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The two most common colors for the Wii
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Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Home console
Release date(s) United States of America November 9, 2006
Japan December 2, 2006
Europe December 8, 2006
Australia December 7, 2006
Media Wii Optical Disc, GameCube Game Disc, Digital distribution
  • Wii Remote
  • Wii Classic Controller
  • Nintendo GameCube Controller
  • Nintendo DS
  • Wii Balance Board
Predecessor Nintendo GameCube
Successor Wii U

The Wii is Nintendo's fifth home gaming console and competed with the Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3 in the seventh generation of video games. The original model was first released in late 2006 and produced until 2013. Two redesigned models, the "Wii Family Edition" and "Wii Mini", were released later, the latter of which is still available in some countries. The main input for the console is the controller, called the Wii Remote, which has motion and tilt sensitivity, and a plug for control extensions on the bottom. The console has an installment in the Animal Crossing series, entitled Animal Crossing: City Folk, released on November 16, 2008 in the United States and on December 5 for PAL regions.


The Wii has various methods of inputting commands like the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and the GameCube (GCN) controller. Most games that have recently been released are supporting these functions by giving the player optional input method like Wii Remote turned on its side.

Special controllers have been released for this console, like the Wii Balance Board, primarity used for the best-selling Wii Fit. The Wii Wheel is a plastic shell that came with Mario Kart Wii that allows the Wii Remote to sit in comfortably and provides the player with a better gaming experience. The Wii Zapper came with Link's Crossbow Training and is primarily used for first-person shooters such as Resident Evil 4. The Wii MotionPlus, the latest controller, was released in June 2009 and is included with Wii Sports Resort. The MotionPlus offers true 1:1 control. It is now built inside the Wii Remote (renamed Wii Remote Plus due to this).


Mii Channel[edit]

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The Mii Channel is one of the preinstalled channels for the Wii. It is based on a Japanese game. It was released in North America on November 9, 2006, in Japan on December 2, 2006, in Australia on December 7, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006. On the Mii Channel, players can create Miis, virtual characters that can represent them on various games. One of these games is Animal Crossing: City Folk, where players can get a Mii Mask at Shampoodle by selecting "Makeover." The first makeover is free, while any more after that cost 3,000 Bells.

Nintendo Channel[edit]

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The Nintendo Channel was another channel for the Wii console. It gave players updates on new games and videos. In the City Folk section there were videos to help keep track of current Animal Crossing news. The Nintendo Channel ceased functioning on June 28, 2013, due to the disconnection of WiiConnect24.

Playable Animal Crossing games[edit]

Wii Games[edit]

Game JP Release Date International Release date
Animal Crossing: City Folk 2008 2008

Backwards compatibility[edit]

Game JP Release date International release date Available By
Doubutsu no Mori+ 2001 N/A GameCube Disc
Animal Crossing N/A 2002 GameCube Disc
Doubutsu no Mori e+ 2003 N/A GameCube Disc