon Snap First-person rail shooter Nintendo 64 1997 2007
Pokémon Puzzle League Puzzle Nintendo 64 2000 2008
Super Smash Bros. Versus fighting Nintendo 64 1999 2009


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.

The channel was discontinued on June 30, 2013.




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

External links


Game systems with Pokémon games
Nintendo handheld consoles
DS (LiteDSiDSi XL) • 3DS (XL2DSNew 3DSNew 3DS XLNew 2DS XL)
Switch (LiteOLED)
Nintendo home consoles
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Sega consoles