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Written by Alex Terris   
Friday, 14 April 2006

Q: What is the Nintendo Wii?

A: The official name for the next console created by Nintendo. The Wii was originally codenamed the Revolution, but the official name was announced on the 27th April 2006.

Q: When will the Wii be released?

A:: There is not set release date yet, although Nintendo have announced that the Rev will be released in the US by Q4 2006.

Q: What's all the fuss about?

A:: Nintendo have decided to take a different direction to the general gaming industry by not trying to create the best graphics possible; instead attmpting to change how gamers interact with the console and games.

It is a big risk, as the Wii's graphics will not be up to the Xbox 360 or PS3's standard. However the controller; which is shaped like a TV remote and fitted with motion sensors; will mean that gamers movements can be translated into games. This will give gamers a whole new gaming experience, and should allow developers to be more creative and innovative.

For more information on the controller, take a look at the controller FAQ.

Q: Will I be able to play my DVD's on it?

A:: Yes. The disc drive will accept 12 cm Wii game discs, DVDs, and 8 cm GameCube game discs. For DVD movie playback you will need an small internal attachment.

Q:: Will the Wii be backwards compatible?

A:: Yes! Not only will you be able to play all our Gamecube games, you will also be able to download games from old consoles such as the NES. Sega and Hudson have both announced support for the so called "Virtual Console", allowing Wii owners to download games from the Mega Drive and the NEC PC engine.

Q: What are the technical specs of the Wii?

A:: In short, the Wii's specs are about 1.5 times the power of the Gamecube, and just short of the original Xbox. However there is more too it than that, so have a look at our Hardware FAQ.

Q:: What were the first screenshots released of the Wii?

A:: The first screenshots were of Ubisofts action game Red Steel. Take a look at them,and other Wii screenshots in the gallery.

Q:: Will the Wii have parental controls?

A:: Yes. The Wii will feature parental controls, allowing parents to restrict the content that their children have access too. It will allow parents to set an age rating for the console, and if a game which has an age rating higher than the consoles is inserted the game will require a password to beentered to run.

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New site and forums for Wii gamer by Lange at Wed 18 Jul 15:20

Hello everyone,
Due to the mass bot infestation, and main site being hacked, I made a new site here the forums can be found there as well. So any existing members coming back here please go to the new site. Also with are lack of activity(for a long time lol) in the new forums I hope to get it going again as i've submitted the fourms to search engine services to get new members.

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Everybody Loves Wii by chad60 at Wed 13 Jun 00:16

Definitely, Wii has become as the most popular and most sought after gaming console nowadays. It is different from the usual gaming equipment that we used to know of. Many factors were given as to the reason for resurgence of this most innovative games machine over a very short period of time. One is the cost which makes it even more affordable to those who are tight on budget. And the other are the games that went along with the product that requires a different method of playing them. It's a fun gaming machine and is the reason why it is very attractive to gamers and non-gamers of all ages.

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by Link at Tue 22 May 23:20

Both games look realy awsome. Im looking forward to SSBB more than MP3, but i still will get both.

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Win a Wii - With FANTA by tomgman at Sun 13 May 02:45

Hi i found this on and though i would just copy n paste for those who care

Cola-Cola Great Britain and Nintendo UK both have a big surprise to their respective consumers. Beginning May 14 until July 2007, there will be a total of 182 million specially marked packs of Fanta, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper all around the nation. Purchase these drinks and you give yourself a chance to win Ultimate Wii Games Rooms.

Ultimate Wii Games Rooms, just so you know, consists of a Nintendo Wii Console, Wii Sports game, Samsung 26" LCD TV, a mini fridge and a case each of 330ml Fanta, Sprite, and Dr Pepper. Do take note that all through out the promotion, ten of this will be given away - every day

"This promotion marks the start of an exciting summer of activity for our Flavoured Sparkling Beverage brands. The brand aspires to be a credible part of our teen consumers worlds and will reinforce this positioning by giving consumers access to the ultimate Wii experience," remarked Fanta Senior Brand Manager Simon Pick. Nintendo UK's Ben Taylor likewise added:

Wii is already the must have gadget of the year for people of all ages. This activity will re-enforce our message not just with with hardcore gamers but importantly will also reach everyone in the household including the mums and dads we also want to attract to our products.
The promotion was conceptualized with the help of communications agency BD-NTWK. It'll be marketed all around UK including new 20" and 30" TV advertisements, online advertising, and extensive PR activity with a multi-million pound budget.

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