Wii Hardware

Wii

Nintendo's fifth home console was unveiled at E3 2005 and released in the U.S. in November 2006, with Japanese and European releases following in December. The system shunned a powerful graphics processor in favour of motion controls, a risk that ultimately paid off with the system breaking sales records worldwide.

The Wii uses the serial code RVL (Revolution) for its hardware.

Wii

Wii

The Wii can be laid flat or stood vertically in the Wii Console Stand, and is Nintendo's smallest home console to date. The Wii features a "Channels" menu, including news and weather updates, the Wii Shop for downloading Virtual Console and WiiWare titles to the system's internal hard drive or onto an SD Card. Updates are received through Wii Connect 24, a service that allows the Wii to receive data even when it has been switched off.

The optical media drive accepts both Wii and GameCube games, and features a blue light that illuminates when new data is received through Wii Connect 24. When stood vertically, two hatches on the top can be opened to reveal ports for GameCube Controllers and Memory Cards.

Components

RVL-001Wii
RVL-002AC Adapter
RVL-009AV Cable
RVL-010S-Video (SVHS) Cable
RVL-011Component AV Cable
RVL-012D-Terminal AV Cable
RVL-013RGB SCART Cable
RVL-014Sensor Bar
RVL-016Sensor Bar Stand
RVL-017Wii Console Stand
RVL-019Wii Stand Plate

Wii Remote

Wii Remote

The Wii Remote is a motion sensing controller with 6 buttons and a + Directional Pad, as well as a Home button for returning to the Wii menu and a Power button that can be used to switch off the Wii. The base of the unit features a port for attachments, as well as a hook for attaching a wrist strap.

Each Wii Remote also features a built-in speaker and rumble functionality, allowing for multiple forms of feedback from games.

Components

RVL-003Wii Remote
RVL-018Wii Remote Wrist Strap
RVL-022Wii Remote Jacket

Nunchuk

Nunchuk

The Nunchuk attachment connects to the base of the Wii Remote, and is named after a Japanese weapon (two sticks connected by a chain or rope). It features two additional button inputs, an analogue control stick and three-axis accelerometer for basic motion control.

Components

RVL-004Nunchuk

Classic Controller

Wii Classic Controller

The Classic Controller is a standard-style control pad that connects to the Wii Remote. It features 6 face buttons, 4 shoulder buttons, 2 analogue sticks and a + Directional Pad, as well as a Home button. The Classic Controller is predominantly used to play classic games downloaded for the Wii Virtual Console.

A Classic Controller Pro was released, more closely resembling a GameCube controller, and a special Super Famicom / SNES Classic Controller was released exclusively through the Club Nintendo programme, being an exact copy of the SNES Controller.

Components

RVL-005Classic Controller

Wii Balance Board

Wii Balance Board

A balance board shaped like a set of scales, and containing four pressure sensors that are used to determine the user's center of balance and weight. The Balance Board was launched with Wii Fit and became one of the most popular accessories for the Wii.

Compatible Games

Components

RVL-021Wii Balance Board
RVL-025Wii Balance Board Feet

Wii Zapper

Wii Zapper

A plastic gun-shaped shell for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The Wii Zapper was designed to improve accuracy and comfort while playing shooting games, as Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto noted, it can be hard to keep a steady hand for long periods of time with just the Remote.

Compatible Games

Components

RVL-023Wii Zapper

Wii Wheel

Wii Wheel

A plastic steering wheel-shaped shell for the Wii Remote, designed for driving games. The Wheel features spaces in its design for pointer functionality and access to the B Trigger button and wrist strap hook.

Compatible Games

Components

RVL-024Wii Wheel

WiiMotion Plus

WiiMotion Plus

Released alongside Wii Sports Resort, the WiiMotion Plus is an expansion device for the Wii Remote that adds a tuning fork gyroscope motion sensor to the abilities of the Wii Remote, allowing for more 1:1 accuracy when playing games. The device has been superceded by the Wii Remote Plus.

Compatible Games

Components

RVL-026WiiMotion Plus
RVL-027WiiMotion Plus Jacket

Wii Remote Plus

Wii Remote Plus

The Wii Remote Plus is a combined remote unit featuring the functionality of the Wii Remote and the abilities of the WiiMotion Plus. The Wii Remote Plus is the same size and design as the original Wii Remote.

Components

RVL-036Wii Remote Plus

Wii Speak

Wii Speak

A microphone accessory that connects to the Wii's USB port. The Wii Speak is supposed to be placed near the TV so everybody in the room is able to communicate with other Wii owners through the internet. It can either be used with compatible games or using the dedicated Wii Speak Channel.

Compatible Games

Components

RVL-029Wii Speak

Wii LAN Adapter

Wii LAN Adapter

An adapter for connecting the Wii to a wired access point if a wireless internet connection is not available. It connects to the Wii's USB port.

Components

RVL-015Wii LAN Adapter

SD Memory Card

RVL-020SD Memory Card 512MB
RVL-033SD Memory Card 2GB

Game Disc

RVL-006Game Disc

Cleaning

RVL-030Wii Lens Cleaning Disk
RVL-031Wii Lens Cleaning Fluid
RVL-032Wii Lens Cleaning Pad
RVL-034Cleaning Cloth