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Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a Japanese playing card company. That was the companies original purpose under the founder and owner Fusajiro Yamauchi. Eventually, the one man company began to grow and Yamauchi began hiring other staff workers. Soon after that, Nintendo became a Japanese household name, yet eventually Yamauchi retired and his son and law took over. During this time, the cards went main-stream and even included Disney characters on them.
During the 1960 s, Nintendo became a very unique company running various odd jobs. The company soon branched off into a taxi cab company, a hotel business, and even vacuum designers. However, all these branches failed and Nintendo went back to what they did best entertainment.
In the early 1980 s, Nintendo launched the Game and Watch system. These little LCD systems gave players a compactable game system where they could play a mini-game known as Game and Watch. Soon after launching, the reaction was nothing short of success and this set the stage for Nintendo s first home console the Nintendo Entertainment System.
After the success of the Game and Watch and the Family Computer system (Famicom, launched only in Japan basically became the prototype of the NES), Nintendo was ready to launch the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES was soon manufactured and was
released in the United States in 1985. The system featured such classic games as Super Mario, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda. Even to this day nobody can deny that the NES set the stage for Nintendo s success today.
In 1990, Nintendo rolled the dice again and launched the Super Famicom in Japan. Once again, Nintendo had amazing success in unprecedented numbers bracing fans for an American release. Well, the fans got what they wished for as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES launched worldwide. To many people, this system was arguably one of the greatest and featured some of the greatest games. Some of the games included Super Metroid, Super Mario All-stars, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and of course the Final Fantasy series. However around 1995 the SNES chapter was slowly coming to an end and Nintendo now was ready to launch its first 3D capable system. This system soon became known as the Nintendo 64.
On June 23rd, 1996, the Nintendo 64 found itself on the shelves of stores in Japan. This system was one of the most unique consoles because it offered a lot of special abilities including 3D graphics. On September 29th, 1996, the N64 appeared in America and Canada and the success topped any other Nintendo systems to that date. The Nintendo 64 also featured such classics as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Paper Mario, and Super Mario 64. The system became one of the most popular gaming styles of the time and even still the games can be found at stores such as GameCrazy. Yet however a new system was on it s way the so called Project Dolphin began to overshadow the N64 and the Dolphin soon found a name the Gamecube was coming.
Now, the year is 2001. The console war is coming the Playstation 2 representing Sony, Xbox representing Microsoft, and the Gamecube representing Nintendo. The highly hyped Gamecube was ready to make its launch and it sure did. However, the Gamecube finished last in the war. Yet that didn t stop Nintendo enthusiasts. The compact disc type games offered gamers some of the best games out there
including The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker, Resident Evil 4, Super Smash Brothers Melee, and of course Metroid Prime. However, now the Gamecubes life is coming to a close and Nintendo is ready to move forward move forward with a new revolution in gaming moving on with the Wii.________________________________________
_______________________________________Revolution: A sudden, radical, or complete change.
Nobody can deny that around E3 2005, the life of the Gamecube was at its peak. However, it would soon be declining. So at E3 2005, a new in-home console was announced. This in-home console was key name Revolution. This system is supposedly going to be the most radical and completely innovative.
The Revolution (Soon named Wii) said to be the slickest in-home console ever. Being only about the height of 3 or 4 DVDs, the Revolution would be the smallest console in the next-gen race. Coming in various colors, you can also customize the look of the Wii to your liking.
The rest of the system looks like any other system having a power, reset, and eject button, as well as a CD tray. In the back, there are the usual AV and A/C adapters and plugs. There is also a tray that houses USB ports which are to be used for the Virtual Console.
Also, a synchronize button that will synchronize wireless ontrolling to the console.
Unlike the other systems in the next-gen competition, the Wii doesn t support High Definition. It does however support Enhanced Definition, a more watered down version of HD. Sound wise; the Wii will support Dolby Pro Logic II. This will keep the price low
and the sound up!
Also, Nintendo has confirmed the use of massive storage within the USB port. This will allow you to save virtual discs, save to games, and other media extras. However, you will probably need to buy various plug-ins to extend the amount of information you wish to save.________________________________________
- CPU: IBM PowerPC processor codenamed "Broadway" (made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process)
- GPU: ATI "Hollywood" (made with a 90 nm CMOS process, contains embedded DRAM made by NEC Electronics)
1T-SRAM (amount unknown) Ports and peripheral capabilities:
- Up to four Wii Remote controllers (connected wirelessly via Bluetooth)
- One SD memory card slot
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- One Sensor Bar port
- Four Nintendo GameCube controller ports
- Two Nintendo GameCube memory card ports
- Compatible with optional USB 2.0 Ethernet LAN adaptor
- 512 MB built-in flash memory
- Expansion available via [SD card memory and USB mass storage]
- Slot-loading disc drive compatible with:
- 12cm Wii optical disc (4.7 GB Single layer or 8.7 GB Dual Layer)
- 8cm GameCube optical disc
- DVD Video (optional additional purchase)
Built-in content ratings systems:
- PEGI, ESRB, CERO, and OFLC
- Wi-Fi by Broadcom
- Standardized Bluetooth by Broadcom
- Up to 480p and will work with a computer monitor as well as any TV or projector
- Component (including Progressive scan), composite or S-Video output
- 16:9 support
- Main: Stereo - Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
- Controller: Built-in speaker
Ah, the controller. This is what the Wii is really all about. However, what makes the Wii s controller so special? Well motion sensing for one. Using motion sensing, you can actually use the controller to move how you want in the game. This can bring the game to seem lifelike and can be used in various games. The Wii remote, or Wii-mote, is also as slick as the system. Being the shape of a normal TV controller, the Wii-mote is perfect for first person shooters. I mean, the idea of free-hand is just mind-blowing enough.
However, if you re not used to it, an add-on known as the nun-chuck will make the controller a bit more normal. The nun-chuck ill be used in games such as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super
Also, for the classic games you downloaded off the virtual console, a normal controller will be issued. This controller looks like the typical NES controller and has the same buttons as the normal controllers. This will allow a more typical game session for most people.________________________________________
Another interesting part of the Wii is online capabilities. Using Wi-Fi connection, you will be able to go online and play with other gamers and download from the virtual console. Using something known as WiiConnect24, Nintendo can make software updates, downloads, and other such while your system is off. Just imagine the possibilities.
Also, multiplayer will happen much like the way the DS uses it. Connecting via Wi-Fi you will be able to play with gamers all over the world. Imagine some new possibilities. Perhaps more features in an Animal Crossing or even a new Mario Kart where racing just keeps on rolling via WI-Fi.
Also, perhaps just like the DS, a web-browser possibility for the Wii. That could open up all kinds of doors for Nintendo and the Wii. I mean just think, checking your e-mails and then heading into a multi-player game via the Wi-Fi connection.
Online wise for Nintendo, the sky is the limit. It looks like Nintendo has been doing there homework. That homework will ultimately turn into one heck of a good deal for gamers like us though.________________________________________
Nintendo has also confirmed that the Wii will be backwards compatible. That means you can play Gamecube games directly on your Wii. You will also be able to use your Gamecube controller directly on your Wii. This will help you feel more comfortable
You will also be able to download previous games from any in-home Nintendo console, and the Sega Genesis! Yes, using the Virtual Console, you can download older games and play them right on your Wii. Below is a partial list of games playable for backwards
10-Yard Fight, Anticipation Balloon Fight, Barker Bill's Trick Shooting, Baseball, Clu Clu Land, Dance Aerobics, Devil World, Doki Doki Panic, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Classics, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Dr. Mario, Dragon Warrior,
Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Famicom Wars, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem Gaiden, Fire Emblem: Ankokuryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy Golf Gum Shoe Gyromite, Hogan's Alley, Ice Climber, Ice Hockey, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Taito), Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure, Kung Fu, Mach Rider, Mario Bros., Mario Time Machine, Mario is Missing!, Metroid, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Mother NES, Open Golf Nintendo World Cup, Nuts & Milk, Pin-Bot Pinball Pinbot, Play Action Football, Popeye Pro Wrestling, Punch-Out!!, R.C. Pro-Am Rad Racer Rad Racer 2,
Short Order/Eggsplode Slalom, Snake Rattle & Roll Soccer Stack Up, Star Tropics, Super Mario Bros. Track Meet, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels Super, Mario Bros. 3,
Super Spike V'Ball, Super Team Games, Tennis, Tetris, Tetris 2, The Legend of Zelda, To The Earth, Urban Champion Volleyball, Wario's Woods, Wild Gunman, World Class, Track Meet, World Cup, Soccer, Wrecking Crew, Yoshi (Mario & Yoshi), Yoshi's Cookie, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics II.
Derby, Stallion 98, Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, EarthBound, F-Zero FX Fighter, Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo, Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776,
Hyper V-Ball, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run, Killer Instinct, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Avalanche, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Dream Land 3,
Kirby's Ghost Trap, Mario Paint Mario and Wario Mario is Missing!, Mario's Early Years: Fun With Letters, Mario's Early Years: Fun With Numbers, Mario's Early Years: Preschool, Fun Mario's Super Picross, Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge, NCAA Basketball, NHL Stanley Cup, Panel de Pon Picross NP Vol. 8 PilotWings, Shigesato Itoi's No. 1 Bass Fishing Sound, Fantasy Star Fox Stunt Race, FX Super Famicom Wars ,Super Mario All-Stars Super Mario Kart Super Mario RPG:Legend of the Seven Stars, Super Mario World, Super Metroid ,Super Punch-Out!! , Super Scope 6 ,Super Soccer ,Super Soccer 2, Super Tennis ,Tetris & Dr. Mario, Tetris 2, Tetris Attack, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Tinstar Uniracers (Unirally), Wario's Woods Winter Gold (FX Skiing), World League Baseball Yoshi's Cookie Yoshi's Island:, Super Mario World 2
SimCity 64, 10800 Snowboarding, Animal Forest, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Blast Corps, Bomberman 64, Bomberman, Hero Buggie, Boogie Cabbage, Catroots, Climber Command & Conquer Creator, Cruis'n USA, Cruis'n World, Custom Robo, Custom Robo V2, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64 ,Doubutsu Banchon, Dr. Mario 64 ,Echo-Delta Emperor of the Jungle, Excitebike 64 ,F-Zero ,X Gendai Dai-Senryaku: Ultimate War, GoldenEye 007 Hey You, Pikachu!, Jack and the Beanstalk, Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest Killer Instinct , Gold Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards ,Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr, Mario Golf ,Mario Kart 64 Mario Party ,Mario Party 2 ,Mario Party 3 ,Mario Tennis 64 ,Mickey's Speedway USA , Mini Racers, Mischief Makers
Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2, NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant , Paper Mario, Perfect Dark Pilotwings 64, Pokemon Puzzle League, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, Pokemon Stadium: Gold, Silver, Crystal Version, Ridge Racer 64, Shigesato Itoi's No. 1 Bass Fishing, Sin and Punish Judgement: Successor to the Earth ,Star Fox 64 ,Star Wars Episode I: Racer ,Star Wars: Battle for Naboo, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire , StarCraft 64 ,Super Mario 64 ,Super Smash
Bros. ,Tetrisphere, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The New Tetris ,Waialae Country Club: True Golf Classics, Wave Race 64 ,Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey, Yoshi's Story.
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