The Nintendo Wii Breakdown
Part I: What's the Wii?
The Nintendo Wii
is Nintendo's brand new next-generation
console. You may be wondering what is so good
about this console; your answer will be pouring into your mind into a few moments. But once you read this, don't get your hopes up; not many of us have actually experienced the Wii itself.
The Wii, once, was codenamed the "Revolution."
It was named this because Nintendo believed that this console will revolutionize the very ways of gaming; so do I, and many others.
Part II: The Controller
The Wii Controller, or the Wii-Mote
is one of the many things that sparkled the console. This controller is not like an ordinary Xbox/360 controller, or a PS2 controller; it's motion-sensitive.
Don't get my drift? Let's take an example: Let's say you're playing Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
for the very first time. You start out, sword 'n all. What do you do to swing your sword at an enemy? Press the B button? A? Nope.
Swing your arm like you're holding the sword itself(but with the Wii-Mote, rather) in front of the T.V.(scroll down for further details) and Link will swing the sword, too!
Now, let's say you playing Wii Sports(scroll down for bundling info)
and you're playing tennis. You're holding a racket; what do you do?
Swing the 'Mote, and boom, you just did a forehand!
What 'bout FPS'es?
Precise aiming. Aim, press A, and boom. It makes the experience more virtual.
Part III: Hardware
PowerPC CPU (code-named Broadway), made with a 90nm SOI CMOS process, jointly developed with and manufactured by IBM; GPU developed with ATI
A single self-loading media bay plays single- or double-layered 12-cm optical discs for the Wii console, as well as 8-cm Nintendo GameCube discs.
The Wii is backward-compatible to all Nintendo GameCube games and includes four ports for controllers and two slots for memory cards.
The Wii console communicates wirelessly with the Internet via IEEE 802.11 or a USB 2.0 LAN adaptor. Wii also can connect wirelessly with Nintendo DS.
About 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide and less than 2 inches thick (roughly the size of 3 DVD cases stacked on top of each other)
Featuring a compact design that makes it a natural addition to any television setup, the Wii console is white in color and can be displayed either vertically or horizontally
Input: four Wii Remote controllers can communicate with Wii, which features a bay for an SD memory card
Output: an AV Multi-output port for component, composite or S-video
The Wii console can communicate with the Internet even when the power is turned off. The WiiConnect24 service delivers a new surprise or game update, even if the system is idle. Users can connect wirelessly using IEEE 802.11 or a USB 2.0 LAN adaptor.
Taken from Nintendo Wii's site.
Part IV: Wii Channels!
Another thing that boosts up the uniqueness. Wii Channels; they are an outside-gaming experience.
Fun 3-D caricatured portraits of users, or Miis, created in this channel can be used on characters across a variety of Wii software. In addition to storing Miis on the Wii, several Miis can be stored in a users Wii Remote and taken to a friends house to play on another Wii console. Each member of the family can have his or her Wii Remote personalized with their own Mii.
This channel allows users to retrieve digital pictures from an SD memory card inserted into the Wii console and display them on their television screen. Users also can manipulate the photos in a variety of fun and creative ways, such as zooming into details or creating mosaics, puzzles or slide shows. Users can even add an MP3 tune from their SD memory card to their slide shows. It provides a fun and easy outlet for people to edit and show off their digital pictures.
Users can access free local weather forecasts after turning on the Wii console. When connected to the Internet, the WiiConnect24 service automatically updates local weather information.
Users can access the most up-to-date breaking news from around the world, organized into a variety of topical categories. When connected to the Internet, the WiiConnect24 service automatically updates this free channel.
Wii Shop Channel:
This is where users go to download video game content, including classic video games originally played on the NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis and NEC TurboGrafx platforms. Here the users may buy Wii Points with a credit card or redeem a Wii Points Card purchased at retail to add points to their account, then redeem points to download these Virtual Console games. Users also can use points to download the Opera browser used in the Internet Channel.
Virtual Console Channel:
After users download Virtual Console games from the Wii Shop Channel, each game will appear in the Wii Channel Menu as its own Virtual Console Channel. To play the game, users simply select the game's channel.
This channel dramatically changes the relationship between a user's home, the television and the Internet. Users download the Opera browser with Wii Points. Then they can surf the Internet right from the comfort of their couch. They can do quick research while watching a television program ("What was that actor's name again?"), or book travel plans and shop during commercials. The service is compatible with Macromedia Flash and also runs AJAX software.
Wii Message Board:
Forget hand-scrawled notes tacked to the refrigerator door. Users can leave messages for other family members on a calendar-based message board. They also can use WiiConnect24 to send messages to people outside the home as well. Even better, people can trade photos and text messages with cell phone users. The service also allows for incoming messages targeted at software, such as a new map or weapon for a game. Games can constantly be updated, thereby extending their playability.
This channel allows users to play either Wii game discs or any of the entire library of Nintendo GameCube discs.
Taken from Nintendo Wii's website.
Part V: Games, Games, Games!
Taken from Wikipedia.
100 Bullets IGN (O) (?)
Alive - International Herald Tribune (O) (?)
Animal Crossing (Wii) IGN (N)
The Ant Bully Midway (O)
Untitled AQ Interactive 3D Shooting Game - IGN
Untitled AQ Interactive game based on a major comic license IGN
Unspecified Artdink Project(s) AdvancedMN
Untitled ASNETWORKS Action Game - IGN
Untitled ASNETWORKS Fishing Game - IGN
Untitled ASNETWORKS Shooting Game - IGN
Avatar: The Last Airbender THQ (O)
Untitled Banpresto Action Game - IGN
Unspecified Barking Lizards Technologies projects Codename Revolution
Battalion Wars 2 Club Skill (N)
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games TeamXbox (O) (?)
Big Brain Academy Wii - Aussie-Nintendo.com
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII Ubisoft (O) (L)
Bleach Wii: Shiraha Kirameku Rinbukyoku Go Nintendo
Blitz: The League Midway (O)
Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting Planet GameCube(O)
Bomberman Land GameSpot
Boxing Action GameSpot
Broken Saints Cubed3 (?)
Bust-a-Move Revolution Majesco
Call of Duty 3 IGN (O) (L)
Untitled Camelot RPG IGN
Cars IGN (O)
Unspecified Cellien Studios project(s) The Wiire
Cooking Mama: Cooking with International Friends GameSpot
Unspecified Coresoft project(s) Codename Revolution
Unspecified Crave Entertainment projects Codename Revolution
Crayon Shin-chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King Ui - Codename Revolution
Crossword - IGN
Dance Factory Games Asylum (O)
Untitled D3 Publisher Action Game - IGN
Darkness Crossbeam Studios Entertainment
Unspecified Day 1 Studios project(s) - The Wiire
Devil Kings - IGN (O)
Digimon Wii GameSpot
Disaster: Day of Crisis Pro-G (N)
Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action Buena Vista Games (O)
Disney's Meet The Robinsons Buena Vista Games (O)
DK Bongo Blast - The Wiire
The Dog Island - The Wiire
Donkey Kong Wii IGN (N)
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 Planet GameCube (O)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors IGN
Dreamers Worth Playing
Unspecified Eidos Projects GameSpot
Elebits IGN (L)
Unspecified Emerging Entertainment violence-free title Emerging Entertainment (O)
Ennichi no Tatsujin (Master of Festivals) - The Wiire
Untitled Epoch Action Game - GameSpot
Excite Truck Cubed3 (N)(L)
Eyeshield 21 - IGN (N)
Far Cry: Vengeance Ubisoft (L)
FIFA 07 IGN(cancelled)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers IGN
Fire Emblem: Goddess of Dawn GameSpot
Final Furlong N-Sider
Fishing Master - The Wiire
Forever Blue - Eurogamer (N)
Untitled From Software action game GameSpot
Untitled From Software Action RPG - IGN
Unspecified From Yellow to Orange studio project Gamasutra
Furi Furi - The Wiire
Unspecified Game Factory project GameSpot
Untitled Gearbox Software project(s) GamerCC
Unspecified Genki game GameSpot
The Godfather: The Game EA (O)
Untitled Godzilla project The Wiire
Gottlieb Pinball Classics Games Asylum
Unspecified Grand Prix Games project Codename Revolution
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Go Nintendo (?)
GT Pro Series Ubisoft (L)
Guitar Hero - Gamesindustry.biz (?)
Happy Feet Midway.com (O)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix EA
Harvest Moon (Wii) GameSpot
Unspecified Helixe project(s) - Codename Revolution
Healing Type - The Wiire
Heroes Over Europe - Screen Play (O)
Untitled Hideo Kojima Project Aussie-Nintendo.com
Unspecified High Voltage projects Gamasutra
Horse Racing Action - IGN
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Video Game GameSpot (O)
Untitled Interchannel Sword Fighting Action Game - IGN
Unspecified Jaleco title GameSpot
Jigsaw Puzzle - IGN
Kiduo Senshi Gundam - IGN
Kirby - IGN
Untitled Koei RPG - IGN
Untitled Konami Action Adventure game 1 - IGN
Untitled Konami Action Adventure game 2 - IGN
Untitled Konami baseball game - IGN
Untitled Konami music simulation game - IGN
Untitled Konami RPG game - IGN
Untitled Konami soccer game GameSpot
Kororinpa - The Wiire
Killing Day IGN (O) (?)
Untitled Krome Studios Project(s) Aussie-Nintendo
Leaderboard Games Asylum
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess IGN (N) (L)
Let's Go By Train (Densha de Go!) GameSpot
Lost: The Video Game IGN (?)
Unspecified LucasArts project(s) IGN
Machi Kuru Domino IGN
Madagascar 2 IGN (O)
Madden NFL 07 GameSpot (L)
Mahjong Wii - IGN
Untitled Majesco title Majesco
Untitled Mana MMO GoNintendo (?)
Mario Kart Wii The Wiire (?)
Mario Party 8 - IGN
Mario Strikers Charged Club Skill (N)
Marionette IGN (?)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Activision (O) (L)
Untitled Marvelous Interactive original simulation title GameSpot
Medal of Honor: Airborne GameSpot (O)
Mercury Type R Go Nintendo
Metal Slug Anthology IGN (L)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Joystiq (N)
Untitled Milestone Inc. action Game GameSpot
Untitled Milestone Inc. Vertical Shooter GameSpot
Mobile Suit Gundam GameSpot (?)
Monster 4x4 World Circuit Ubisoft (O) (L)
Untitled Monolith Soft RPG - IGN (N) (?)
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon GamesRadar (O)
Mr. D Goes to Town GameSpot
NASCAR 07 IGN (O) (?)
NBA Live 07 GoNintendo (O) (?)
NCAA Football 07 IGN (O) (?)
Untitled Neko Entertainment Project Codename Revolution
Need for Speed: Carbon IGN (O)
Noumiso Konekone Puzzle Takoron - IGN
Untitled n-Space game GameSpot
Untitled oeFun project Just Pause
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure IGN
Open Season Ubisoft (L)
Orb Crossbeam Studios Entertainment
Pac-Man Carnival - IGN
Pachindaa - IGN
Unspecified Papaya Studio project(s) Codename Revolution
Pokιmon Battle Revolution IGN (N)
Prince of Persia Wii IGN
Princess Company - IGN
Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Gaming Age (N)
Unspecified Pronto Games project(s) - Codename Revolution
Unspecified Radical Entertainment project(s) MaxHire
Raid over the River Wii IGN
Rampage: Total Destruction Advanced Media Network (O)
Ranch Story GameSpot
Rapala Trophies - GoNintendo
Rayman Raving Rabbids GamingAge (L)
Ready to Rumble 3 Nwiizone (?)
Red Steel Game Informer (L)
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles GameSpot
Unspecified Red Tribe Project Vooks.Net
River King - IGN
San-X All-Star Wii GameSpot
Unspecified Sega Gun Shooting Game - IGN
Samurai Warriors Wave Gamasutra
SD Gundam G Breaker GameSpot
Untitled Sensory Sweep Studios action title Codename Revolution
Shrek the Third Game IGN (O) (?)
Sidewinder Games Asylum
Untitled The Simpsons project(s) AdvancedMN (O) (?)
Untitled Simple Series game GameSpot
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron The Wiire
Sonic and the Secret Rings SEGA
Spider-Man 3 IGN (O)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Planet GameCube (O)
Spore IGN (?)
SSX Wii EA
Sudoku - IGN
Super Mario Galaxy 1UP (N)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz SEGA.com (L)
Super Paper Mario - The Wiire
Super Smash Bros. Brawl IGN (N)
Super Swing Golf Pangya Planet GameCube (L)
Star Wars Wii IGN
Sword of Legendia GameSpot (L)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IGN (O)
Unspecified Terminal Reality projects Codename Revolution
Thorn Crossbeam Studios Entertainment (?)
Untitled THQ/Relic Entertainment strategy game CreativeHeads (O)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour EA
Time Crisis Wii Spong (?)
TNA iMPACT! IGN (O)
Untitled Tomy 3D action game - IGN
Untitled Tomy Action Game GameSpot
Untitled Tomy Battle Action Game GameSpot
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent IGN (L) (O)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam IGN (L)
Unspecified Totally Games project(s) - Advanced Media Network
Trauma Center: Second Opinion GamesAreFun (L)
Turn IT Around!! GameSpot
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cubed3 (N)
Wii Music GameSpot(N)
Wii Play - N-Sider (N) (L)
Wii Sports Cubed3 (N) (L)
Wii Motor Sports IGN (N)
Wing Island - The Wiire
World Series of Poker The Wiire (L)
Untitled Yasumi Matsuno project - 1up
Untitled Yoot Saito project Codename Revolution
Unspecified Zen Studios project(s) Cubed3 (?)
Part VI: Release Date, Box, Bundle.
November 19th 2006 - North and South America ($250)
December 2nd 2006 - Japan (25,000 yen)
December 8th 2006 - Europe (249 Euros)
December 8th 2006 - UK (£179)
The wonderful box art of the Wii itself! You will be getting this box, hopefully, on November 19, 2006, or some other launch date.
It will include: One Wii-mote, Nun-chuck attachment, Wii Sports (Europe, North America, South America Only), Wii Play (Japan Only), AC adapter, audio/video cable, sensor bar stand, sensor bar, Wii console stand, and 2 batteries.
Part VII: Sensor Bar
This bar attaches to your T.V., which emits a large range for your Wii-Mote to detect. Don't worry, the range is pretty large, think of the bar's range as wide as a wide-angle camera.
Maybe even larger.
The Bottom Line
You've seen everything you need to know; now, you can decide whether you'll buy it or not. I know I am!
Written by Kunu, for and only