Nintendo Wii

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The key feature of the Wii console is its wireless controler, the Wii Remote, which may be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in Three-dimensional space. The console also notably features WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while consuming very little electrical power.

Nintendo first mentioned the console in the 2004 E3 press conference, and at the 2005 E3, unveiled the system under the code name Revolution. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's President, revealed a prototype of the system's game controller at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show during his keynote speech in September 2005. At E3 2006, Wii won the Game Critics Awards for Best of Show and Best Hardware. The console is set to be released on November 19 2006 in North America, Peru, and Colombia, December 2 2006 in Japan, December 7 2006 in Australasia and Italy, December 8 2006 in Europe and December 9 2006 in Spain.

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Launch

Release prices

Release Prices*
Region Expected pricing at release Accessories
Release Price US$ Wii Remote Nunchuk Classic Controller
United States US$ 249.99 $249.99 $39.99 $19.99 $19.99
Canada $279.95 $250 $44.99 $24.99 $24.99
Mexico $4,499 $420 - - -
Japan JP¥25,000 $215 ¥3,800 ¥1,800 ¥1,800
Italy €259 $329 €39.99 €19.99 €19.99
Eurozone €249 $325 €39.99 €19.99 €19.99
United Kingdom GB £179 $340 £29.99 £14.99 £14.99

* Wii Sports comes packaged with the console in all regions excluding Japan.

Hardware

The Wii console is Nintendo's smallest home unit yet; measuring 44 mm wide, 157 mm tall, and 215.4 mm deep in the vertical orientation without the included stand (which itself measures 55.4 mm wide, 44 mm tall, and 225.6 mm deep).It is approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together (approx. 4.5 cm x 15 cm x 20 cm). The console can be stood either horizontally or vertically. The front of the console features a slot-loading media drive illuminated by a blue light and accepts both 12cm optical discs for Wii software and 8cm Nintendo GameCube Game Discs from Nintendo's prior console, the GameCube. When a disc is inserted, the light illuminating the disc port turns off. When there is no disc the light turns on, allowing the player to load discs in the dark. The ability to load differently sized discs is uncommon in slot-loading media drives, which typically only accept discs of a single size. Two USB ports (at the rear) and one SD card slot (behind a flap cover at the front of the console) are provided.

The Wii Remote

Nintendo has shown the console and the Wii Remote in various colors, including white, black, silver, lime green, and red. The Wii Remote is a one-handed controller that uses a combination of accelerometers and infrared detection (in conjunction with the sensor bar) to sense its position in 3D space. This allows users to control the game using physical gestures as well as traditional button presses. The controller connects to the Wii console using Bluetooth, and features force feedback, 4KB non-volatile memory and an internal speaker. The controller can connect to other devices through a proprietary port at the base of the controller. Perhaps the most important of these is the Nunchuk unit, which features an accelerometer and a traditional analog stick with two trigger buttons.

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