How Does the Nintendo Wii Work?

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How Does the Nintendo Wii Work?

Basic Information

The Nintendo Wii is an innovative system and part of the 7th generation of video game systems that also includes the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. The Nintendo Wii is an interactive system that relies on wireless controllers and a sensor bar to capture all of the movements and buttons that players use when using a compatible remote.


The Nintendo Wii is powered by an IBM "Broadway" Processor and an ATi "Hollywood" graphics processor. Many of the components inside of the Wii are set-up much like a computer, and the Nintendo Wii is even configured with built-in wireless Internet capabilities. The Nintendo Wii also features 512 MB of built in Flash Memory that can be used to store saved games, characters, or downloaded content from the Wii Shop.

Disc Format

Most Wii games are released on 12cm optical Discs. The games are inserted into the Wii and then loaded into the top left corner of the Wii Channel menu. A cursor on the screen is controlled by moving the Wii remote and actually pointing at different menu choices on the screen. You can also control the menu options by using the D-pad directional buttons.

Playing Games

The Nintendo Wii comes packaged with "Wii Sports," and this game, along with a wide selection of others is based on physical motion. This means that often you must stand to use the games and mimic the moves that you are creating on screen. Examples include bowling, tennis, shooting, throwing, and a lot of leg activities by using the Wii Fit board.

Backwards Compatible

The Nintendo Wii also works as a backwards compatible system and plays any Nintendo GameCube game. In order to play GameCube games, you must have a GameCube controller and a GameCube memory card in order to save them. A flap on the top of the Wii opens up to reveal 4 GameCube controller ports.

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