Nintendo's video game console known as Wii (pronounced "we") is one of three systems (others include Sony's PLAYSTATION 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360) released into the seventh generation era of gaming consoles.

Wii is solely distinguished by it's motion sensitivity and unique controller, Wii Remote, that took the shape of a television remote. Nintendo markets these features as the true path of revolutionizing video games although they have yet to deliver a game that effectively uses Wii's unique controls. The addition of motion-sensitivity has already been linked to worsening many released games.
i.e. wii.ign.com/articles/748/748762p1.html

Due to Nintendo's investment into the Wii Remote and its motion-sensitivity, they have also gambled with Wii's fate. A video game consoles features can only go so far with first-party (Nintendo) support, which will inevitably happen. The real question is whether third-party (non-Nintendo) publishers will risk developing games specifically for the Wii and not other systems in order to ensure the Wii Remote operates positively. Convincing third-party publishers not to maximize profits by developing a multi-platform game but rather only around the Wii and it's motion-sensitivity is Nintendo's true obstacle. By no means will this necessarily work out for the better of Wii. If this does not happen, Nintendo's investment for the Wii will 180 into a featureless system since they have sacrificed system power for a cheaper system packaged with "different controls".

Please note that Nintendo has attempted and failed here in years past. R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), Power Glove, Super Scope 6 and the Virtual Boy were all flops with the same selling points as the Wii and its Television Remote.

One immediate disadvantage for the Nintendo Wii is its video game line up. As of this definition posting there are a very small amount of games lined up for release on Wii. Of this small amount half are "virtual console" games. Virtual Console games are old 8 and 16 bit era games you can download to your Wii for the same price you can go to Goodwill and pick up an old console and box of cartridges. This is if you don't already own the cartridges or the entire 8 & 16 bit era of video games downloaded for free via roms and emulators.

In most recent news lawsuits over physical damage to property and users of Wii have exploded all over North America within weeks of the systems launch. Even a lawsuit over the controllers design has sprung up. It may prove Nintendo focused too much time into marketing that they couldn't even realize how easy it is to be sued in the United States.

Nintendo continues to appeal to young children and those that once were young NES/SNES gamers that grew up but missed out on developing necessary adult skills.
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Thinking in short term you may want the Wii after seeing its price tag. $250 may be misleading and in long term ultimately a waste. An investment elsewhere is advisable.
by BillyShears December 20, 2006
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"Wii" is the release name of the console codenamed Revolution by Nintendo Corporation due to be released in 2006.

It is pronounced similar to "we".
I'm going to play with my Wii.
by Dude, where's my bagel? April 27, 2006
A mythical video game console where if you can buy it for $250, you can sell it for $400.
The Walmart was only 5 minutes away. When I called, they told me they had one Wii in stock, but couldn't hold it for me. I rushed over, but by the time I got there they had already sold it.
by Alfie the Horndog February 08, 2008
The 5th generation of Nintendo's video game consoles. Previously known by the code-name "Revolution".

The Nintendo Wii is taking a different direction to other consoles, instead of concentrating on the latest and greatest in graphical tech the Wii is boasting a revolutionary new controller and gameplay style.
Nintendo's press release about the name change from the code-name "Revolution" to the official name "Wii":

"Introducing ... Wii. As in "we." While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games ... and each other. But you're probably asking: What does the name mean?"

"Wii sounds like 'we,' which emphasizes this console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii."

"Wii has a distinctive "ii" spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play. And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd."

"So that's Wii. But now Nintendo needs you. Because, it's really not about you or me. It's about Wii. And together, Wii will change everything."
by Nequam May 03, 2006
Something you can't find.
Clueless Shopper, "Where are you're Wii's."

Clerk begins to laugh
by Mr. Morgan December 09, 2007
Quite possibly the most bizarre name for a gaming console in the history of mankind.
Of course we have the Wii in stock! Urine Gamestop!
by Mark Harding April 27, 2006
The official name of Nintendo's fifth generation gaming console, successor to the Gamecube. Previously code-named the Revolution, it has been made to do just that: Revolutionize gaming. Utilizing innovative technology, including a motion-detecting controller, and boasting an enormous library of older games ranging from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the present and a backward-compatible virtual console to play them on, it is sure to do so. Its media drive accepts DVD-sized discs as well as 8 cm Gamecube discs. Information circulating recently suggests that the base will not only assist the Wii in maintaining its erect position (excuse the pun), but also act as a power source when being used abroad.

The controller, paired with sensors placed on either side of the television screen is capable of detecting movement in 3D space. In this way, many actions possible in the game can be simulated and controlled by the user. It is rumored to have various extensions, called "shells," to change the style of gameplay accordingly to a certain game. For example, as illustrated by IGN, a gun-shaped shell could adapt the controller for FPS-style play. They are to be attached at the base of the controller, where an expansion port is located. A nunchaku-style analog extension has been confirmed, which will serve as a means of traditional gameplay (i.e. Gamecube), though the GCN's controllers can be used as well.

Nintendo has also claimed to provide free Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) services for online gaming.

Specifications according to Wikipedia:

# Processors:

* IBM "Broadway" CPU
* ATI "Hollywood" GPU

# Memory:

* Unknown amount of RAM
* 512 MB built-in flash memory.12

# 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)

# Media:

* 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+

# Networking

* Wi-Fi by Broadcom

# Video:

* up to 480p13 and will work with a computer monitor as well as any TV or projector.

It is often unfairly yet understandably ridiculed for the unfortunate connotations its name holds in American culture, its controller design which could very well be mistaken as a television remote, as well as its inferior system specifications (does not support High Definition TV, is marginally superior to the Xbox) as contrasted with Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.

However, it is anticipated to be successful by fanboys, speculators, and developers alike with its daring interface and the games that will come as a result of it. Much more will be revealed about the system during E3 of 2006.

"Hey, wanna come over to my house and play with my Wii?"
"The power of Wii is in your hands."
"Together, Wii will revolutionize gaming."
"There are more ways to play with your Wii than you think"
"Wii want YOU"



Next-gen Super Smash Brothers will OWN
by RobDeBob May 06, 2006
a sweet system that video game companies make shitty video games for
The Wii is a genious system and the best selling system of the fifth generation. However, other companies either don't make their games for it, or water it down to the bear minimum.
by NintendoMan June 24, 2009

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