The Wii Remote.

The Wii Remote is the primary controller for the Nintendo Wii. It is also commonly called the Wiimote. It is different from other controllers because not only is it shaped like a TV remote instead of a traditional gaming controller, it also has motion sensing technology via accelerometers and IR sensors. The Wii Remote or "Wiimote" 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, and Wii Wheel, Wii MotionPlus. The Wii Remote is run on two AA batteries.

Buttons

The Wii Remote has 8 individual buttons and 4 D-pad buttons.

Individual buttons:

  • Power button
  • A button
  • B button
  • 1 button
  • 2 button
  • Plus (+) button
  • Minus (-) button
  • Home button

D-pad buttons:

  • Up
  • Down
  • Left
  • Right

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.

Colors

The Wii Remote comes in 5 colors:

  • White
  • Black
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Blue

Features

Sensing

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 but has been used in other applications for example the Internet Channel. It has the ability to sense when the sensor is covered. For example, in a WarioWare: Smooth Moves mini game, if you do not uncover the sensor, the drink will not spray on people.

The Wii Remote has the ability to sense acceleration along three axes through the use of an Analog Devices ADXL330 accelerometer.

Speaker

The Wii Remote has an speaker on the face of the controller. For example, in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, when the player uses a bow, the sounds of the remote and television change to simulate the arrow traveling away from the player.

Memory

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.

Expansions

Nunchuk

The Nunchuk is a attachment to the Wii Remote that is required for some games.

Classic controller

Wii Zapper

Wii Wheel

Wii MotionPlus

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.

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