The Wii was the fifth major home console developed by Nintendo and the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. The main difference between the Wii and other Nintendo consoles is the wireless controller, known as the Wii Remote, which is used to connect the players movements and the character's movements together.
The Wii, being a seventh-generation console, competes with other seventh-generation consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Since the release of Wii, the system has outsold other consoles in this generation. Nintendo later produced an alternative colors, like red, black, and blue, between 2009 and 2011, and bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Also, the original Wii allowed backwards-compatibility with GameCube games and controllers, but the later revisions did not to save costs. The Wii was succeeded by the Wii U in late 2012, which offers full compatibility with Wii games and controllers.
At over 100 millions systems sold, the Wii is Nintendo's best-selling home console.
The Wii Remote, unofficially called the Wiimote, is the main controller used with the Wii. The Wii Remote is rectangular in shape and resembles a TV Remote. It contains eight buttons and a directional pad as well. Unlike previous console controllers, the Wii Remote includes a power button that has the ability to turn the console on without pressing the power button on the hardware.
The Wii Wheel is an accessory for the Wii designed for Mario Kart Wii. The Wii Wheel was not included with the Wii, but was included in the packaging of Mario Kart Wii. The Wii Wheel is used so that players can controller their racer with more ease and precision. A single Wii Wheel is sold with the game, and additional Wii Wheels must be purchases separately.
The Nunchuck is an add-on for the Wii Remote which is included in the original packaging. It features an analog stick, similar to controllers for other consoles. It has two buttons on the back, the Z and the C buttons.
Wii Family Edition (RVL-101)
This revision of the Wii (also called the RVL-101) was announced on August 17, 2011. This model is designed to only sit horizontally (with the buttons changed accordingly) and is incompatible with the Nintendo GameCube's software and its accessories, but is still sold alongside the original model and not a replacement. This model was released in North America on October 23, 2011, in Europe on November 4, 2011, and in Australia on November 11, 2011. The Wii Family Edition includes a black console, the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the Super Mario Galaxy: Original Soundtrack.
Wii Mini (RVL-201)
This revision of the Wii (also called the RVL-201) was announced on November 27, 2012. As its name suggests, the Wii Mini is the smallest model of the Wii. Like the Family Edition, it is not backwards compatibile with GameCube games and its accessories. In addition, it also does not have online features and several built-in channels, such as the Photo Channel and the Weather Channel, similar to the Wii Mode on the Wii U. It also can only sit horizontally. The main feature is its notable redesign. Unlike the original Wii or Family Edition which are mostly white, the Wii Mini is black with a red framing. All the buttons are located on the top of the console and it lacks online support for Wii games. Additionally, the Wii Mini has a manually operated top-loading disc drive (similar to that of the GameCube) instead of the slots that former models have. The console launched in Canada on December 7, 2012 for $99.99. It was then released in Europe on March 15, 2013 at a cost of at least $79.99. It was launched in UK on March 22, 2013 for $99.99. It was finally launched in North America on November 17, 2013, bundled with a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk for $99.99. The Wii Mini is the third home Nintendo console since the SNES and NES to receive a redesign right after its respective successors launched though the NES 101 model launched 2 years after the SNES launched. The N64 received no redesigns of any kind and the GameCube had a small revision which lacked the unused Serial Port 2 (though the cover still remains) and the unpopular Digital AV Out port.
Mario Games released on the Wii
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2007)
- Mario Party 8 (2007)
- Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007)
- Super Paper Mario (2007)
- Mario Kart Wii (2008)
- Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
- Mario Super Sluggers (2008)
- Wario Land: Shake It! (2008)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010, Wii/Nintendo 3DS)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
- Fortune Street (2011)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, Nintendo DS/Wii)
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, Nintendo DS/Wii)
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011, Wii/Nintendo 3DS)
- Mario Strikers Charged (2007)
- Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition (2010)
- Mario Power Tennis (2012)
- Mario Sports Mix (2010)
- Mario Party 9 (2012)
- Even after the Wii U and some models in the Nintendo 3DS family were discontinued in some parts of the world and the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite (the successor to the Switch and Wii U), Wii games are still being made.
- Nintendo (February 26, 2013). New Wii mini console launching on 22nd March. Nintendo UK. Retrieved March 4, 2020.