Wii is a home console from Nintendo. Launched in 2006, it introduced motion controlled gaming to a wide audience of Nintendo fans and people who didn’t traditionally play video games. The Wii introduced the Wii Remote Controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and which detects movements in three dimensions. The console runs games supplied on Wii optical discs.
- Processors – CPU: PowerPC-based Broadway processor, made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 729 MHz, GPU: ATI Hollywood GPU made with a 90 nm CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 243 MHz, (None of the clock rates have been confirmed by Nintendo, IBM or ATI.)
- Memory – 88 MB main memory (24 MB internal 1T-SRAM integrated into graphics package, 64 MB external GDDR3 SDRAM), 3 MB embedded GPU texture memory and framebuffer
- Storage – 512 MB built-in NAND flash memory, Expanded storage via SD and SDHC card memory (up to 32 GB), Nintendo GameCube memory card (required for GameCube game saves), Slot-loading disc drive, compatible with 8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc and 12 cm Wii Optical Disc, Mask ROM by Macronix
- Ports and peripheral capabilities – Up to 16 Wii Remote controllers (10 in standard mode, 6 in one-time mode, connected wirelessly via Bluetooth), Nintendo GameCube controller ports (4), Nintendo GameCube memory-card slots (2), SD memory-card slot (supports SDHC cards, as of system menu 4.0), USB 2.0 ports (2), Sensor Bar power port, Accessory port on bottom of Wii Remote, Optional USB keyboard input in message board, Wii Shop and Internet channels (as of 3.0 and 3.1 firmware update), Mitsumi DWM-W004 WiFi 802.11b/g wireless module, Compatible with optional USB 2.0 to Ethernet LAN adapter
- Video – Custom “AV Multi Out” port supporting composite video, YPBPR component video, S-Video (NTSC consoles only) and RGB SCART (PAL consoles only) 480p (PAL/NTSC), 480i (PAL/NTSC) or 576i (PAL), standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
- Audio – Main: Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable, Controller: Built-in speaker, Audio DSP
- Power consumption – 18 W when switched on, 9.6 W in standby with WiiConnect24 standby connection, 1.3 W in standby