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NINTENDO Wii – CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

By • Apr 15th, 2009 • Category: ! Product News, Entertainment



NINTENDO Wii - CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3


The Wii, pronounced as the English pronoun ‘ we’ , is a home video game console released by Nintendo. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii primarily competes with
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of both. As of December 31, 2008 the Wii leads  the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales. A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.

The Wii is Nintendo‘s fifth home console, the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube, and able to play all official GameCube games.  The Wii is Nintendo’s smallest home console to date; it measures 44 mm (1.73 in) wide, 157 mm (6.18 in) tall and 215.4 mm (8.48 in) deep in its vertical orientation, the near-equivalent of three DVD cases stacked together. The included stand measures 55.4 mm (2.18 in) wide, 44 mm (1.73 in) tall and 225.6 mm (8.88 in) deep. The system weighs 1.2 kg (2.7 lb),[72] which makes it the lightest of the three major seventh generation consoles. The console can be placed either horizontally or vertically. The prefix for the numbering scheme of the system and its parts and accessories is “RVL-” after its project code name of “Revolution”.The console also features a recurring theme or design: the console itself, SD cards, the power supply and all the sockets have one of their corners chipped off in a triangular fashion.

The front of the console features an illuminated slot-loading optical media drive that accepts both 12 cm Wii Optical Discs and Nintendo GameCube Game Discs.
The blue light in the disc slot illuminates briefly when the console is turned on and pulsates when new data is received through WiiConnect24. After firmware update 3.0,
the disc slot light activates whenever a Wii disc is inserted or ejected. When there is no WiiConnect24 information, the light stays off. The disc slot light remains off
during gameplay or when using other features. Two USB ports are located at its rear. An SD card slot hides behind the cover on the front of the console. The SD card can be used for uploading photos as well as backing up saved game data and downloaded Virtual Console and Wii Ware games. To use the SD slot for transferring game saves, an update must be installed. An installation can be initiated from the Wii options menu through an Internet connection, or by inserting a game disc containing the updated firmware. Virtual Console data cannot be restored to any system except the unit of origin. An SD card can also be used to create customized in-game music from stored MP3 files, as first shown in Excite Truck, as well as music for the slideshow feature of the Photo Channel. Version 1.1 of the Photo Channel removed MP3 playback in favor of AAC support.

NINTENDO Wii - CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

Nintendo has shown the console and the Wii Remote in white, black, silver, lime green, and red, but it is currently available only in white. Shigeru Miyamoto stated that other
colors would become available after the easing of supply limitations. The Wii launch package includes the console, a stand to allow the console to be placed vertically, a circular clear stabilizer for the main stand, one Wii Remote, one Nunchuk attachment, one Sensor Bar, a removable stand for the bar, one external main power adapter, two AA batteries, one composite AV cable with RCA connectors, a SCART adapter in European countries (component video and other types of cables are available separately), operation documentation, and, in all regions except Japan and South Korea, a copy of the game Wii Sports.

NINTENDO Wii - CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

The Wii can be hacked to enable an owner to use the console for activities other than those intended by Nintendo. Several brands of modchips are available for the Wii. Nintendo plans to release a version of the console with DVD-Video playback capabilities. This new model will use the CinePlayer CE DVD Navigator software engine by
Sonic Solutions.After announcing the DVD version for 2007, Nintendo delayed its release to focus on producing the original console to meet demand.Although software will
be used to enable DVD-Video functionality, Nintendo has stated that it “requires more than a firmware upgrade” to implement and that the functionality would be unavailable
as an upgrade option for the existing Wii model. Despite Nintendo’s assertion that a firmware update would be unable to provide DVD playback to existing Wii consoles,
a homebrew DVD player was released for the original Wii.

On July 11, 2007, Nintendo revealed the Wii Balance Board along with Wii Fit.It is a wireless balance board accessory for the Wii that contains multiple pressure sensors
used to measure the user’s center of balance. Namco Bandai produced a mat controller, a simpler less sophisticated competitor to the balance board, that connects to the
GameCube controller port.

NINTENDO Wii - CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

At the Nintendo Fall Press Conference in October 2008, Satoru Iwata announced that Wii owners would have the option to download Wii Ware and Virtual Console content directly onto an SD card. The option would offer an alternative to “address the console’s insufficient memory storage”. The announcement stated that it would be available in Japan in the spring of 2009. Nintendo made the update available on March 25, 2009. In addition to the previously announced functionalty, it lets the player load Virtual Console and WiiWare games directly from the SD card. The update allows the use of SDHC cards, increasing the limit on SD card size from 2 GB to 32 GB. The Wii Remote is the primary controller for the console. It uses a combination of built-in accelerometers and infrared detection to sense its position in 3D space when pointed
at the LEDs within the Sensor Bar. This design allows users to control the game using physical gestures as well as traditional button presses. The controller connects to
the console using Bluetooth and features rumble as well as an internal speaker. The Wii Remote can connect to expansion devices through a proprietary port at the base
of the controller. The device bundled with the Wii retail package is the Nunchuk unit, which features an accelerometer and a traditional analog stick with two trigger buttons.
In addition, an attachable wrist strap can be used to prevent the player from unintentionally dropping or throwing the Wii Remote. In response to initial incidents of strap
failure, Nintendo offers a free, stronger replacement for all straps.Nintendo has also since offered the Wii Remote Jacket to provide extra grip and protection.
The Wii MotionPlus was announced as a device that connects to the Wii Remote to supplement the accelerometer and Sensor Bar capabilities and enable actions to be rendered
identically on the screen in real time.

NINTENDO Wii SPECS

NINTENDO Wii - CONTENDER OF Xbox 360 AND PLAYSTATION 3

Processors:

* CPU: PowerPC-based “Broadway” processor, made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 729 MHz
* GPU: ATI “Hollywood” GPU made with a 90 nm CMOS process,[88] reportedly† clocked at 243 MHz

Memory:

* 88 MB main memory (24 MB “internal” 1T-SRAM integrated into graphics package, 64 MB “external” GDDR3 SDRAM)
* 3 MB embedded GPU texture memory and framebuffer.

Ports and peripheral capabilities:

* Up to four Wii Remote controllers (connected wirelessly via Bluetooth)
* Nintendo GameCube controller ports (4)
* Nintendo GameCube Memory Card slots (2)
* SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards as of System Menu 4.0)
* USB 2.0 ports (2)
* Sensor Bar power port
* Accessory port on bottom of Wii Remote
* Optional USB keyboard input in message board, Wii Shop Channel, and the Internet Channel (as of 3.0 and 3.1 firmware update)
* Mitsumi DWM-W004 WiFi 802.11b/g wireless module
* Compatible with optional USB 2.0 to Ethernet LAN adaptor
* MultiAV output port for component, composite and S-Video

Built-in content ratings systems:

* BBFC, CERO, ESRB, OFLC, OFLC (NZ), PEGI, USK

Storage:

* 512 MB built-in NAND flash memory
* Expanded storage via SD and SDHC card memory (up to 32 GB)
* Nintendo GameCube Memory Card (required for GameCube game saves)

IBM’s Wii “Broadway” CPU
ATI’s Wii “Hollywood” GPU

* Slot-loading disc drive compatible with 8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc and 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
* Mask ROM by Macronix

Video:

* 480p (PAL/NTSC), 480i (NTSC) or 576i (PAL/SECAM), standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
* MultiAV multi-output port for component, composite, S-video,[94] RGB SCART[95] and VGA

Audio:

* Main: Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
* Controller: Built-in speaker

Power consumption:

* 18 watts when switched on
* 9.6 watts in standby with WiiConnect24 standby connection
* 1.3 watts in standby

2008 Wii TOP 10 GAMES

1-Boom Blox

2-Bully: Scholarship Edition

3-De Blob

4-Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

5-Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

6-Mario Kart Wii

7-Okami

8-Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

9-Super Smash Bros. Brawl

10-Wii Music

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