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Guide to the Different Wii Consoles

What's Available?

The Wii was introduced in 2006 and since that time 4 new Wii console configurations have been released.  Since the original release, no upgrades have been made to the console itself. Changes have been to the games included and the color. When considering which is the best Wii Console, it will depend on what games you are interested in.  
  • Jul 9, 2010: Sports and Sports Resort: Available in black or white
  • Nov 7, 2010: Sports and New Super Mario Bros: 25th Anniversary Limited Release in red only
  • May 5, 2011: Mario Kart: Available in black or white
  • Oct 23, 2011: New Super Mario Brothers and Mario Galaxy Soundtrack: Available in black only

What's the Difference?

Aside from the color and the game configurations the Wii console hardware is the same for the first 3  available configurations.  There are no console compatibility issues, all 3 available configurations come with 1 Console, 1 Remote Plus(motion plus built-in), 1 Nunchuk, 1 AV Cable, 1 Console Stand, and 1 AC Power Supply.  (The Mario Kart console also includes 1 Wii Wheel.)

The latest configuration which includes New Super Mario Brothers and a Super Mario Galaxy Soundtrack CD is the first change to the console hardware.  This black only release is no longer backwards compatible with  Nintendo's previous console, GameCube.  Additionally the console no longer includes a stand and will need to lay horizontally.  The rest of the hardware remains unchanged as no upgrades have been made to the technology.  All Wii games and accessories currently released and to be released are and will be compatible with all 4 console configurations. 

All 4 Wii Console configurations have the same capabilities and technology so choosing a bundle is as simple as deciding what games you want to play.  

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Wii Game Console Specifications (Latest 2011 Release)

  • 512MB of internal flash memory
  • 2 USB ports
  • Built in WiFi Access
  • Bluetooth remote technology - connect up to 4 remotes
  • Expansion Slot for 1 SD Memory Card
  • Processor: IBM PowerPC
  • Measures approx. 8.5"L x 1.75"W x 6"H
  • UL listed