If you've missed my last two blogs you can find them here-
- End of the 7th Generation of Gaming- Part 1
- End of the 7th Generation of Gaming- Part 2
- End of the 7th Generation of Gaming- Part 3
The Nintendo Wii U was released last year worldwide along with the PlayStation Vita in that same year and pretty much was the start of the 8th Generation of Gaming when you think about it. We should not forget about the Nintendo Wii which was released back in 2006 around the same month as the PlayStation 3 was released.
The code name original was going to be called Nintendo "Revolution" until April 2006 immediately before E3, with the success of the GameCube to hard-core gamers Nintendo still wanted to be the perfect console for everyone. Nintendo Wii is in fact more family friendly on most games released for it but Nintendo still made games for the hard-core gamers out there with titles like Legend of Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles and Super Smash Brothers Brawl; the family friendly side games like Wii Sports brought families together both young and old. This was Nintendo's biggest selling point between 2006 and 2013 people still play games together with their friends or family it was a clever idea, people still bought games that either got a poor review or a decent review if it was a third-party game or a game that had multiplayer support for more than 2 players.
Different to the PlayStation and Xbox controller, the Nintendo Wii controller may look like a TV remote it uses a combination of built-in accelerometers and infrared detection to sense its position in 3D space when pointed at the LEDs in the Sensor Bar. It allows users to control the game with physical gestures as well as button-presses. The controller connects to the console using Bluetooth with an approximate 30 ft and features rumble and an internal speaker. The Wii Remote can connect to expansion devices through a proprietary port at the base of the controller. Bundled with the Wii retail package is the Nunchuk unit, which features an accelerometer and a traditional analog stick with two trigger buttons. In addition, an attachable wrist strap can be used to prevent the player from unintentionally dropping or throwing the Wii Remote. The Wii controller also supported two AA batteries in the back of the controller or you can either charge your controllers because the Nintendo released and third-party companies released accessories for the Wii system chargers are still cheap from today and can easily be bought from almost anywhere. You even had choices on what kind of controller you wanted to use for most games for the Wii such as the Wii Remote as a 2D pad or a classic game controller or even use a GameCube controller.
Unlike the PS3 and 360 that had a memory storage, the Wii console contain 512 megabytes of internal flash memory and features an SD card slot which can be used for uploading photos and backing up data and save game data including downloadable titles from Nintendo Wii Shop Channel. The menu screen interface was designed to emulate Television Channels using the Wii Remote you can simply click on what channel on the menu you want to go on from loading up a game in your Wii or heading over to BBC IPlayer or even checking the weather. The Nintendo Wii also supported backward compatibility with GameCube games this gave both gamers and newcomers a chance to play some GameCube classics on their Nintendo Wii but you would need a GameCube controller in order to play games on it, speaking of classic games you can also download NES and SNES games from the Nintendo Shop Channel.
Nintendo also released Wii Fit back in 2008 which was an exercise game consisting of activities using the Wii Balance Board peripheral. Wii Fit is currently the third best-selling console in history. Players used the Wii Balance Board for exercise including yoga, strength training, aerobics and balance games. The idea has also been used for Physiotherapy rehabilitation and has been adopted by various health clubs around the world. The Balance Board has also been used for other games for the Wii as well such as Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, Punch-Out! and Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party.
During the years Nintendo Wii had sold millions worldwide and seeing cheap knock-off accessories in most stores and supermarkets. Nintendo discounted the Wii last month for Japan and Europe but they also released Wii Mini which was released this year which was a smaller design of the console but had no online support. However the Nintendo Wii U was released just last year worldwide but already the sales for the Wii U had a bumpy start on its sales and trying to keep up with the likes of the Sony and Microsoft but already the sales on the Wii U are slowly picking up with positive reviews and strong sales from games like Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World.
What have been your favourite games and moments on the Nintendo Wii?
So with the 8th Generation of Gaming already began will you be picking up a Wii U, PS4 or Xbox One? Or will you wait til they release more good games for the system?
Yes there will be a Part 5 on The End of the 7th Generation of Gaming, so I'm not finished with this Generation just yet.