Wii Nintendo: for the Gen X

By: Jacob Marshal

Home video games have been a passion with the entire generations now. The perfect pastimes, these seemed to have started a new craze amongst all the age categories, cutting across boundaries. This has been well tapped by various entrants into the field of home video games and Nintendo is one of them. Nintendo released its fifth home video game console by the name of Wii. This one is regarded to be part of the seventh generation of video games, along with Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox 360. It was unveiled in the E3 Press Conference in 2005, and by end of 2006 it got launched in the four key markets of the market.

The one feature that distinguishes the Wii from the rest is its Wii remote, which is a wireless controller. The console is connected with the controller wirelessly through Bluetooth. This Wii remote can also connect to other devices through a proprietary port that is placed at the base of the controller. The Nunchuk unit in the retail pack features an accelerometer and the standard analog stick with trigger buttons. To prevent unintentinal dropping of the Wii remote, an attachable wrist band is provided.

This handheld device detects acceleration in 3-dimensions, and is capable of receiving updates and messages from the internet in the standby mode. The gaming unit is one of the smallest and the lightest by the manufacturer uptil now. The operating system interface in the Nintendo Wii has the same concept as that of television channels. The arrangement of the channels can be changed by holding down the A and B buttons. The 6 primary channels in the Wii include Photo Channel, Mii Channel, Wii Shop Channel, Forecast Channel, the Disc Channel and News Channel.

According to a Nintendo spokesperson, the company plans to release a new version of the console with DVD-Video playback capabilities in the year 2007.

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