Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Nintendo Wii

One has to experience Wii to understand how user friendly it is. The ease of use and interactivity of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk allows for a unique social gaming experience for the whole family and not just fpr children. It is just not games to be played. You can have a reason for a get together justfpr the sake of Wii games console and enjoy them. While the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360both emphasize their impressive graphical capabilities, Nintendo downplays the importance of graphics on its new console.

While the PS3 and the Xbox 360 both use conventional game pads bristling with buttons, control sticks, and directional pads, the Wii uses a device that looks more like a TV remote than a gamepad to control its games but the gamble has paid off. The Wii has become a runaway hit, so popular that it remains difficult to find it in stock. It's strange, it's different, and it's not as powerful as its competitors, but the Nintendo Wii succeeds in its primary mission: it's fun to play.

The Wii box includes everything you need to hook the system up to a standard television: the Wii console, a wireless controller with nunchuk adapter, the sensor bar, a cradle (for mounting the console vertically), the Wii's modestly sized power adapter, and a set of composite A/V cables. Unfortunately, composite cables don't support the Wii's top resolution of 480p, so you will want to purchase a set of Wii component cables also which is sold separately.It is just a small box at 1.75 inches high by 6.25 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep when oriented horizontally and is available in an ipod white. You can either lay it on the ground or stand it vertically. This console has got a slot loading feature which accepts Wii discs and older GameCube discs without the need for adapter.

The Wii's simple design makes it very easy to connect up. Since there are only five ports, one for the power adapter, one for the proprietary A/V cable, one for the sensor bar, and two USB ports for future accessories, you just have to plug in the sensor bar and put it either on top or under your television, plug the video cable into your TV, and plug the power cable into the wall, and there you have finished setting the console up and ready to play games.

The Wii's default channels are a weather forecast channel, a news channel, a message channel, a photo channel, and the cute avatar-generating Mii channel. The channel home page is the system's default gateway, which also provides access to the disc-based Wii/GameCube games and Virtual Console titles.You can display and edit photos where the emphasis is on imaging and editing.Only when 1000 photos are loaded through the SD card slot you can view them individually, browse them in album view.Virtual Console plays classic video games from generations past like NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and Turbografix-16 titles, and recently expandedNeo-Geo titles. Nintendo currently boasts a library of over a hundred classic games, with new titles added every week.You can shop for the virtual console games online at the Wii shop using the Wii points, just browse through the various games available there and just click download and confirm the purchase.

Virtual console games once downloaded appears on the main menu as individual channels, you can just select the channel and start playing the game. For SNES, Genesis, and N64 games, however, you'll need either an old GameCube controller plugged into one of the system's GC ports or the Wii Classic Controller plugged into your Wiimote. Since old school games have no wide screen support, your games will be stretched and to settle the issue you have to set your television into a 4:3 aspect ratio and change over to wide screen with new games.
Infrared sensors are used to determine the remotes orientation with regard to the television. IR diodes in the Winmote serves as a pointer for navigating menus and aiming weapons in first person shooters. this system takes a little time for you to get used to but once you get used to this this will feel more natural than using an analog stick. Since we have got used to the traditional console controllers we need to get acclimatized to this new one. since we cannot get winmote's controls manually calibrated we have to depend and trust their automatic calibration.

The Wii comes with a nunchuk attachment, which has an analog stick and two additional buttons and a motion sensing equipment, so that it can be shaken and rocked for additional actions. For example, shaking the nunchuk in Twilight Princess executes a spinning slash attack.This comes with two AA batteries to power the accelerometers, IR sensors, Bluetooth radio, speaker, rumble module, and any attachments you need to plug in. The Nunchuk draws power from the batteries since it does not have separate power.You have no charger coming with this and so you would need to buy atleast4 rechargeable batteries or a third party solution of Wii Charge station. All these come separately.

Wii also features Nintendo's Virtual Console, a library of games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and Turbografix-16 systems. Games can be purchased and downloaded over Nintendo's online Wii Store, where they are stored on the Wii's system memory or SD card but cannot be downloaded and played elsewhere as the games are tied up with the id.There is no surround sound in the Wii, only has Dolby Prologic II matrixed surround. Wii is just focusing on delivering the fun and game play and comes out very cheap compared to the other high end operators in this field. The Wiimote and its motion-sensing, pseudo-virtual-reality controls are the biggest draws of the console, and its online capabilities, Wii Channels, Virtual Console, and GameCube backward-compatibility are just a thick, sweet layer of icing on an already tasty cake. Likewise, you will not be disappointed at the Wii as it is the only home console that lets you play games featuring nostalgic Nintendo-only franchises such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid and that too in a cheaper price bracket.

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