Wii

  • wii
    wii logo
    wii-console.jpg
    wii-mini-console-set-h.jpg
    top image: wii (rvl-001) with wii remote
    bottom image: wii mini (rvl-201)
    also known asrevolution (code name)
    developernintendo
    manufacturerfoxconn
    typehome video game console
    generationseventh generation
    release date
    lifespan2006–2011 (rvl-001)
    2011–2013 (rvl-101)
    2012–2017 (rvl-201)
    introductory price
    • us$249.99
    • jp¥25,000
    • £179.99
    • au$399.95
    (details)
    discontinuedwii (total)
    • jp: october 20, 2013[10][11]
    • na: 2017
    • eu: october 20, 2013[12]
    • au: 2017
    rvl-001
    • na: october 2011
    • eu: november 2011
    • au: november 2011
    • jp: october 20, 2013
    rvl-101
    • eu: october 20, 2013[12]
    • na: 2013
    • au: 2017
    rvl-201 (wii mini)
    • ww: 2017
    units soldworldwide: 101.63 million (as of september 30, 2019) (details)
    media
    operating systemwii system software
    cpu729 mhz ibm powerpc "broadway"[13]
    memory88 mb (total), 24 mb mosys 1t-sram, 324 mhz, 2.7 gb/s bandwidth
    storage512 mb internal flash memory
    removable storagesd/sdhc card
    gamecube memory card (first model only)
    display
    graphics243 mhz ati "hollywood"[13]
    controller inputwii remote (plus)
    wii balance board
    gamecube controller (first model only)
    nintendo ds[14]
    connectivitywi-fi ieee 802.11 b/g
    bluetooth
    2 × usb 2.0[15]
    lan adapter (via usb 2.0)[16]
    online servicesnintendo wi-fi connection (closed may 20, 2014),[17][18]
    wiiconnect24 (closed june 27, 2013)[19][20]
    wii shop channel (closed january 30, 2019)[21]
    best-selling gamewii sports (pack-in, except in japan and south korea) 82.88 million (as of september 30, 2019)[22]
    mario kart wii, 37.20 million (as of september 30, 2019)[23]
    backward
    compatibility
    gamecube (first model only)
    predecessorgamecube
    successorwii u

    the wii (/ wee; known unofficially as the nintendo wii) is a home video game console released by nintendo on november 19, 2006. as a seventh-generation console, the wii competed with microsoft's xbox 360 and sony's playstation 3. nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of the two others.[24] as of the first quarter of 2016, the wii led its generation over the playstation 3 and xbox 360 in worldwide sales,[25] with more than 101 million units sold; in december 2009, the console broke the sales record for a single month in the united states.[26]

    the wii introduced the wii remote controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and which detects movement in three dimensions. the console runs games supplied on wii optical discs. it also supported the now discontinued wiiconnect24 service, which enabled wii to receive messages and updates over the internet while in standby mode.[27] like other seventh-generation consoles it supported a service, called "virtual console", that downloaded emulated games from past nintendo consoles, support for online video streaming such as bbc iplayer, and other services provided by nintendo over the internet. from june 28, 2013, internet services were gradually discontinued; since january 31, 2019, only re-download of games, system software update, and transfer of data between wii and wii u continued to be available, to be withdrawn at an unspecified future date. wii points could no longer be purchased after march 2018, and could not be used and were permanently lost from january 31, 2019.[28]

    the wii succeeded the gamecube; early models are fully backward-compatible with all gamecube games and most accessories. nintendo first spoke of the console at the e3 2004 press conference and later unveiled it at e3 2005. nintendo ceo satoru iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the september 2005 tokyo game show.[29] at e3 2006, the console won the first of several awards.[30] by december 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in the four key markets.

    later models are no longer compatible with nintendo gamecube. nintendo released a revised unit in 2011 in europe, australia, and north america. the wii mini, nintendo's first major console redesign since the new-style super nes, was released first in canada on december 7, 2012. the wii mini can only play wii optical discs, as it has neither gamecube compatibility nor any networking capabilities; this model was not released in japan, australia, or new zealand. the wii's successor, the wii u, was released on november 18, 2012. on october 20, 2013, nintendo confirmed it had discontinued production of the wii in japan and europe.[10][11][12]

    on january 27, 2020, nintendo published a notice on their website that they will no longer accept repairs for the nintendo wii console model number [rvl-001], inside japan, effective on march 31, 2020 or earlier if they run out of stock. this is due to the difficulty of obtaining the necessary parts for repair.[31][32]

  • history
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  • software
  • hardware
  • features
  • reception
  • legal issues
  • other models
  • successor
  • references
  • external links

Wii
Wii logo
Wii-console.jpg
Wii-Mini-Console-Set-H.jpg
Top image: Wii (RVL-001) with Wii Remote
Bottom image: Wii Mini (RVL-201)
Also known asRevolution (code name)
DeveloperNintendo
ManufacturerFoxconn
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
Lifespan2006–2011 (RVL-001)
2011–2013 (RVL-101)
2012–2017 (RVL-201)
Introductory price
(details)
DiscontinuedWii (Total)
RVL-001
  • NA: October 2011
  • EU: November 2011
  • AU: November 2011
  • JP: October 20, 2013
RVL-101
RVL-201 (Wii Mini)
  • WW: 2017
Units soldWorldwide: 101.63 million (as of September 30, 2019) (details)
Media
Operating systemWii system software
CPU729 MHz IBM PowerPC "Broadway"[13]
Memory88 MB (total), 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM, 324 MHz, 2.7 GB/s bandwidth
Storage512 MB Internal flash memory
Removable storageSD/SDHC card
GameCube Memory Card (first model only)
Display
Graphics243 MHz ATI "Hollywood"[13]
Controller inputWii Remote (Plus)
Wii Balance Board
GameCube controller (first model only)
Nintendo DS[14]
ConnectivityWi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth
2 × USB 2.0[15]
LAN Adapter (via USB 2.0)[16]
Online servicesNintendo Wi-Fi Connection (closed May 20, 2014),[17][18]
WiiConnect24 (closed June 27, 2013)[19][20]
Wii Shop Channel (closed January 30, 2019)[21]
Best-selling gameWii Sports (pack-in, except in Japan and South Korea) 82.88 million (as of September 30, 2019)[22]
Mario Kart Wii, 37.20 million (as of September 30, 2019)[23]
Backward
compatibility
GameCube (first model only)
PredecessorGameCube
SuccessorWii U

The Wii (/ WEE; known unofficially as the Nintendo Wii) is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii competed with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of the two others.[24] As of the first quarter of 2016, the Wii led its generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales,[25] with more than 101 million units sold; in December 2009, the console broke the sales record for a single month in the United States.[26]

The Wii introduced the Wii Remote controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and which detects movement in three dimensions. The console runs games supplied on Wii optical discs. It also supported the now discontinued WiiConnect24 service, which enabled Wii to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.[27] Like other seventh-generation consoles it supported a service, called "Virtual Console", that downloaded emulated games from past Nintendo consoles, support for online video streaming such as BBC iPlayer, and other services provided by Nintendo over the Internet. From June 28, 2013, Internet services were gradually discontinued; since January 31, 2019, only re-download of games, system software update, and transfer of data between Wii and Wii U continued to be available, to be withdrawn at an unspecified future date. Wii Points could no longer be purchased after March 2018, and could not be used and were permanently lost from January 31, 2019.[28]

The Wii succeeded the GameCube; early models are fully backward-compatible with all GameCube games and most accessories. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the E3 2004 press conference and later unveiled it at E3 2005. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show.[29] At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards.[30] By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in the four key markets.

Later models are no longer compatible with Nintendo GameCube. Nintendo released a revised unit in 2011 in Europe, Australia, and North America. The Wii Mini, Nintendo's first major console redesign since the New-Style Super NES, was released first in Canada on December 7, 2012. The Wii Mini can only play Wii optical discs, as it has neither GameCube compatibility nor any networking capabilities; this model was not released in Japan, Australia, or New Zealand. The Wii's successor, the Wii U, was released on November 18, 2012. On October 20, 2013, Nintendo confirmed it had discontinued production of the Wii in Japan and Europe.[10][11][12]

On January 27, 2020, Nintendo published a notice on their website that they will no longer accept repairs for the Nintendo Wii console model number [RVL-001], inside Japan, effective on March 31, 2020 or earlier if they run out of stock. This is due to the difficulty of obtaining the necessary parts for repair.[31][32]