The Wii (codenamed Revolution), is a home gaming console manufactured by Nintendo and initially released in November 2006. It was the successor to the Nintendo GameCube and its successor was the Wii U. It competed with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during its lifetime. It was the console that sold the most systems in the seventh generation of video game consoles unlike its successor. The original Wii and Wii Family Edition were discontinued on October 21, 2013, while the Wii Mini was discontinued on November 13, 2017.
Why It Rocks
- It introduced motion controls without a camera accessory. When given to developers who know what they're doing, motion controls greatly enhance gameplay without substituting standard controls.
- Very unique controller that's still easy to use.
- You can also use the controller sideways or with the Nunchuk accessory.
- Despite its weaker hardware compared to its competitors, it was capable of running great looking games like Super Mario Galaxy, Sonic Colors, and De Blob.
- Huge game library, (over 1500 games) which includes masterpieces such as
- Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Party
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Both Super Mario Galaxy games
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Mario Kart Wii
- Super Paper Mario
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Wario Land: Shake It!
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves
- Rhythm Heaven Fever
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
- Excite Truck and Excitebots: Trick Racing
- Mario Party 8
- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- The library includes some great third-party games such as:
- The original model is completely backwards compatible with Nintendo GameCube games and controllers because they have similar hardware.
- Many Wii games are compatible with the GameCube controllers. However, the Wii Family Edition and Wii Mini are missing GameCube controller ports.
- Some games can connect with the Nintendo DS to unlock additional features.
- The system supports both Wireless Internet Connection and Bluetooth.
- It introduced Virtual Console, an iTunes like store where gamers can buy games from older consoles, such as the NES, SNES, N64, and so on, without buying physical copies for them, meaning it can run games from every Nintendo console up to that point. This concept is also carried over to the 3DS and Wii U.
- The Wii Mini costs only $100 and it comes with a Wii Motion Plus remote and a Nunchuk plus a copy of Mario Kart Wii making the Wii Mini a not-so-bad deal and this can be nice for video game collectors.
- The Classic Controller accessory allows you to play the Wii without motion controls and improves compatibility with Virtual Console games.
- Every new console came bundled with Wii Sports, which outsold Super Mario Bros. as the most sold single-platform game.
- You can install The Homebrew Channel, which allows you to play classic games and back-up games. To see how to do so, click here.
- The first Nintendo console with Miis, chibi-like custom avatars that can be used in the Wii series of games.
- The Wii is the cheapest Nintendo console you can buy used, with many sites listing it for around US $25.00.
- If you have homebrew, you can download WiiWare and Virtual Console WAD files onto your Wii and play them as if you bought them on the Wii Shop Channel. Use this link here to do so: https://archive.org/download/WiiWareCollectionByGhostware
- Its focus on motion control and lower hardware specs compared to its competitors made it an easy target for shovelware developers like Data Design Interactive and Destination Software. Some people also didn't like the use of motion controls (probably because some games like Mario Party 8 and many launch titles like the Sonic Storybook series relied WAY too much on motion controls).
- The wrist straps on the Wii Remotes were poorly made that if you didn't tighten it, the Wii Remote could fly out of your wrist and possibly break your TV! The Wii Remote Jacket is specifically included in the box and designed to prevent this.
- Due to its weaker hardware, the Wii often got inferior ports of third-party games. More often than not, games would be ported directly from the PlayStation 2 rather than the Xbox 360 or PS3. Third-party developers often had a hard time making motion controls work too.
- The Wii does not support title updates, meaning that developers cannot fix bugs or add/remove/modify features to a game post-release.
- Doesn't play DVDs by default due to support being cut during development, music CDs or Blu-ray discs (even though Blu-ray was introduced in 2006). If you want to play DVDs on the Wii, you have to use The Homebrew Channel and then use MPlayer CE or WiiMC.
- The Classic Controller must be plugged into a Wii Remote instead of plugging the controller into the console's USB or GameCube ports. So you must have a Wii Remote at all times and keep it sufficiently charged for a long time.
- Along with that the Wii cannot support High-Definition graphics so it doesn't have a HDMI port meaning the games can only be played in 480p instead of 720p or 1080p, unless you mod the console or get an adapter, such as Wii2HDMI.
- The Family Edition (or the RVL-101 model) lacks GameCube compatibility (for cost reasons), unless you screw on the GameCube ports and memory card slots tightly.
- The Mini (or the RVL-201 model) also lacks GameCube compatibility. In addition, it also lacks internet connectivity, an SD card slot, and only has Composite video outputs, meaning that the resolution will be a lot lower.
- Even the Korean version of the Wii lacked GameCube compatibility, despite the GameCube being released in South Korea.
- The Wii does not have an Ethernet port, so in order to connect your Ethernet cable to your Wii, you will have to cough up money on a USB adapter.
- WiiWare is a service that allows Wii users to download games and applications specifically designed and developed for the Wii video game console, but Nintendo limited the size to 40 MB for each video game, that made it difficult for developers to port games that can handle the Wii's hardware and as a result: games would often be inferior to their other ports and some WiiWare games were forced to be canceled because of this.
- The Get Connected Video that comes with the Wii when you first set it up (Update 4.0) takes up 1187 blocks of storage!
- Downloadable games are bought for the console, rather than for an account, meaning that if the console broke, you would need to buy all the games again. Luckily, emulators for the Wii exist for homebrews. Examples are FCE Ultra GX, Frodo, Snes9x GX, Wii64, Hugo-Wii, Genesis Plus GX, SDL MAME Wii, GxGeo, blueMSX-Wii, and WADs are downloadable too using homebrew. The Wii U fixed this issue.
- Most of its services have been discontinued due to the console being discontinued a long time ago. As a result, about half of the starting channels don't function anymore.
- Nintendo discontinued the Wii Shop Channel in January 2019 so you can no longer buy WiiWare and Virtual Console games. However, the Wii U Transfer Tool channel and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Save Data Update Channel are still available if the user wants to transport data to the Wii U or if you think of playing Zelda again.
- The Wii versions of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu all went offline with the Wii Shop Channel so shows and movies are no longer viewable through them.
- The Wii's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection along with the Nintendo DS's has been discontinued in 2014 due to the shutdown of multiplayer services from GameSpy, so online play on Wii and DS games no longer work without homebrew.
- Forecast Channel, News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, Wii Speak Channel, & more can be restored with RiiConnect24 and Wiimmfi.
- Japanese Exclusive Channels like Wii No Ma and Damae, on the other hand, are more complex to restore with WiiLink24 and following the instructions wrong can crash your Wii.
- If the Wii is left on too long, even if you are playing on it, the console will automatically turn off. If this happens, all of your progress will be lost.
- Make sure you play at a proper distance and well lined up with the Wii's sensor bar to improve the motion control features. The results will still vary depending on the game, however.
- Treat your Nunchuk and Wiimote carefully so their connectors won't get damaged.
- If you're not careful, or if you're not wearing the wrist strap, your Wii Remote could accidentally fly off your hand and break something. Hold the Wiimote and Nunchuk tightly.
- The hardware is very sensitive, an example is when SWEGTA'S RVT-H Wii got bricked because he pressed the home menu as the game crashed during the intro cutscene of Bait on a beta build of Bully: Scholarship Edition, and trying to go to the Home Menu during the cutscene as the game crashed actually BROKE the bluetooth module. As the module is required to boot the system, the console refuses to boot until it is repaired. It is recommended that you do not switch to the Home Menu or power off the console while in a channel or game unless it has frozen or crashed.
- The Wii Remote and Nunchuk buttons can stick over time. To fix this problem, follow the steps below.
- You need an unused toothbrush (one that has been opened from its package but not used) and hot tap water. (60-70 degrees F) Do not use boiling water, soap, or detergent, as they can damage the Wiimote and Nunchuk even more.
- Dip the toothbrush into the water and shake off any excess amounts. Carefully scrub the bristles into the cracks of all the buttons, moving the brush in a back and forth motion, getting every nook and cranny.
- After all of the buttons have been scrubbed, let air dry for at least 2 hours.
- Test the buttons and repeat the procedure if it is necessary.
- If they still do not work after trying, contact Nintendo for assistance.
Despite getting strong criticism over its weaker hardware compared to competitors and focus on motion controls, the Wii was very well received as it appealed to more than just hardcore gamers, and because of that it actually outsold both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with 101.63 million units sold, thus making it the best-selling Nintendo home console to date.
- The Nunchuk bears a striking resemblance to the Nintendo 64 controller's analog stick handle.
- The original Classic Controller is almost identical to the SNES controller.
- While the Family Edition lacks GameCube ports, the console mold still has cutouts for the GameCube controller ports and memory card slots, but the lid is sealed shut. This isn't true for the Mini.