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! 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! 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 CPU/GPU: PowerPC CPU (code-named “Broadway”), made with a 90nm SOI CMOS process, jointly developed with and manufactured by IBM; GPU developed with ATI Media: 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. Backward Compatibility: The Wii is backward-compatible to all Nintendo GameCube games and includes four ports for controllers and two slots for memory cards. Network: 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. Size: 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) Design: 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/Output: 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 WiiConnect 24: 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. The Mii's: 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 user’s Wii Remote and taken to a friend’s house to play on another Wii console. Each member of the family can have his or her Wii Remote personalized with their own Mii. Photh Channel: 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. Forecast Channel: 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. News Channel: 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. Internet 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. Disc Channel: 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) (?) A 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) B Untitled Banpresto Action Game - IGN Unspecified Barking Lizards Technologies projects — Codename Revolution Barnyard — GameSpot 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 C 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 D 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 E 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) F 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 G 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 (?) H 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 — GameSpot Heroes Over Europe - Screen Play (O) Untitled Hideo Kojima Project — Aussie-Nintendo.com Unspecified High Voltage projects — Gamasutra Horse Racing Action - IGN I Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Video Game — GameSpot (O) Untitled Interchannel Sword Fighting Action Game - IGN J Unspecified Jaleco title — GameSpot JAWA — GameSpot Jigsaw Puzzle - IGN K 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 L 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 M 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 N NASCAR 07 — IGN (O) (?) NBA Live 07 — GoNintendo (O) (?) NCAA Football 07 — IGN (O) (?) Untitled Neko Entertainment Project — Codename Revolution Necro-Nesia — GameSpot Need for Speed: Carbon — IGN (O) Noumiso Konekone Puzzle Takoron - IGN Untitled n-Space game — GameSpot O Untitled oeFun project — Just Pause One Piece: Unlimited Adventure — IGN Open Season — Ubisoft (L) Orb — Crossbeam Studios Entertainment P Pac-Man Carnival - IGN Pachindaa - IGN Unspecified Papaya Studio project(s) — Codename Revolution Pokémon 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 R 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 S Sadness — GameSpot 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) T Tamagotchi — GameSpot 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 W 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) Y Untitled Yasumi Matsuno project - 1up Untitled Yoot Saito project — Codename Revolution Z Unspecified Zen Studios project(s) — Cubed3 (?) Part VI: Release Date, Box, Bundle. Release Dates: 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) Voilah! 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 for WiiChat.com.