The Nintendo Wii is the fifth home video game console made by Nintendo for the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was released November 19, 2006, with Second Opinion, a remake of the DS's Under the Knife, as a launch title. New Blood was added to the Trauma Center repertoire on November 20, 2007.

Technical specificationsEdit

Nintendo has released few technical details regarding the Wii system, but some key facts have leaked through the press. Though none of these reports has been officially confirmed, they generally point to the console as being an extension or advancement of the Nintendo GameCube architecture. More specifically, the reported analyses state that the Wii is roughly 1.5 to 2 times as powerful as its predecessor.


  • CPU: PowerPC-based "Broadway" processor, made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process, reportedly† clocked at 729 MHz[64]
  • 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
  • Nintendo GameCube Memory Card slots
  • SD memory card slot
  • USB 2.0 ports
  • 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* Multi-output port for component, composite or S-Video

Built-in content ratings systems:



  • 512 MB built-in NAND flash memory
  • Expanded storage via SD card memory (up to 2 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
  • AV multi-output port for component, composite, S-video, RGB SCART and VGA


  • Main: Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
  • Controller: Built-in speaker

Power consumption:

  • 18 watts when switched on
  • 1.3 watts in standby