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78
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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There's no small amount of love and nostalgia for Nintendo and everything it does -- especially when most of what Nintendo does is upgrade its consoles and re-release the same kinds of games. The Wii represented hope for the future of gaming, but as it turns out that vision has gotten lost in the mix as game consoles have adopted far more advanced features, graphics, and motion capturing-controllers (like the Kinect).

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User Reviews

100
Shawn Pickett
The Wii is an entertaining console make no mistake, and certainly was on to...read more
70
Nathaniel Bruck
Oh Nintendo, how you march to your own tune. You have taken the first hd console...read more
90
VarthDader
High quality hardware. Cool industrial design. A bit too family oriented, although...read more
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Model
late 2006

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
5127
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Component, Composite, Svideo
Backward compatible
Yes

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (8.5 GB)
Backward compatible
Yes (1 generations)

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (AA)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (1)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer, Optical)
Rumble support
Built-in (1 motors)
Other peripherals
Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Keyboard, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Composite, Svideo
Video formats
576i, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
RCA stereo

Media

Audio playback
Yes (AAC)
Video playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (None) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser) (No) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Hdd, Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
729 MHz
CPU cores
1
GPU speed
243 MHz
System RAM
88 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
RVL-101

Key Specs

Game format
Optical, Downloadable
Online features
Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
Drive capacity
5127
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
Yes
Video outputs
Component, Composite, Svideo
Backward compatible
Yes

General

Game format
Optical, Downloadable (Slot loading) (8.5 GB)
Backward compatible
No

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (AA)
Controllers (max)
4
Direction control
D pad, Thumb stick (1)
Motion controls
Yes (Accelerometer)
Rumble support
Built-in (1 motors)
Other peripherals
Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset mic, Keyboard, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
Component, Composite, Svideo
Video formats
576i, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
RCA stereo

Media

Audio playback
Yes (AAC)
Video playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (JPEG)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
Yes (Yes) (None) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser) (No) (Yes) (No)

Storage

System storage
Yes (Memory card)

Hardware

CPU speed
729 MHz
CPU cores
1
GPU speed
243 MHz
System RAM
88 MB
Internal ROM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
No

Power

Power adapter
External
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