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The Wii (ウィー) is Nintendo's fifth home console and the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube. The console was first released on November 19, 2006 in the Americas and released in Japan on December 02, 2006.

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The Wii is distinguished from its predecessors and console generation competitors by its primary gimmick of motion controls via the Wii Remote or Wiimote for short. Utilizing gyroscope technology within the Wii Remote and a motion bar receiver, the Wii could achieve precise movement, hearkening back to older Nintendo accessories such as the Nintendo Zapper peripheral from the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The Wii introduced several functions that many of its succeeding home consoles and even the immediate handheld successor, the 3DS, utilized including a robust online functionality via Wi-Fi, an integrated online Nintendo eShop, and most notably the introduction of Miis, which are customizable avatars that represent the player and function in various games such as Wii Sports and Wii Fitt.

A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode. It is also backward compatible, thus able to play all official GameCube games. The Wii had two iterations the Wii Family Edition in 2011 and the Wii Mini in 2012. Both lack GameCube compatibility, but can still play Wii games. The original Wii and Wii Family Edition were discontinued on October 21, 2013, while the Wii Mini was discontinued on November 13, 2017

The Wii was deliberately designed to appeal to a broader audience rather than just existing gamers. Many of the initial titles developed, such as Wii Sports and Wii Play, were created to entertain families and introduce gaming to a more casual audience. Best encapsulated by the slogans "Wii would like to play" and "Experience a new way to play", the Wii focused on its gimmick to the fullest, bringing in a new option for gaming.

The Wii Menu operating system interface is designed around the concept of television channels. Separate channels are graphically displayed in a grid and are navigated using the pointer capability of the Wii Remote. It is possible to change the arrangement of the channels by holding down the A and B buttons. There are six primary channels:

  • The Disc Channel, which allows users to play Wii and GameCube titles. This channel displays the name of the Wii title that is present in the drive and plays a sound clip along with a short video clip. If a GameCube title is in the drive, it displays the GameCube logo and plays the GameCube's default startup sound, but does not display game logos or identifying information. This is the only channel that cannot be moved across the Wii Menu.
  • The Photo Channel, where you can view downloaded photos. To view these, insert an SD-card with the photo's on it, and the Wii will automatically show them in an slideshow. You can also edit these photo's and play the music stored on the SD card while on this channel.
  • The Wii Shop Channel, an online shop for the Wii video game console that allows users to download Virtual Console and WiiWare games, extra game content, and new channels. Downloading may require redeeming Wii Points. Consumers can purchase Wii Points by an online credit card transaction or by purchasing a Wii Points Card at retail stores. To use the Wii Shop Channel, you must have access to the internet through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • The Mii Channel lets you create and customise avatars, which can be used in several Wii games.
  • The News Channel allows users to access news headlines and current news events obtained from the Internet. The content is automatically updated and viewable via WiiConnect24. This was one of two Channels which were initially unavailable at launch, but activated through firmware updates.
  • The Forecast Channel allows weather reports and forecasts to be downloaded onto the console from the Internet via the WiiConnect24 service. Also, certain games can use this Channel to simulate weather conditions depending on the player's region. Like the News Channel, the Forecast Channel was not available at launch.

Several other Channels can be downloaded for free on the Wii Shopping Channel such as: The Internet Channel, the Everybody Votes Channel, and the Check Mii Out Channel. Additional channels are available for download from the Wii Shop Channel.

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The Wii received only one new entry to the Fire Emblem franchise with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The Wii features backwards compatibility with the Nintendo Gamecube, allowing it to play Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

With built in GameCube Memory Card functions, some games, such as Radiant Dawn, gain additional bonus content when a Memory Card containing applicable data of a GameCube Game is in the Wii System.

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The Virtual Console for the Wii provided re-releases of the Famicom and Super Famicom Fire Emblem titles as Japan exclusives.

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