David Yarnton, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz about the new Nintendo WII name, and this is what David told to GamesIndustry.biz.
“I think there are a lot of words out there like that that are used for other brands, companies and things like that – words that have different connotations and so on,” he said. “I really think that if we get out of the gutter and the juvenile side of things, it’s just a word. It’s Wii. Actually, it’s not even a word, because it’s something that we’ve created from zero.”
Nintendo Wii console Image
The new Nintendo Wii is the smallest stationary console Nintendo has ever manufactured, described by Nintendo as being “about the thickness of three standard DVD cases and only slightly longer”. The console will have the ability to stand either horizontally or vertically. The front of the console features a self loading media drive which is illuminated by a blue light and will accept 12 cm Wii game discs and 8 cm GameCube game discs.
When the Wii (revolution in that time) console was unveiled at E3 2005 the console was colored black. However, at the Tokyo Game Show 2005 when the controller was revealed, promotional material depicted a white console. Nintendo has since revealed three additional colors (platinum, lime green, and red).
The Wii controller sets aside the traditional controller seen in other mainstream consoles in an attempt to appeal to a larger audience. The controller is shaped like a television remote control and is held with one hand. Due to its symmetrical nature, the Wii’s controller is able to be used by either hand, unlike other controllers. The controller can also be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise and used like the NES controller.
he controller is also able to sense motion; a sensor placed near the television allows the computer to sense the controller’s position in three-dimensional space. Other sensors in the controller itself allow it to sense its tilt and yaw. This allows players to mimic actual game actions, such as swinging a sword or using a flashlight, instead of simply pushing buttons. An early marketing video showed actors miming such actions as fishing, cooking, drumming, conducting an orchestra, shooting a gun, sword fighting, performing dental surgery, and what seems to be, a game of Super Mario Bros. with one handed play.
The controller also features an expansion port at the bottom which will allow various attachments to be added to the controller. Nintendo has revealed one of these attachments to be a unit which features an analog stick and 2 trigger buttons. It will connect to the main Wii controller via a short cord, and its appearance while connected to the main controller has led it to become dubbed “The Nunchaku”. Nintendo has stated the aforementioned “Nunchaku” add-on may be bundled with the Wii console.
Nintendo has also announced a controller “shell” which will resemble a traditional game controller called the “Classic-Style Expansion Controller”. The Wii “remote” will fit inside this shell which will allow gamers to play games using a traditional controller while retaining the “remote”‘s motion sensitivity. According to Satoru Iwata, it is meant for playing “the existing games, virtual console games, and multi-platform games”.
Despite the controller’s similarity to lightguns which are only compatible with standard-definition cathode ray tube televisions, Nintendo has stated the Wii and its controller will be compatible with all televisions including digital projectors.
The Nintendo Wii will feature parental controls, prohibiting young viewers from viewing inappropriate content. This allows parents to set the age level of the system, and when a disc is inserted, it will read the content rating encoded on the game discs; if this rating is greater than the system’s age level setting, the game will not load unless the user correctly enters a password to override the setting.
For instance, a game carrying an ESRB rating of M for Mature, which is intended for those over the age of 17, will not play on a system that is set to only allow games rated E for Everyone (six and older) and EC for Early Childhood (three and under).
This will be found in all systems released around the world; it is confirmed that the European units will use the PEGI rating system, North American units will use the ESRB rating system, units for the Japanese market will presumably use the CERO rating system, German units will use the USK system, and Australian units will use the OFLC system.
One of the most anticipated features of Wii is its game download service, dubbed the “Virtual Console.” .
Using this Virtual Console service, users will have the ability to download and play many or all Nintendo-produced NES/Famicom, SNES/Super Famicom, and N64 games for a small fee.
More notably, some games may offer free retro downloads as a bonus for the purchase. Nintendo has also announced that games developed for the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx 16 consoles will be offered via the Virtual Console download service.
While the gameplay will be the same for all of the retro titles offered via the Virtual Console, Nintendo has stated that some of the games may be improved with sharper graphics or better framerates. In addition, gamers may be able to download games that were not originally released in their region, and some multiplayer games may be playable online, if it is technically possible.The Virtual Console service will not be used exclusively for retro games, however. Nintendo has stated that they are interested in using the service to distribute new, original content.
According to a Japanese press release, “all downloaded games will be stored on the 512 [MB] flash memory built into the system”. To prevent illegal copying, downloaded games will feature a proprietary DRM system
- IBM “Broadway” CPU
- ATI “Hollywood” GPU
- Unknown amount of RAM
- 512 MB built-in flash memory.
Ports and Peripherals:
- Two USB 2.0 ports.
- Support for wireless controllers.
- 4 Nintendo GameCube controller ports and 2 Nintendo GameCube memory card ports (for backward compatibility).
- Optional USB PC-compatible 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless attachment. (see Connectivity)
- Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with both 12 cm Wii optical discs and 8.0 cm GameCube optical discs (1.5 GB) as well as standard DVD discs.
- 2 Front-loading SD memory card slots.
Built-in content ratings system:
- PEGI 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, 18+
- ESRB EC, E, E10+, T, M, and AO.
- CERO All Ages, 12+, 15+ 18+.
- OFLC G, PG, M, MA15+
- Wi-Fi by Broadcom
- up to 480p and will work with a computer monitor as well as any TV or projector.
Nintendo has announced that IBM has finished developing the CPU, codenamed “Broadway”. IBM had previously developed the processor for Nintendo’s current system, the GameCube. Nintendo has also announced that Canadian graphics card maker ATI Technologies is developing the GPU, codenamed “Hollywood”, for Wii. In an interview ATI’s Public Relations Manager for Consumer Products, John Swinimer, confirmed that “Hollywood” has not been developed from PC architecture but developed specifically for the Wii ‘from the ground up’.
Wii Connectivity Specs
The Nintendo Wii will have built-in Wi-Fi , allowing games be played online via a wireless hotspot or router.Nintendo has also provided a device that may be able to connect the Wii Console online via a Windows XP computer, and a USB port, as well as a Broadband connection, rather than buying a Wifi router
Nintendo announced that the consoles will be able to connect to one another wirelessly for LAN applications. Along with this comes the ability to use “Download Play.” Currently featured in Nintendo’s DS , this allows for multiplayer network games to be played across multiple systems with only one copy of the game being played loaded into a participating system.
It has also been suggested that the Nintendo Wii will feature connectivity between the system and the Nintendo DS.
The era of the Nintendo Revolution is now Over, A new Era for Nintendo has started and is named Nintendo WII, official video
Wii (sounds like We), is Nintendo’s fifth home video game console and the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. Until its official name was announced on April 27, 2006, it was previously known by the codename Nintendo Revolution.
The to letter i represents the new controllers for this console .
Wii in the Official Name for the next-gen nintendo console, the name has taken everybody by surprise some poeple likes it, some not, but it is still the same console.