The New Game Console in Town: Nintendo Wii

wii_ps3_sales_october.jpgTalk about gaming consoles and the top of the line name that strikes first is of Nintendo Wii. About 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide and less than 2 inches thick (roughly the size of 3 DVD cases stacked on top of each other), the Wii features a compressed design that makes it a natural improver to any television setup. The console is white in color and can be showcased either vertically or horizontally. It is backward-compatible to all Nintendo GameCube games and includes four ports for controllers and two slots for memory cards. A single self-loading media bay plays single or double-layered 12-cm optical discs for the Wii console, as well as 8-cm Nintendo GameCube discs. The console communicates wirelessly with the Internet via wireless or a Wii LAN adaptor. As far as the Input is concerned, there are four Wii Remotes that can work with Wii. For the Output, there is an AV Multi-output port for component, composite or S-video. The console is powered by a PowerPC CPU (code-named “Broadway”), made with a 90nm SOI CMOS process, jointly developed with and manufactured by IBM; GPU developed with ATI. How does the Wii rank over other gaming consoles?

With the first of its kind Remote Controller, Nintendo wanted to create a controller that was as captivating as it was sophisticated in technology. The outcome was the Wii Remote. Nintendo which coalesced the familiarity of a remote control with the worldliness of motion-sensing technology to come up with an input device for the ages! Sporting the size of a traditional remote control, the wireless Wii Remote is a multifunctional device. In a tennis game, it serves as your racket with you swinging with your arm. In a driving game, it serves as your steering wheel. For first-person shooters, the Wii Remote acts as your weapon that you point at an enemy. The list of potential uses goes on and on. In addition to its pointing and motion-sensing abilities, the Wii Remote also includes a speaker, rumble feature and expansion port for additional input devices, such as the Nunchuk. Contoured to perfectly fit a player’s hand, the Nunchuk builds on the simplicity of the Wii Remote and goes an extra step to meet the needs of gamers. The Nunchuk connects to the Wii Remote at its expansion port and is used in concurrence with the Wii Remote. This contains the same motion-sensing technology enabled in the Wii Remote but also includes an analog stick to assist in character movement. In several games, players will use the analog stick of the Nunchuk to move their characters and the Wii Remote to perform a specific action, whether it is throwing a pass in football or aiming a ranged weapon in an action game. Along with the analog stick, the motion-sensing Nunchuk also contains two buttons positioned for quick access. Because the Wii Remote and Nunchuk are only relatively dependent on each other, players are free to hold them in whichever hand is most comfortable to them. The ambidextrous nature of the Wii controllers grants accessibility seldom seen in game controllers. So go out guys and buy your very own Wii Console before your friends have it in their own futuristic game zone. The console is the ultimate choice when you have friends round to play video games and the best part being that anyone can play, not only those who play games on a regular basis. But, even my Mum Dad can play!

The Wii’s graphics are unimpressive compared to PS3, even XBox, but the overall package – the unit, the controller design and user interaction and Internet connectivity -make this product a winner.The Wii is an attractive choice for anyone looking for a console for casual use. It’s relatively inexpensive, with innovative and sporty controls. “The Wii has to be the first games console to get you up off your rump and onto your feet.”

Ashim Jolly