The Wii is a gaming console that was released by the Nintendo corporation on November 19, 2006. The Wii, previously known as Nintendo Revolution prior to its release is a wonderful machine that has developed into a true family gaming console.
One of the original features of the Wii that drew in a large crowd of Nintendo fans were the easy playability, that allowed even the newest of gamers to enjoy the console and being able to access such a simple and easy device with easy control schemes. Another “capturing” feature was the ability to download classic games, such as “Pilotwings’ from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) or The Legend of Zelda series: “Ocarina of Time” and “Majora’s Mask,” games that were found on the Nintendo 64 many years ago. Even today, Nintendo continues to release new content known as “WiiWare,” games that work especially for the Wii’s Wireless controls. Just like the Nintendo Handheld generations (DS and GBA), the Wii is capable of playing Gamecube games. It has two slots for the Memory Cards as well as the usual four slots for the controllers. And as a bonus, when you place a NGC (Nintendo Gamecube) disc into the Wii and load up the Disc channel, you’ll hear the familiar “loading” intro song, however you won’t see the actual animation.
The Wii houses many party games, games that allows up to four players to play games such as boardgames such as: Mario Party 8 (Nintendo) and fun puzzle games such as Boom Blox (EA). There has even been Mario Kart Wii, a racing title that allows not only to play four player rounds locally, but also online with other players across the world. However, not even a family based system such as the Wii can stay this way, only being able to play family games or Everyone rated games; the Wii has a dark-side as well. In the past, there have been a few Mature/Teen-rated games that proved most entertaining, for example Madworld (Sega) and Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition (Activision).
During the four years the Wii has been out, it has had it’s ups and downs. The Ups include a large library of any and all games ever released under Nintendo’s publishing game collection. The Downs are typical for any gaming console, many have created a software that has the Wii run Homebrew programs that either hack a game or create programs un-sanctioned by Nintendo. Homebrew is essentially a technique in which specific coding is placed into a microSD or SD card and placed into the Wii. The user then goes into the SD card, extracts an execution file and starts the process of manipulating the Wii accordingly. What happens is a new channel is created and it shows a menu of items you have for choosing. On the other hand, should a user incorrectly change the Wii, the console will then “brick” or not function properly, possibly even refusing to turn on.
Something to look forward to is that the Wii will continue to grow and develop and even force Sony and Microsoft to come up with their own wireless peripherals. The “Sony move”, which was released at this year’s E3, is essentially a wand with a glowing sphere at the top with a similar control setup to the Wii Remote. Microsoft in turn creates the “Kinect,” the info on which was released the same week as the Sony move. Kinect is essentially a web-cam that mirrors the player’s movement, making the player the controller and creating a more interactive experience.
The Wii continues to be a rewarding tool and will continue to be a fun family to have for those who love to play games together. The interesting twist the Wii is the easy exercise on can get playing games such as: EA’s Active and Wii Fit without the constant trips to the gym and associated fees, watching the same show as everybody on the small TV, smelly locker rooms, etc.