A feature unique to the Wii is the console's wireless controller, the Wii Remote (or "Wii-mote"), which may be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. The controller also contains a speaker and a rumbling device to provide sensory feedback. The console has a
stand-by feature entitled WiiConnect24, enabling it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while consuming very little electrical power
Nintendo unveiled the system under the Revolution code name in 2005 at its E3 press conference. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's President, revealed a prototype of the system's game controller at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show during his keynote speech in September. Wii also boasted the longest line in E3 history, a
four hour wait to get into the booth with additional waiting time to play a game demo. The console is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2006 with no more than four months difference between the first and last launching regions.
Wii boasts 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, two USB 2.0 ports
and built-in Wi-Fi capability. A bay for an SD memory card will let players expand the internal flash memory.
Design was optimized with state-of-the-art processing technologies that minimize power consumption, keep the console compact and enable the "sleepless" WiiConnect24 mode.
CPU: PowerPC CPU (code-named "Broadway"). Made with a 90 nm SOI CMOS process, jointly developed with and manufactured by IBM.
Graphics Processing Unit: Being developed with ATI.
Other Features: Four ports for classic Nintendo GameCube controllers. Two slots for Nintendo GameCube Memory Cards. An AV Multi-output port for component, composite or S-video.