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The Wii is Nintendo's 5th major gaming console, intended to succeed the Nintendo GameCube and compete with the Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. All consoles come with the game Wii Sports, which was something unique to a console release. Its American release date was November 19th at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $249.99, and December 7th in Australia with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $399.99.[3]

The Legend of Zelda Games[]

Other Games[]

Virtual Console[]

Backwards Compatible[]

Games on the Virtual Console can be played using different controllers. NES games can be played using the Wii Remote. The Classic Controller can be used for any game, although its design is best suited for SNES games. The GameCube Controller, while also universal, is best suited for GameCube and N64 games.

It should be noted that N64 games do not support force feedback, despite the GameCube controller being equipped with built-in vibration. This is due to the N64 controller requiring an expansion pack for force-feedback. However, the GameCube releases of the N64 Zelda games did support a rumble function.

Because the GameCube Controller has a different design than the N64 controller, the buttons have been redesigned. The most notable changes are the Z button being mapped to the L button, which is placed in a similar location to the old Z button. Also, the C-Stick accounts for the C-buttons (although the X/Y/Z buttons also work). The C-Stick is logical since it has the same color and is also labeled C.


Although Nintendo strives to release each game unaltered, there have been some notable changes to the Zelda titles. In The Legend of Zelda, the intro story was entirely rewritten. For example, "All of treasures" was corrected to "All treasures" in the introduction, to make better grammatical sense (although "look up the manual for details" remains unaltered). Ocarina of Time saw an emulation in the Virtual Console of the version that omitted all Muslim references.

Family Edition[]

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The Wii Family Edition

The Wii Family Edition is a revised model of the Wii released at a reduced price in 2011 on October 23 and November 4 in North America and Europe, respectively.[1][2] The Wii Family Edition is designed to sit uniquely in the horizontal position.[4] It is not compatible with GameCube games and accessories.[5]

In North America, a blank version of the Wii comes bundled with a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a copy of the Super Mario Galaxy Original Soundtrack CD.[6] In Europe, the Wii Family Edition comes bundled with a Wii MotionPlus Remote and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Party.[7]

The Wii Family Edition was not made to replace the original Wii model; the latter is still being sold as normal.

Wii Mini[]

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The Wii Mini

A completely different model of the Wii, called the Wii Mini, was released in Canada in 2012 and in Europe in 2013. Like the Family Edition, the Wii Mini does not support GameCube games or peripherals. The Wii Mini also does not have any internet capabilities and does not include an SD card slot. The Wii Mini also features a top-loading disc drive, like that of the GameCube, instead of the original Wii's slot-loading drive.


  • The Wii is the first Nintendo console to have a The Legend of Zelda title available at launch (not counting the Famicom Disk System add-on) with the Nintendo Switch being the second.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name
Japan Japanese ウィー ()
Federal Republic of Germany German Wii


External Links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Nintendo Magazine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nintendo News
  3. "It will appear in 25,000 retail locations with an MSRP of $249.99."Live from New York -- It's the Wii Conference, 1UP.com, published September 14, 2006.
  4. "The console is designed to sit horizontally, so say goodbye to those stands."New slim Wii announced, won't play GameCube games, Destructoid, published August 17, 2011, retrieved December 10, 2011.
  5. ". . .the new system will no longer play GameCube titles."New slim Wii announced, won't play GameCube games, Destructoid, published August 17, 2011, retrieved December 10, 2011.
  6. "The new bundle will include the newly configured black Wii, a copy of New Super Mario Bros Wii and a copy of the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD."New black Wii bundle includes Mario CD, The Official Nintendo Magazine, published October 11, 2011, retrieved December 10, 2011.
  7. "A bundle with the new system has been announced for Europe and will come with one Wii MotionPlus Remote, Wii Sports, and Wii Party."New slim Wii announced, won't play GameCube games, Destructoid, published August 17, 2011, retrieved December 10, 2011.