E3 is creeping right up on us now, and when May 10th finally hits us we’ll be overflowed with Gaming news, especially coming from Nintendo’s direction. And we at Gamers Daily thought it’ll be best to create two articles, one article what we know about the Wii before E3 and another article after E3. This way the news will be tidier as it comes in.
Up until recently, the new Nintendo Console has been known as the Nintendo Revolution, but a sudden dramatic announcement from Nintendo left the gaming community shaken. Here’s what Nintendo had to say;
Introducing … Wii.
As in “we.”
While the code-name “Revolution” expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re Probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “We” which emphasizes this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.
Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.
And Wii, as a name and a console. brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.
So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it’s really not about you or me.
It’s about Wii.
And together, Wii will change everything.
We’ll begin with talking about the consoles main weapon; it’s controller. The controller is unlike anyone has ever seen in regards to the gaming industry. The design is similar to that of a Television Remote and sports the familiar Nintendo controls.
So what makes it so special? Well, the controller is able to sense motion; a thin sensor bar is placed beneath the television and allows the console to sense the controller’s position in a three-dimensional space. Other sensors in the controller itself allow it to sense the tilting etc. This gives the user more control over what happens on the screen, the best example for this is the First Person Shooter genre, usually dominated by the mouse/keyboard combination on the PC, the Wii will revolutionize the way FPS is played, giving the user more control over the gun and movement.
The Wii controller will also be able to adapt for certain games, for example the Nunchaku is an attachment that is set to come with the Wii. The Nunchaku attachment allows you to extend your control on screen, for example you can walk using the Nunchaku analog whilst aiming with the controller, much easier for the FPS genre. And recently, more info on the attachment has been released;
Ever found it annoying that you have to press numerous buttons or move your fingers into awkward positions just to shift gear in a driving game, or reload in a shoot ‘em up? The Accelerometer for the Nunchaku attachment allows you to tilt the Nunchaku left or right to do certain moves on a game, for example shifting up a gear or down a gear in an intense race. It will mean you won’t have to do different combinations or stretch your fingers. This allows you to win a race just because of those few precious seconds that you haven’t lost trying to shift up a gear, or make the difference between life or death in a frantic shoot em’ up.
The Wii isn’t all controllers and flashy accessories; it has a lot more going for itself. For example, it’s backwards compatibility; the Wii will play all the games from Nintendo’s current console – the Gamecube. But not only that, the Wii will also be able to play popular Nintendo games from the SNES, N64 and NES generations through a download system similar to iTunes.
Instead of a standard pop out disc tray, the stylish Wii will sport a smart, self loading media bay which will play both standard 12cm discs and the smaller Gamecube discs.
Alongside the disc slot, the Wii also has a slot for an SD Card, which will allow players to expand their internal flash memory.
Probably the most important factor of gaming consoles nowadays is power and with the Xbox360 setting the standard for it’s followers Nintendo have a lot to live up to. Although, they have stated that they’ll be going for “Gameplay over graphics”.
Here are the specifications that we know at present:
CPU: Codenamed “Broadway”. Developed by IBM. Suspected to be twice the clock speed of the Gamecube”Gekko” chip.
GPU: Codenamed “Hollywood”. Developed by ATi.
RAM: Rumored to have 96mb to 128mb 1T-SRAM. Developed by MoSys.
Storage: 512mb of onboard flash memory. Supports flash cards to expand storage.
Controllers: Supports 4 wireless controllers, therefore up to 4 players. Details below.
Online: Wireless online net service.
High Definition: At this point in time HD display is not supported.
Other: A couple of USB ports, plus some other ports. Backwards compatibility with the GCN controller + Wavebird.
Compatibility: Uses standard DVDs for Wii game storage. Is backwards compatible with GCN disks, and is able to emulate and play NES, SNES and N64 titles. Also possible of emulating and playing titles from other console brands, such as Sega consoles.
Online has became another big factor in modern day gaming, and the Nintendo Wii will prove no exception. Nintendo have been offering their free WiFi service on the Nintendo DS for some time now and it’s immensely popularity has forced Nintendo to include it in the Wii.
We’re almost forgetting that the Wii is just another gaming machine, and it wouldn’t be anything but a sexy little box without games to enjoy on it.
Many games have been confirmed for the Wii and developers have taken full advantage of the possibilities.
Here’s a list of the confirmed games so far:
* Super Mario Wii
* Super Smash Bros. Wii
* Metroid Prime 3
* Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Wii
* Animal Crossing Wii
* Killing Day
* Splinter Cell 4
* Madagaskar 2
* Legend of Zelda Wii
* Mario Kart Wii
* Donkey Kong Wii
* The Darkness
* Madden NFL 07
* Suda51/Grasshopers Studio Title
* Minoru Nakai Title
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* Two Titles from “Artistic Quality”
* James Bond 007: Casino Royale
* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
* Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
* Avatar: The Last Airbender
* Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
* Pangya Golf
* SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
* Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
* Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
* Red Steel
* Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting
* Spider Man 3
* Raid Over The River
* Midway Wii Project
* Disney/Pixar’s Cars
* TNA iMPACT!
* n-Space Wii Project
* Kid Icarus Wii
* Blitz Games Wii Project
* Camelot RPG
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2007
* Sonic the Hedgehog Wii
* Trauma Center Wii
* Cooking Title
That about sums it up for our Wii article and we hope you’ll join us for our ‘live’ updates as the E3 news floods in next week. And when all the hype has stopped, we’ll have another bulging article full of Wii News.
Written by Sane with contributions from slash101