Nintendo Wii Information, Fitting Guides, Repair Guides...
Here we have tried to organise all of the information we have regarding the Nintendo Wii video games console and specifically Wii console repairs, servicing and upgrading.
Nintendo Wii Information
|Fitting & Installation Guides||Console Information|
Wii Laser Replacement Guide
Models & Variations
Production & Availability
Forum (community support)
|Common Parts & Spares||Downloadable Files|
|Wii Disc Drive
Wii Mains Adapter
Wii Sensor Bar
All Wii Parts
* CPU: PowerPC-based "Broadway" processor, made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 729 MHz
* GPU: ATI "Hollywood" GPU made with a 90 nm CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 243 MHz
* 88 MB main memory (24 MB "internal" 1T-SRAM integrated into graphics package, 64 MB "external" GDDR3 SDRAM)
* 3 MB embedded GPU texture memory and framebuffer.
Ports and peripheral capabilities:
* Up to four Wii Remote controllers (connected wirelessly via Bluetooth)
* Nintendo GameCube controller ports (4)
* Nintendo GameCube Memory Card slots (2)
* SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards as of System Menu 4.0)
* USB 2.0 ports (2)
* Sensor Bar power port
* Accessory port on bottom of Wii Remote
* Optional USB keyboard input in message board, Wii Shop Channel, and the Internet Channel (as of 3.0 and 3.1 firmware update)
* Mitsumi DWM-W004 WiFi 802.11b/g wireless module
* Compatible with optional USB 2.0 to Ethernet LAN adaptor
* MultiAV output port for component, composite and S-Video
Built-in content ratings systems:
* BBFC, CERO, ESRB, OFLC, OFLC (NZ), PEGI, USK
* 512 MB built-in NAND flash memory
* Expanded storage via SD and SDHC card memory (up to 32 GB)
* Nintendo GameCube Memory Card (required for GameCube game saves)
* Slot-loading disc drive compatible with 8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc and 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
* Mask ROM by Macronix
* 480p (PAL/NTSC), 480i (NTSC) or 576i (PAL/SECAM), standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
* MultiAV multi-output port for component, composite, S-video, RGB SCART and VGA
* Main: Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
* Controller: Built-in speaker
* 18 watts when switched on
* 9.6 watts in standby with WiiConnect24 standby connection
* 1.3 watts in standby
Since its launch, the monthly sales numbers of the console have been higher than its competitors across the globe. According to the NPD Group, the Wii sold more units in the United States than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined in the first half of 2007.This lead is even larger in the Japanese market, where it currently leads in total sales, having outsold both consoles by factors of 2:1to 6:1nearly every week from launch until November 2007.In Australia, the Wii exceeded the record set by the Xbox 360 to become the fastest selling games console in Australian history.
On September 12, 2007, it was reported by the Financial Times that the Wii had surpassed the Xbox 360, which was released one year previously, and had become the market leader in home console sales for the current generation, based on sales figures from Enterbrain, NPD Group, and GfK.This is the first time a Nintendo console has led its generation in sales since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
On July 11, 2007, Nintendo warned that the Wii would remain in short supply throughout 2007. In December 2007, Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that Nintendo produces approximately 1.8 million Wii consoles each month.Some UK stores still had a shortage of consoles as of March 2007, demand still outpaced supply in the United States as of June 2007,and the console "selling out almost as quickly as it hits retail shelves" in Canada as of April 2008.In October 2008, Nintendo announced that between October and December 2008 the Wii will have its North American supplies increased considerably from 2007’s levels while producing 2.4 million Wii units a month worldwide, compared to 1.6 million per month in 2007.
In 2007, the Wii was the second best-selling game console (behind the Nintendo DS) in the US and Japan with 6.29 million and 3,629,361 units sold respectively, according to the NPD Group and Enterbrain. During the same year, the Wii had outsold the PlayStation 3 by 3:1 in Japan, while the Xbox 360 had sold 257,841 units in that region that year, according to Enterbrain. In Europe, the Wii sold 0.7 million units in 2006 and 4.8 million in 2007 according to estimates by Electronic Arts. In 2008, the Wii was the best-selling home console in Japan with 2,908,342 units sold, according to the Enterbrain. Prior to the release of the NPD Group's video game statistics for January 2008, the Wii has been ahead of the Xbox 360 and PS3 in US sales in most months since the Wii and PS3 were released, according to data by the NPD Group. In the United States, the Wii had sold 10.9 million units by July 1, 2008, making it the leader in current-generation home console sales, according to the NPD Group, surpassing the Xbox 360 which was released a year prior to the Wii. As of November 1, 2008, the Wii has sold 13.4 million units in the US, almost two million more than Xbox 360 and over twice the number of PlayStation 3 units sold, according to the NPD Group.
In Japan, the Wii had surpassed the number of Nintendo GameCube units sold by January 2008; the Wii has sold 7,526,821 units as of December 28, 2008, according to Enterbrain. According to the NPD Group, the Wii surpassed the Xbox 360 to become the best-selling "next generation" home video game console in Canada with 813,000 units sold by April 1, 2008, and was the best-selling home console for 13 of the past 17 months; in the first six months of 2008, the Wii had sold 318,000 units in Canada, outselling its nearest competitor, the PlayStation 3, almost 2:1.According to the NPD Group, the Wii has sold a total of 1,060,000 units in Canada as of August 1, 2008, making it the first current generation home console to surpass the million unit mark in that country; in the first seven months of 2008, the Wii outsold the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined with 376,000 units sold in Canada. In the United Kingdom, the Wii leads in current generation home console sales with 4.9 million units sold as of January 3, 2009, according to GfK Chart-Track. On March 25, 2009, at the Game Developers Conference, Satoru Iwata said that worldwide shipments of Wii had reached 50 million.
While Microsoft and Sony have experienced losses producing their consoles in the hopes of making a long-term profit on software sales, Nintendo reportedly has optimized production costs to obtain a significant profit margin with each Wii unit sold. On September 17, 2007, the Financial Times reported that this direct profit per Wii sold may vary from $13 in Japan to $49 in the United States and $79 in Europe. On December 2, 2008, Forbes reported that Nintendo makes a $6 operating profit per Wii unit sold.
On September 23, 2009, Nintendo announced its first price drops for the console. In the United States, the price was reduced by fifty dollars resulting in a new MSRP of $199.99, effective September 27, 2009. For Japan, the price will drop from ¥25,000 to ¥20,000, effective beginning October 1, 2009. In Europe (with the exception of the United Kingdom), the price of a Wii console dropped to €199 from €249.
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