Useful Tips

Wii: connect and use


How to connect WII to the Internet is a fairly simple, but no less important question. How to connect, and what it is advisable not to do - under the cut.

First, let's figure out the connection: are you going to use a Wi-Fi connection or through the Lan adapter. Since there is Wi-Fi in each console, we will analyze this method.

So, turn on WII and go into the settings (lower left corner is the inscription "WII")

After - go to Wii Settings (Key Icon)

On the second sheet of settings we find “Internet”, after which - Connection Settings and select Connection 1, then Wireless (if you plan to use WI-FI).

We continue to configure ... click Search for an Access Point - look for wi-fi networks, click OK and select a network, you can also a neighbor)))

We select, enter the password and click OK, after which - 3 times OK.

Testing the connection will begin, WII will be asked to update and a window will appear - click NO!

Then we exit the settings - everything, Wii is connected to the Internet.

Now the most important thing is that you can update, but you have to do softmod again! Firmware 4.2 and 4.3 are almost the same.

To use the Wii Shop Channel:

1. In the console settings (wii options-> wii settings-> Country-> United Kindom)

i.e. we change the country to United Kindom, since it is impossible to use the store in Russia.

3. To surf the Internet we use the Internet Channel

Wii Shop Channel has a free YouTube app

Also, after connecting to the Internet, you can play games on the network with the whole world! (Even when using non-licensed drives, starting from USB, etc.)


Mar 17, 2013 @ 18:47:14

Thanks for the guide, but my Wii Shop Channel asks me to update the System Menu to enter it. What to do?

Mar 17, 2013 @ 19:26:11

Mar 17, 2013 @ 22:47:11

Writes Error - 106, and since I have 4.3E, it seems to be already updated.

Mar 17, 2013 @ 23:20:07

no, even at 4.3 it will not be updated

Repin Artyom
Dec 20, 2013 @ 21:24:23

I entered everything, even registered ip, but it writes error 52130

Dec 20, 2013 @ 22:41:48

what are you connecting through? and what ip? Do you have a router?

Repin Artyom
Dec 21, 2013 @ 07:07:46

Wireless network, a router from Rostelecom. I registered everything, gateways, server dns, but no response. I read in the forums that the error is due to vpn. And the Nintendo site itself claims that either the password was entered incorrectly, or to register the server dns itself. but I entered everything correctly.

Dec 22, 2013 @ 19:27:47

an interesting problem if the router works fine, but on Wii we connect everything according to the instructions, and the settings of the router are another story.

Sep 19, 2017 @ 09:51:47

You wrote can be updated. But as I understand it, updating will lose the softmod?
Do I have 4.3E worth it to upgrade to 4.3U?

Sensor bar

The Sensor Bar provides signal reception from the Wii Remote, therefore, you need to correctly install the Sensor Bar near the TV,
You can place the Sensor Bar directly on top of the TV, or place it below, near the base of the TV. Keep the middle of the Sensor Bar in the middle of the TV screen. This is very important because the transceiver
The Sensor Bar is built-in immediately from two ends. The Sensor Bar itself can be put on the stand that comes with the kit. After you installed the Sensor Bar, you just need to connect the wire from it to the console. The corresponding connector with the same name is located on the rear of the console. After connecting the Sensor Bar to the Wii, you can safely proceed to connecting the console to the TV and the electric network, and in the future, you can adjust the touch panel again at any time.

Connecting the console

After connecting the Sensor Bar to the Wii, you can connect the console to the network and the TV. To connect the Wii to the TV, the composite cable from the kit is used. We combine one end of the cable with a suitable connector on the back of the set-top box, and connect the other end to the TV. Then in the same way we connect the power supply to the console and the electrical network. When the Wii is connected to the power network on the front panel of the set-top box, the POWER button should light up in red, which means that the set-top box is ready for its first power-up.

Wii first time

So, everything is ready for the first turn on, but before you press the POWER button on the set-top box body, remove the battery cover on the Wii Remote, and also open the memory card cover on the Wii front panel. As you remember, both there and there are two red SYNC buttons for synchronizing Wii and Wii Remote with each other. After that, we press the POWER button on the console box and wait for the first screen saver to appear on the screen.

This is a kind of warning screen saver that will appear every time you turn on the console. The splash screen says that you need to press the button with the letter A on the Wii Remote. At the first start, you will not be able to press the button, since the Wii is not yet familiar with your Wii Remote.

Therefore, click on the console and on the Wii Remote the same red buttons
with names SYNC. When you press one of the buttons on one of the devices, you will have about 30 seconds more time to press the second same button on the other device. As soon as you press both buttons, the set-top box and Wii Remote will start synchronization and configure each other on one data channel. During synchronization, all four light sensors will flash on the Wii Remote. After successful Wii Remote synchronization, the leftmost indicator will light. Click the letter button BUT, and you will see the main menu of the console, and melodious music will sound from the TV speakers.

Main menu

The Wii main menu evenly consists of rectangular cells with rounded corners. There are two round buttons at the bottom of the screen. On one is the inscription Wii, and on the other is an image with an envelope. Between the buttons, the current date is displayed.

Point the Wii Remote toward the TV as if you want to use the remote control and turn on the TV. If the touch panel was previously installed correctly, then on the TV screen appears courses in the form of a hand.

It resembles the mouse cursor on a regular computer. Just hover over the button and press the Wii Remote button with the letter BUT.

Please note that the number 1 will be displayed on the cursor. This means that your Wii Remote is defined as the first by the system, and on the remote itself the indicator light on the far left will be lit. If you connect one or more Wii Remote to the console, then each cursor of the remote control will have its own digital designation. In total, you can connect up to four Wii Remote to the console.

Each cell in the Wii menu is a so-called channel, or, in fact, a downloaded or previously pre-installed program. Selecting one of the channels starts the corresponding program for execution. The name of the channel is displayed directly in the cell itself. It is also worth noting that all the prefix menus and the display of channel names are interactive and are constantly accompanied by animations and various sound signals.

Initially, you will have only a few filled cells on the screen. With each new installed program or with each new addition of a channel, one of the following cells in turn will be filled. When all the cells in the viewing area of ​​the TV screen are full, you can scroll the screen - pay attention to the small arrow, which is located on the right side of the TV screen and points to the right side. If you hover the Wii cursor over this arrow and press the button with the letter A, the Wii menu scrolls exactly one TV screen in width, and then you will see the next row of cells. You can also scroll through the menus using the buttons. + and on the Wii Remote.

Running a game from disk

Consider the order of starting the game from disk. The channel is responsible for starting disks Disc channel, which by default is in the upper left corner of the Wii menu. If you hover the prefix cursor on this channel, a hint will appear under the cursor with the channel name in the form of an information label. If there is no game disk in the console’s drive, a simple disk image will be displayed in the graphic image of the Disc Channel channel cell. If a game disc is already in the drive, the icon and the name of the game will be displayed in the name of the cell in the Disc Channel. Use the cursor to select a cell called Disc Channel to open the menu for that channel. If a disk is already inserted in the drive, the game will start. To insert a game disc into the Wii drive, you must draw the disc pattern up if the console is horizontal, and draw it to the right if the console is upright. The Wii has a built-in mechanism for receiving and removing discs. You just need to put the disk into the drive (about a quarter), and the console itself will draw it into itself. To remove the drive from the console, press the button Eject on the front of the Wii. In this case, the disc will be ejected and you can get it.

Wii does not start the game automatically after you insert a game disc into the console. Only after you insert the disk into the console drive and select the Disc Channel with your cursor, you will get to the Disc Channel menu and through this menu you can start the game. An active Disc Channel menu with one of the games will always have two buttons Wii Menu and Start. Button Wii Menu allows you to return to the console’s start menu, but the game will still be in the console, and you can access it again and again through the Disc Channel. In turn, the button Start launches the current game. Please note that in the menu of the game channel (and all other channels) there are always arrows on the sides, with which you can go to the menu of the previous and next channel in the general list of cells.

Let's look at the mechanism for launching a game on a console and stopping it or leaving a game. So, you inserted the disc into the drive and opened the channel menu Disc channel. Next, select the button in the channel menu Start. First, a special screen saver always appears, reminding you of the need to use a protective strap attached to the Wii Remote and worn on your hand. If you do not heed the advice and your Wii Remote will fly out of your hands and break something in the room, you alone will be to blame.

To continue, click the button with the letter A. The further number of windows and the game menu will depend on the particular game. For example, in the Wii Sports game, another screensaver appears on the screen, which says that to continue the game you need to simultaneously press the buttons with the letters A and B. on the Wii Remote. And only after that you will get to the main menu of the Wii Sports game.

Working with menus in different games occurs naturally in different ways, and here everything depends directly on the game developer. As a rule, in most games, all the menu buttons are selected by the Wii cursor, and you can either launch or configure the available game options with the cursor.

If you look closely at the Wii Sports game menu, you will not see a special exit command for the game. Wii has its own built-in exit mechanism. In order to exit the game, you first need to save all the data, and then return to the main menu of the game.

Most often, to return to the main game menu, use the button with the + sign on the Wii Remote, by clicking which you will put the game into pause mode and get the opportunity to go to the main menu of the game through the buttons that appear on the screen. Typically, three Continue buttons, Start Over, and Quit, appear on the screen. If in one of the games such a menu is not assigned to the + button, then you can exit the game using the HOME button and select the Wii Menu button in the menu that appears. Thus, you will go to the main menu of the Wii console

Configure Wii Remote

To get to the Wii Remote settings, you need to turn on the set-top box and after loading the system, press the HOME button on the Wii Remote. A window with the HOME menu opens on the TV screen. In this menu, there are two large buttons Wii Menu and Close, which respectively allow you to return to the Wii menu through system overload and close the HOME menu, returning to the previous open window.

In the HOME menu at the bottom of the screen there is a graphical image of the batteries with the letters P1 – P4. This is an indicator of the charge of your two batteries installed in the Wii Remote, and since up to four remotes can be connected to the console, the designations P1 – P4 are used.

Each connected and active Wii Remote will be highlighted in white. Below under the battery gauge is a panel with the inscription Wii Remote Settings. Move the cursor over this panel and press the button with the letter A on the Wii Remote to open the Wii Remote settings screen.

The following three options are available to you here:

  • Volume - adjust the volume of the sound signal coming from the speaker built into the Wii Remote. Use the cursor or the Wii Remote buttons with the + and - signs to decrease or increase the volume level,
  • Rumble - enable or disable vibration in Wii Remote. The On button turns on vibration, and the Off button turns off,
  • Connection - Sync Wii Remote and Wii.

After finishing the settings, move the cursor to the panel with the inscription Close Wii Remote Settings and press the A button. A window will appear on the screen Simultaneously. Here you are invited to sequentially press the buttons with numbers 1 and 2 and then return to the main menu of the console. On this, all Wii Remote settings are over and you can use the remote in games.

System settings

You can get to the system settings from the main menu of the console by clicking on the round button Wiilocated at the bottom left of the TV screen. When you move the cursor to it, a tooltip will appear Wii options. After clicking, you will be taken to the settings window.

In the window Wii options you will find two large interactive buttons Date management and Wii Settings, as well as an oval button with the inscription Back. The Date Management button opens the settings section related to the console memory. Through this section, you can monitor the main memory of the console, as well as perform various manipulations with memory cards.

The Wii Settings button also opens a section with various system settings for the console. Here you can configure various functions, from the menu interface language to the formatting of the console memory.

The Back button returns from the Wii Options window to the console’s main menu, and the Wii system quickly reboots.

Wii Settings

Let's move to the Wii Setting section. The Wii System Settings window consists of several pages. Scrolling through the pages is carried out by scrolling the screen, and the currently active page is indicated in the name Wii System Settings 1, Wii System Settings 2, Wii System Settings 3, as well as in the lower right corner of the TV screen, the ordinal number of the current page is highlighted in white. Each settings page has four long buttons with English-language designations. Selecting each button with the Wii cursor opens a section with additional attachments (the degree of attachment depends on the degree of complexity of the setting itself), where you can perform certain operations to configure the console.

  • Console Nickname is the name of your console, which you can create yourself. Enter the section, hover over the large white rectangular button in the center of the screen and press the button with the letter A on the remote control. With these actions, you will call up the Wii console’s virtual keyboard.
  • Calendar - here you can set the current date and time. There are two buttons Date and Time in this window. Selecting each of the buttons will give you the opportunity to set the date and time accordingly. After you set the time or date, select the Confirm button to confirm the changes and return to the Wii System Settings.
  • Screen - The Screen section allows you to set some settings for the output signal of the set-top box, which are relevant for your TV. There are four buttons in this section: Screen Position, Widescreen Settings, TV Type, Screen Burn # in Reduction, which open sub-sections with options for setting the console. The Screen Position button will open a section with the same name where you can adjust the position of the displayed image from the set-top box in the working area of ​​your TV). You can determine the current shift in the position of the picture by the red borders on both sides of the TV screen. You can shift the picture on the screen using the Wii cursor, which you need to point at one of the arrows and press the button with the letter A. The Widescreen Settings section allows you to choose a widescreen signal output mode (16: 9) or simple (4: 3). It all depends on your TV: if you have a widescreen TV, you should choose 16: 9 mode, and if it’s normal, then 4: 3 mode. The default mode is 4: 3, but the console itself in automatic mode at the first start can determine the operating mode, however if this did not happen, then the Widescreen Settings section is used to configure the output signal. The TV Type section allows you to manually select a TV, or rather, adjust the output signal to your TV. Unfortunately, the Wii prefix cannot work in such popular modes as 720p or 1028p, since the graphics chip is simply not designed for this. Some TV models have their own distinctive feature, which is that when a bright static image is shown on the TV screen for a long time, then some pixels in this place may fade in time. So the Wii prefix allows you to enable the option to reduce burnout in the Burn-in Reduction section. When this option is turned on, and the game process is currently paused or you have not touched the Wii Remote buttons for a long time (several minutes), the set-top box switches to a peculiar pause mode and significantly reduces the glow of the TV screen. In order to enable reduction of TV screen burn-in, you need to select the On button in the Burn-in Reduction section.
  • Sound – Раздел Sound нужен для настройки выходного аудиосигнала. Так, в разделе имеются три кнопки Mono, Stereo и Surround. Выбор одной из трех кнопок переведет работу приставки в соответствующий режим. Заметьте, что опцию Surround лучше всего выбирать, если вы используете внешнюю стереосистему или ваш телевизор оснащен хорошим звуковым процессором, позволяющим работать с как минимум пятиканальным звуком. В остальном вам вполне хватит режима Stereo или, если у вас совсем старенький телевизор, режима Mono.
  • Parental Controls – это так называемое родительское окно, через которое родители могут ограничить детям игры по возврастному критерию. Каждая игра Wii имеет свою планку, или возрастной ценз, который определяет, для какого возраста эта игра предназначена. Если игра предназначена для подростков и минимальная возрастная категория стоит в районе 17 лет, то лучше, конечно, пятилетнему ребенку не играть в эту игру, поскольку игра может содержать, например, сцены насилия или сцены сексуального характера и т. д. Поэтому каждая приставочная игра Wii имеет свой возрастной ценз, и с помощью раздела Parental Controls можно оградить своего ребенка от нежелательных игр. Just go to this section, confirm your intentions about using Parental Controls and then in the new window indicate the PIN code and come up with a secret question (a kind of password), and then set the age limit bar in the Highest Game Rating Allowed field.
  • Sensor Bar - More precise touch panel setup. There are two buttons in this section: Sensor Bar Position and Sensitivity. The first button allows you to select the location of the touch panel near the TV, and the second allows you to set the sensitivity of the transceiver panel. By selecting the Sensor Bar Position button, you will be taken to the section with the same name, where you have to indicate the location of your touch panel relative to the TV. So, if the touch panel is on top of the TV, you need to select the Above TV option, and if the panel is located below, then select the Below TV option, respectively. Selecting the Sensitivity button in the Sensor Bar section will bring you to a screen where you can change the sensitivity of the transceiver of the touch panel, in case you have problems in this regard! That is, by default, all the settings in this section are made by the console manufacturer, so there is no need to specifically configure or change anything in the Sensitivity section.
  • Internet - Internet connection settings.
  • WiiConnect24 - settings for the WiiConnect24 service, which are based on Internet settings.
  • Language - select the language of the menu interface.
  • Country - choice of country of residence.
  • Wii System Update - through this section you can update the system firmware through the WiiConnect24 service.
  • Format Wii System Memory - formatting the main memory of the console.

how to connect Wii not via WiFi, but via cable

This is done as follows:

  • install Wii LAN adapter (see procedure above),
  • in the main menu of the console, click the button "Wii"(In the lower left corner) and then -"Wii Settings«,
  • in the settings menu, click “Internet” -> “Connection Settings” -> “Connection 1: None” -> “Wired Connection” (if there is no free slot, then you need to clear one - the “Clear settings«),
  • click "Ok“, After which the Wii will start connecting.

That's all. Well, in conclusion, we add only that the new Just Dance 2019 The Wii version (as well as the Wii U, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 consoles) is expected in October.

Inside the box.

The console is packed in a stylish light box, on the back of which there is a list of package contents. The kit includes everything you need to connect the Nintendo Wii set-top box to a regular TV: the console itself, a wireless joystick with an adapter, a cradle (stand for installing Nintendo Wii vertically), a touch panel and 2 cables (power and for connecting to a TV). The cable that comes with the kit does not provide a maximum resolution of 480p (that is, 480 lines vertically with progressive scan), so happy owners of HDTV will definitely want to get a cable that gives a higher resolution (it is sold separately from the console).

Nintendo Wii is the smallest among all the consoles of the latest generation, its dimensions are 1.75x6.25x8.5 inches (when the console is horizontal), that is, roughly like a stack of 3 boxes for DVDs. Initially, the prefix will be only white, but then other color modifications should appear. Like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you can place the Wii upright on a stand so that the console takes up less space. The Nintendo Wii has a retractable drive mechanism that allows you to read both standard 12 cm discs and 8 cm discs from GameCube without a special adapter.

Nintendo Wii contains 512 megabytes of internal memory for saved games and other data. If half a gigabyte of memory is not enough for the user, then the console has a slot for Secure Digital cards. Prices for SD cards are gradually decreasing and console support is justified.

Despite the fact that the bundle of Nintendo Wii is quite ascetic, there is one pleasant surprise in the box. Wii Sports is attached to the console: a fairly simple, but very interesting game that allows you to judge the capabilities of the console without spending money on licensed game discs. Wii Sports uses the wireless joystick as sports equipment, allowing the user to play baseball, tennis, golf, bowling or boxing. Up to 4 players are supported simultaneously in multiplayer mode, although for this you will have to buy at least one additional joystick. The movement of the joystick in space corresponds to the movements on the monitor / TV screen, which makes the process of playing bowling or golf incredibly attractive.

Connection and setup

Connecting the Nintendo Wii is very quick and easy. There are only 5 ports on the back of the console: - For the power cable, - for the cable for connecting to the TV / monitor (A / V cable), - for connecting the touch panel, - and, finally, 2 standard USB ports for expanding the platform. Connect the touch panel, place it below or above your TV, connect the video cable and power cable and the console is ready to go! Simple, right?

Once everything is connected, press the On / Off button on the front of the set-top box to install the software. Parameters such as time, date and username can be easily configured using the joystick. The only serious configuration that the user will have to do is connect to the network via a Wi-Fi adapter, but it’s also difficult to get confused if you follow the instructions in the menu. Wi-Fi connection works through a secure WEP and WPA encrypted connection. When testing, there were no problems with Wi-Fi, everything worked clearly and predictably. If you do not have access to a Wi-Fi network, but want to play online, then the Ethernet adapter connected via USB will solve the problem.

As soon as all Wi-Fi settings are completed, a specially developed WiiConnect24 service system is turned on. Through it, you can not only automatically download system updates, you can also watch weather and news.

Wii Channels: Media and Online Features

The Nintendo Wii console is navigated through a series of pages called Wii Channels, accessed via the WiiConnect24 connection. Standard Wii channels include: a news channel, a weather forecast channel, a message channel, a photo channel, and a special channel for creating personal avatars called Mii.

The Mii channel allows you to create and modify small cute avatars that you can then use in online games. Mii's avatars are cartoony and extremely simple, but the Mii channel includes a lot of customization options to make the image look like yourself, friends or any celebrity. These images do not seem very useful, but they can be used in games such as Wii Sports, as well as in the communication channel (Wii’s Message Channel).

The Photo Channel (Wii’s Photo Channel) will surprise you. In this channel you can view and edit images. Nintendo also claims that the Wii can also play MP3 music files as well as QuickTime videos, but in reality this is not entirely true. MP3 melodies can only be heard during a slideshow, and the video could not be launched during testing. But still, the main function of the channel is working with photos. Using a Secure Digital card, you can download thousands of different images, thereby obtaining a convenient digital photo album. You can view each photo individually, you can simultaneously display multiple images on the screen, or you can enable the slideshow mode. Photo Channel also includes a simple image editor, although this feature looks more fun than a serious editing opportunity.

When considering the multimedia features of the Nintendo Wii, one cannot fail to mention some features that many users may be puzzled with. Oddly enough, the console does not know how to play either DVD movie discs or music Audio-CDs ... Of course, most of these days have a DVD player and a music center at home, but nevertheless these functions are already standard in the latest generation consoles and lack of them NintendoWii is very disappointing. Officially, Nintendo says that the lack of multimedia capabilities can significantly reduce the price of the set-top box, but this is hard to believe. If you recall the story, the Nintendo GameCube also lacked the lack of DVD support. Nintendo Wii also does not have the ability to download video or audio files from the Internet due to the lack of a hard drive.

And finally, consider the capabilities of the console for communication between players. That's what Message Channel is for. It is used to send messages to other users of the Nintendo Wii console. Each player will have their own unique Friend Code, to which the message is sent. Message Channel also lets you know about changes in the game system, new games and firmware, and other information.

Nintendo Wii Joystick Features

In addition to the entertainment function, the Wii Sports games that come with the console have one more thing: they teach the player how to use the unique wireless joystick of the Nintendo console, which distinguishes Wii from competing consoles and all previously released consoles. The peculiarity of the joystick is that it is equipped with a unique motion sensor that senses the movement of the joystick in space using the Bluetooth wireless protocol.

To operate in this mode, the joystick needs a special touch panel that is mounted directly on the TV / monitor and positions its movements, displaying them on the screen. Fortunately, this panel is very small and you forget about its presence immediately after setting up the console. The touch panel is a plastic rectangle about the size of two pencils folded together and connected to the console with a very long cord (about 2.5 meters in length). Thus, its installation is simple and convenient. The panel fastens on a flypaper. Its dimensions allow you to install the panel on any TV, even if it is a thin plasma panel.

Sensors in the joystick work very clearly when moving it in space in different directions. It can replace you with, for example, a baseball bat in Wii Sports or a sword in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. In addition, you can hold the joystick differently in your hands: for example, like a sword in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, like a bat or tennis racket in Wii Sports, or you can hold it horizontally to control a truck in Excite Truck or when driving an airplane. The joystick has a built-in speaker and vibro for even more immersion in the game. All of these effects are simply stunning at first! The tiny speaker makes different sounds: for example, when striking an iron armor in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a distinct metallic ringing is heard, and when you strike a baseball, there is a distinctive ringing sound. All this is accompanied by vibration, depending on the force of the impact!

The joystick of the Nintendo Wii console also has an infrared sensor, which will be very useful for fans of First-person Shooter games (3D action). You can hold the joystick like an automatic machine or a gun and its movements will correspond to the movement of the sight on the screen. The process of playing in this way is incredibly attractive. Of course, this is not as convenient as a game using the keyboard and mouse, but if you get used to it, then immersion in the game will be much deeper.

While this system is very funny and attractive, it is not without some drawbacks. For example, the sight on the screen often shakes after the player’s hands, which is very distracting and annoying. In part, this drawback can be explained by the imperfection of the positioning system, as well as software flaws. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii prefix does not have the ability to manually adjust and calibrate the joystick, but we can hope that the new firmware will change this situation for the better.

The control options with the joystick of the Nintendo Wii console are very wide, but if you still don’t have enough buttons to comfortably configure all the actions required in the game, then there is a special port for connecting additional accessories, one of which comes with the console itself. It is called Nunchuk and is a small device that contains an analog lever (stick) and two additional buttons. Nunchuk complements the joystick in many games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and expands the controls. Nunchuk also has a built-in motion sensor.

Nunchuk will probably be the most popular addition to the Nintendo Wii, but not the only one. Currently, there is only one alternative addition to the console, replacing the standard joystick: Virtual Console Controller, which is a regular gamepad’s with two analog buttons. This gamepad will most likely be used when playing old games from previous Nintendo consoles. Also at the E3 exhibition in 2006, an analog pistol was introduced, which would further expand the possibilities of playing 3D shooters, but so far this device has not yet been put on sale.

The Nintendo Wii Wireless Joystick uses two AA batteries to power it. If you look at what it contains in itself, the Bluetooth module, infrared sensor, motion sensors, speaker and vibro, then we can assume that the batteries will be discharged quite quickly. And when you plug in the Nunchuk, which takes its power from the joystick, the discharge process will still accelerate. The set-top box does not include a charger or batteries. For a comfortable game, you will most likely have to buy two pairs of high-capacity batteries and charge for them. By the way, if you want to play with your friend on the same console, then an additional joystick will cost you about $ 40, and Nunchuk $ 20.

Gameplay and graphics.

The most obvious feature of the Nintendo Wii console is the use of a unique wireless joystick equipped with motion sensors. At the same time, with the release of the console, probably the most anticipated game for it will be the continuation of the famous Zelda series - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight princess. Releases of several more games from lesser-known manufacturers are also scheduled. And until the market is filled with games for the new console, buyers have the opportunity to play their favorite games for the Nintendo GameCube. Wii is fully compatible with GameCube, for which it has four ports for GameCube joysticks and two slots for memory cards from this console.

If Wii and GameCube are not enough for you, then you can play your old favorite games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and Turbografix-16 system platforms. These games can be bought and downloaded via the Nintendo Online Wii Store, then by saving the images to the SD card you can enjoy the forgotten masterpieces of the industry 🙂 It's nice that the purchase information is stored on the Nintendo server and if you lose your card or accidentally erase the game , then you can download it again for free using your unique personal number in the system. Games for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) will cost about $ 5, for Turbografix-16 - $ 6, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis - $ 8, Nintendo 64 - $ 10.

While the Nintendo Wii's controls are advanced and innovative, the graphics core and processor are not. Wii uses only a more powerful processor from Nintendo GameCube, its frequency is only 729 megahertz (codename Broadway, manufacturer IBM). It can not be compared with the monsters installed in the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Consoles from Sony and Microsoft issue resolutions up to 1080p, and Nintendo Wii can provide only 480p, and even if you buy a separate video cable ... Nintendo Wii also It does not support full 5.1 sound, limited only to the GameCube's Dolby Pro-Logic II system based on stereo sound. Thus, if you want to get the pinnacle of technology as a game console, then buy a Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360, which will cost much more. But the asset Nintendo Wii has an incredibly exciting gameplay.


Is the Nintendo Wii a worthwhile purchase? It all depends on what you expect from the console. If you need a new generation multimedia center with dazzling graphics and a monsteroid processor and video card, then feel free to choose Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360, since Nintendo Wii will disappoint you. But by and large, Nintendo has never been a competitor to Sony and Microsoft in this area. Wii is focused on enjoying the game, leaving technology struggles for others. The unique Wii control, online game features, as well as full compatibility with all previous products of the company - these are the trump cards of the console. And there is another undeniable advantage - the price. Nintendo Wii costs about $ 250, while competitors are twice as expensive. And in fact, only time will tell what customers will choose. The last word, as always, is yours!

Pros: revolutionary control, built-in Wi-Fi for playing online, game support from all previous consoles, SD card slot, free bundled Wii Sports games, low price, amazing gameplay.

Cons: the joystick runs on batteries, no batteries, no charging included; insufficiently advanced graphics and sound compared to the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360; it does not play music Audio-CDs and video DVD discs.