|Released|| November 9, 2006 |
December 2, 2006
December 8, 2006
December 7, 2006
|Predecessor|| Nintendo GameCube|
|Successor|| Wii U|
The Wii is Nintendo's fifth home gaming console, and is the first of Nintendo's hardware to allow the creation of Miis, which could be imported to and exported from copies of Tomodachi Collection after two Miis are successfully created.
The Wii can also communicate with the Nintendo 3DS to send Miis to the system for use in titles like Tomodachi Life, though unlike DS and Wii connection, it is not possible to export a Mii from a 3DS to a Wii, as the 3DS and Wii U's Mii creation system contains additional facial features the Wii and DS lack.
The Wii has various methods of inputting commands like the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and the GameCube controller. Most games that have recently been released are supporting these functions by giving the player optional input method like Wii Remote turned on its side.
Special controllers have been released for this console, like the Wii Balance Board, primarily used for the best-selling Wii Fit. The Wii Wheel is a plastic shell that came with Mario Kart Wii that allows the wii remote to sit in comfortably and provide the player with a better gaming experience. The Wii Zapper came with Link's Crossbow Training and is primarily used for first-person shooters such as Resident Evil 4. The Wii MotionPlus, the latest controller at the time, was released in June 2009 and is included with Wii Sports Resort. The MotionPlus offered true 1:1 control.
The Mii Channel is one of the preinstalled channels for the Wii. It is based on a Japanese game. It was released in North America on November 9, 2006, in Japan on December 2, 2006, in Australia on December 7, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006. On the Mii Channel, players can create Miis, virtual characters that can represent them on various games like, Wii Sports, Wi Fit +, and Wii Sports Resort.
The Nintendo Channel is another channel for the Wii console. It gives the user updates on new games and videos. On May 20, 2014, all Nintendo Wi-Fi access was and now is terminated and will no longer provide anymore service for Nintendo DS(i) and Nintendo Wii users.
At E3 on the date of June 7, 2011, Nintendo announced plans for another new Nintendo console named the Wii U that would later succeed the Wii. It is Nintendo's sixth home console, with a new, more streamlined appearance, 1080p HD Graphics (a first for Nintendo consoles), and even a new controller with an embedded touchscreen, which allows the player to continue a gaming session by displaying the game on the touchscreen if the television does not seem to provide display (a feature dubbed "Off TV Play" after its release). The Wii U is backwards-compatible with Wii games, but not GameCube games.
The Wii U was released in November 2012, beginning the eighth generation of video game consoles.