The Wii (pronounced wee), known during development as Revolution, released in 2006, was the fifth video game console released by Nintendo, and the eleventh game system. The Wii was the successor to the GameCube and the predecessor of the Wii U. At launch, Nintendo stated that the Wii was meant to appeal to a broader demographic than that of either Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3. While the Wii was technically the weakest of the seventh generation of video game platforms, it was successful in its goal of being a family-oriented console. It sold over 90 million units, placing it well ahead of the Xbox 360.
The Wii was noted for its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which could be used as a hand-held pointing device and could detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. As of March 2011, no Final Fantasy games in the main series had been released on, or announced for, the Wii.
Like other consoles in the seventh generation, the Wii was an Internet-enabled device that had access to online multiplayer games, a Web browser and an RSS interpreter as well as to select streaming video services. The native RSS service, WiiConnect/24, was shut down in mid-June 2013. Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service, which enabled online features in select Wii games, was shut down in late May 2014. All Final Fantasy titles on the console were affected.
The standard-model Wii was also backward-compatible with GameCube hardware and software, excluding the WaveBird wireless controller and all add-on adapters designed for the prior system's expansion sockets.
In late 2011, a revision titled the Wii Family Edition (also called the RVL-101) was released. This Wii does not play GameCube games. It was not released in Australia and any Asian countries
Soon after the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo released a heavily cut-down version of the Wii, the Wii Mini (also called the RVL-201), in an attempt to address a lower price point. This variant uses a red/black color scheme and has a built-in top-load tray mechanism, but drops all backward compatibility and networking features, and not released in Australia and any Asian countries, like the Wii Family Edition.
Final Fantasy titles for Wii[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Related titles for Wii[edit | edit source]
Wii Shop Channel[edit | edit source]
- (NOTE: Nintendo has terminated the Wii Shop Channel as of January 30, 2019. The ability to redownload past purchases will remain for a limited time.)
WiiWare[edit | edit source]
WiiWare were downloadable games and applications specifically designed and developed for the Wii. The games and applications could only be purchased and downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel under the WiiWare and Channels sections. At the console's peak, WiiWare was touted as an avenue for developers with small budgets to release innovative, original, and smaller-scale games without the investment and risk of creating a title to be sold at retail.
Final Fantasy titles for WiiWare[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
- Crystal Defenders
Virtual Console[edit | edit source]
The Wii Virtual Console was a service for WiiWare that released games from past Nintendo consoles. It also included games from consoles whose publishers have since gone third-party, such as Sega, as well as arcade titles.
Final Fantasy titles for Virtual Console[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy II (Japan only)
- Final Fantasy III (Japan only)
- Final Fantasy IV (as II in NA)
- Final Fantasy V (Japan only)
- Final Fantasy VI (as III in NA)
- Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
References[edit | edit source]
- Wii Shop Discontinuation Q&A at Nintendo Support