The black Wii next to the white Wii.
Wii (Japanese: ウィー Wii) is Nintendo's seventh-generation console, which serves as the company's competition for Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. Its handheld counterpart is the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo 3DS has the same graphical and CPU capabilities as it. It, like its predecessor, the Nintendo GameCube, is able to connect to software titles on the handheld of this generation, the Nintendo DS, has a Pokémon game that serves as a battle arena for the Generation IV Pokémon games—in this case, Pokémon Battle Revolution, and also has a storage system—in this case, My Pokémon Ranch. In 2012, it will be succeeded by the Wii U, which is backwards-compatible to all Wii games and controllers.
Wii's controller is a strange and revolutionary one, instead of taking the dual-control-stick layout of the previous generation like its competitors, it is in a remote control form, with attachments available to work with compatible games, such as a control stick on a Nunchuk attachment, or the Classic Controller, which takes on a layout similar to the other consoles' main controller. The Wii Remote is wireless, and features many innovations such as motion and tilt sensing, a first for game controllers. The motion sensor requires a bar to be placed on the top or bottom of the screen. The sensitivity can be enhanced with Wii Motion-Plus, although currently it is not compatible with any Pokémon games.
The console features a custom GUI made up of different—and expandable—channels, all of which, save the Disc Channel, can be moved around to any of the 47 spaces available on the main menu. New channels can be downloaded via the Wii Shop Channel, including a browser and games from older systems playable via Virtual Console. The channels can be put on an SD card, and with the introduction of Wii Menu 3.3, SD Card menus can be accessed straight from the main one.
Wii also has the ability to send messages to and from other devices, so long as the Wii sends out the first message, an address book confirmation message, to the email address or cell phone number in question. When the recipient replies to the Wii's message, communication between the two devices will be active, and via WiiConnect24, others can leave messages for players of the console on its message board from anywhere in the world.
Wii is also backwards-compatible with all GameCube games, as well as with most of GameCube's accessories, such as the controllers, memory cards, GameCube to GBA cables, and microphone. It is not compatible with the Rumble Pak or the Game Boy Player.
- Compatibility with both 12cm Wii Game Discs and 8cm GameCube Game Discs
- 729 MHz "Broadway" IBM CPU
- 243 MHz "Hollywood" ATI GPU
- 88 MB total memory
- 512 MB internal flash memory, for game, channel, and data saving
- SD memory card bay for expansion of save space (Initially, the system supported SD cards up to 2 GB. After the Wii System 4.0 update, the system supports SDHC cards up to 32 GB, however games released before the system update may not read SDHC cards.)
- Two USB ports for expansion and/or networking capabilities
On game discs
Most Wii games are released on the Wii's own 12cm discs. So far, there are three known games that feature Pokémon.
|Pokémon Battle Revolution||Battle simulation||2006|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Versus fighting||2008|
|PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||Action-adventure||2009|
Because Wii features backwards compatibility with the majority of Nintendo GameCube hardware, all Pokémon games on the GameCube are also playable on Wii; however, Wii is not compatible with the Game Boy Player.
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Versus fighting||2001|
|Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire||Utility||2003|
|Pokémon Channel||Virtual pet||2003|
|Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness||RPG||2005|
WiiWare games are special games downloadable via the Wii Shop Channel. Two Pokémon games have been released worldwide, and a third has been released only in Japan.
|My Pokémon Ranch||Virtual Life||2008||1000 Wii Points|
|Pokémon Rumble||Fighter||2008||1500 Wii Points|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare)||Dungeon crawler||2009||1200 Wii Points|
Virtual Console games
Virtual Console games are old games that were originally released on past consoles, and have now been re-released on the Wii Shop Channel. Like WiiWare games, they can be downloaded after being bought. There are two Pokémon games that have received this treatment so far, plus the original Super Smash Bros. game.
|Title||Genre||Original release||VC release||Cost|
|Pokémon Snap||First-person rail shooter||1997||2007||1000 Wii Points|
|Pokémon Puzzle League||Puzzle||2000||2008||1000 Wii Points|
|Super Smash Bros.||Versus fighting||1999||2009||1000 Wii Points|
With Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire emulator
|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire||Main series RPG||2003|
Wii Shop Channel
The Wii Shop Channel is a channel which comes pre-installed on Wii consoles. It uses the Internet to purchase and download WiiWare, Virtual Console games and channels with Wii Points.
The Nintendo Channel is a free downloadable channel which contains various videos and demos of Nintendo games. Use of this channel requires the Internet. These videos are often commercials, trailers, and interviews relating to Nintendo products. All Pokémon games for Nintendo DS and Wii (excluding Virtual Console) that have had an English language release have been featured on the channel at some point.
Additionally, the channel has a feature called the DS Download Service, which allows players to download demos of games to a Nintendo DS system via DS Download Play. Demos for Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Pokémon Trozei! and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky can be downloaded. Explorers of Sky has three slightly different demos.
- Players have a Wii in their bedroom in Generation IV and Generation V. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Barry has a Wii in his room too; while in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player's alternate-gender counterpart, Red and Blue each have a Wii. Along with that, there is a Wii next to a TV in the S.S. Aqua.
- The AV cable for the Wii is only the third design Nintendo has used. The NES used RCA cables, while the SNES, N64, and GCN all used the same one.
- The Nunchuk resembles part of a Nintendo 64 controller.
- The Wii can play all three Super Smash Bros. titles.
- The remote control for the evolution machine featured in Ya See We Want an Evolution was similar in design to the controller of the Wii.
- The remote Meowth used in The Grass-type is Always Greener! resembled the Nunchuk.
- Nintendo (Japanese)
|Game systems with Pokémon games|
|Nintendo handheld consoles|
| GB (Pocket • GBL • SGB • SGB2) • GBC • mini • GBA (SP • GBm • GBP)|
DS (Lite • DSi • DSi XL) • 3DS (XL • 2DS • New 3DS • New 3DS XL • New 2DS XL) • Switch (Lite)
|Nintendo home consoles|
|SNES (BS-X • SGB • NP • SGB2) • N64 (DD) • GCN (GBP) • Wii • Wii U • Switch|
|Pico • Beena|