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Official Nintendo Wii Specifications

by Paul Strauss

Hot off Nintendo’s presses, we bring you the FINAL system specifications for the Wii video game console…

Nintendo Wii Official Photo

Launch Date and MSRP: Nov. 19, 2006, in the Americas at an MSRP of $249.99.

Color: White.

Size: About 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide and less than two inches thick (157mm x 215.4mm x 44mm).

Controls: Intuitive control for anyone using the physical motion of the Wii Remote controller, which resembles a television remote control. Up to four Wii Remote controllers can be connected at once using wireless Bluetooth technology. The wireless signal can be detected within 10 meters of the console. Both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk

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Comments (3):

  1. Bobby says:

    Regarding the Nintendo Wii.
    I don’t agree with the Specification on some websites specially the CPU. We know the Wii is cheap but that doesn’t mean its going to have a CPU like the Old
    XBOX 1. For example if you purchased a Pentium 4 a few years ago and it was a 2Ghz speed with that same price you can get a much faster Core2 Duo family CPU today. The price they paid for the old Gamecube components can get them better components today.

    I have seen a lot of websites quoting this “729MHZ” CPU speed probably because it comes from the same source. But they come to this conclusion because on the Wii’s IBM Broadway CPU “BWYC-72914” is etched on it. So they take 729 and tell people that this is the clock speed of the CPU.

    If that was the case then it should be 72.9GHZ because it says BWYC-72914 on the chip this is very foolish. This has nothing to do with clock Speed.

    The point is that the Wii is a single core system and the PS3 and XBOX360 are multi-core CPU systems and thats one of the reason why Nintendo aren’t telling us the true Spec. But people can’t say that its speed is like that of XBOX1 or Gamecube because the Wii is far more superior then those old systems, and I am sure in the future it will compete closely against the XBOX-360
    think about the PS2’s achievements, games like Final fantasy xii(12) looked better then XBOX1.

    My friend is a computer technician and engineer and he hooked up a device that tells him clock speeds of processors he showed me a Pentium 4 CPU running at 3GHZ and his digital Meter device showed 2.99Ghz.

    After that he took apart his Wii and hooked up his Meter close to the CPU of the Wii and when he turned it on the reading was 2.3 to 3.0GHZ it was bouncing but when he ran a game it stayed close to 2.7GHZ. The device looked similar to a Oscilloscope. I am not a expert so I dont know what points on the Wii’s motherboard he used but I saw the results with my eyes.

    Another point to make is that the XBOX 1 and the GameCube used a 0.18 micron technology but the Wii uses a 90 nm SOI technology (90 billionths of a meter). -The size of the poly-silicon gate in the microprocessor This feature size has a direct correlation to the speed and power requirements of the microprocessor. As feature sizes are reduced, the process speed (MHz/GHz) increases while the power requirements decrease correspondingly.

    XBOX1/Gamecube = 0.18 Wii = 0.09 Micron /90nm. The smaller the better.

    The Gamecube used a Custom IBM Power PC 485 MHz and the alleged Wii’s CPU runs at 729Mhz thats 244Mhz more this is insignificant why would Nintendo make a new CPU at this speed its illogical.

    Don’t forget that the Wii plays Gamecube games too and that needs power. Have a look at the XBOX 360’s backward compatibility errors and you will know what I am talking about. It needs a lot of CPU power and Wii does it perfect.

    This is what IBM and Nintendo said:

    Ron Martino (IBM): “Silicon on Insulator technology from IBM helps deliver to Nintendo a generous improvement in processing power while achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption.”

    Genyo Takeda (Nintendo): “The Wii system is far more complex than that of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube.”

    I know the graphics of the Wii at the moment looks rubbish but in the future it will improve.
    If you play WarioWare Inc.: Mega Party Game$ on the Gamecube and from that you had a guess of the Speed of the Gamecube’s CPU you would say it was the same as the Gameboy Advance so don’t judge the Wii on how a game running on it looks.

    So, with that said I would just add lastly that there are lots of people out there that hate the Wii and are trying to make it look bad
    so don’t believe everything negative you read about the Wii.

  2. Victoria says:


    I am a big Nintendo Wii fan and love reading around blogs and articles like this one. So thanks for posting some interesting stuff.

    I found this article on why it can be argues that the Nintendo Wii has changed the world we live in, and I think it’s pretty cool. have a read if you like:




  3. Brad says:

    Nintendo wii rules yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

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