The Wii Remote is the primary controller for the Nintendo Wii. It is different from other controllers because not only is it shaped like a TV remote instead of a traditional gaming controller, but it also has motion sensing technology via accelerometers and IR sensors. The Wii Remote is used in all Wii games. The Wii remote has a built in speaker and an extra connection port at the bottom which is used for connecting to the Nunchuk, Classic Controller, Wii Zapper (optional), Wii Wheel (optional) and the Wii MotionPlus case, and needs the Sensor Bar in order to work. The Wii Remote runs on two AA batteries, but can also be charged with a charging port, and it can also have some rechargeable lithium batteries.
The Wii Remote has 8 individual Buttons and 4 D-pad Buttons. Note: the Plus and Minus Buttons have the same use: pausing the game.
- Power Button
- A Button
- B Button
- 1 Button
- 2 Button
- Plus (+) Button
- Minus (-) Button
- Home Button
Strap and Jacket
The Wii Remote comes with a wrist strap attached to it and a jacket. They are used to prevent any damage from happening to the Wii Remote. The wrist strap prevents the player from dropping the Wii Remote, while the jacket prevents any damage from happening to the Wii Remote if it does get dropped or if it hits another object.
The Wii Remote comes in 5 colors palates (not including ones inspired from other games):
The Wii Remote uses IR technology for its pointing abilities. The IR sensors on the front of the remote detect the IR LEDs of the sensor bar and use their location to triangulate where you are pointing on the screen. The use of this technology is mainly for navigating menus and to select things on the screen. It has the ability to sense when the sensor is covered, meaning that if you do cover it, it will not be able to select anything.
The Wii Remote has the ability to sense acceleration along three axes through the use of an Analog Devices ADXL330 accelerometer.
The Wii Remote has an speaker on the face of the controller. This will amplify sounds in a game to come out of the Wii Remote.
The Wii remote has a 128kbit/16kB EEPROM chip. 6 kilobytes of this can be read and written by programs. Some of the memory was used to allow to save up to 10 Miis in the Wii Remote. These Miis can be transfrred to another Wii. The rest of the memory is used for storing game data.
This piece of technology is used to capture the laser pointed with the Wii Remote and apply it to the television it is hooked up to.
The Nunchuk is the secondary attachment to the Wii Remote. It is equipped with 2 more Buttons: C and Z. It lacks a speaker, pointer and rumble function that the primary controller has.
This is the main controller the main attributes equipped, with motion sensors, 4 gameplay Buttons (A, B, 1 and 2), along with 2 pause Buttons.
An optional attachment that is meant to exchange the feel of shooting games, by having a chassis framed like a gun, with the Wii a remote being held vertically to be pointed at the screen.
An optional attachment that is meant enhance the feel of racing games, by having a plastic chassis framed like a wheel. The Wii Remote is held horizontally.
The Wii MotionPlus is a Wii Remote enhancing device that increases the sensitivity of the Wii Remote so that MotionPlus compatible games feel more realistic by making movement less frantic/glitchy.