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What is the Nintendo Wii Game Console?

The Nintendo Wii™ console outsells its competitors by a large margin. It entices new players into the world of video games by offering a variety of entertainment, information and communication channels that add value to the console and make it a device that the entire family can enjoy.

Wii is designed to be always connected to the Internet, either through built-in wi-fi or LAN adapter, and will automatically download surprises and game updates even when the console is off. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is one of the first games for the Wii platform.

The Wii boasts 512 MB of internal flash memory, wireless controllers, two USB 2.0 ports, a slot for SD memory expansion, and built-in Wi-Fi access. The real revolution in this system, though, is its controller. Shaped like a TV remote, the Wii Remote has been designed to be easily used by people regardless of their video game experience. Sensors determine the controller's position is in 3-D space, which means that racing-game steering and sword fighting moves, for example, are done through movements of your hand rather than by just your thumbs.

Wii Fit is a game that encourages physical fitness. Bundled with a Wii balance board, players stand on the platform to register their body mass index, and then head-butt virtual soccer balls, twirl a virtual hula-hoop, and perfect their balance.

Wii Zapper is a pistol-shaped frame that holds the Wii's existing controllers in a combination that creates new types of game moves and weaponry.

Wii Channel Menu

The Wii Channel Menu is the first screen shown on the television, as it easily integrates itself as part of people’s everyday lives.

Disc Channel

This channel allows users to play either Wii game discs or the entire library of Nintendo GameCube™ discs.

Mii™ Channel

Fun caricatured portraits created in this channel can be used as characters across a variety of Wii software. Portraits can be stored in a user’s Wii Remote and taken to a friend’s house to play on another Wii console. Each member of the family can have his or her Wii Remote personalized with a caricature.

Photo Channel

This channel allows users to take digital pictures stored on an SD memory card and display them on their television screens. Users also can manipulate the photos in a variety of fun and creative ways, such as zooming or creating mosaics, puzzles or slide shows. They can draw, add stamps, and copy and paste. They also can change the “mood” of photos by brightening them, converting them to monochrome, inverting the color or changing them to stark black and white. Users can even add an MP3 tune to their slide shows. It provides a fun and easy outlet for people to edit their digital pictures. Users also can send their pictures to other Wii consoles by attaching a photo to the Wii Message Board.

Forecast Channel

Users who have connected their Wii console to the Internet can access free local weather forecasts just a few seconds after turning on the Wii console. The WiiConnect24™ service automatically updates local weather information. Users can view forecasts for cities around the world on a 3-D globe.

News Channel

Users can access breaking news with the touch of a button. When connected to the Internet, the WiiConnect24 service automatically updates this free channel and organizes it in a variety of topical categories. Users can see where news is happening by viewing the location of news stories on a 3-D globe.

Wii Shop Channel

This is where users go to buy Wii Points or redeem them to download classic video games to the Virtual Console™. Users also can use points to download the Opera browser used in the Internet Channel.

Internet Channel

This channel dramatically changes the relationship between a user’s home, the television and the Internet. Users download the Opera browser with Wii Points. Then they can surf the Internet right from the comfort of their couch. They can do quick research while watching a television program (“What was that actor’s name again?”). Or book travel plans and shop during commercials. The service is compatible with Macromedia Flash.

Wii Message Board

Forget hand-scrawled notes tacked to the refrigerator door. Users can leave messages for other family members on a calendar-based message board. They also can use WiiConnect24 to send messages to people outside the home as well. Even better, people can trade photos and text messages with cell phone users. The service also allows for incoming messages targeted at software, such as a new map or weapon for a game. Games can constantly be updated, thereby extending their playability.

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Revised: 07/18/2011