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[[File:Wii-Console.png|thumb|The Nintendo Wii]]The '''Wii''' is a 2006 console by Nintendo. Because of similarity between the Wii and the [[GameCube emulators|GameCube]], Wii emulation happened very quickly through GameCube emulation.  
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{{Infobox console
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|title = Nintendo Wii
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|logo = Wii-Console.png
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|developer = [[:Nintendo]]
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|type = [[:Category:Consoles|Home video game console]]
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|generation = [[:Category:Seventh-generation video game consoles|Seventh generation]]
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|release = 2006
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|discontinued = 2013
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|predecessor = [[GameCube emulators|GameCube]]
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|successor = [[Wii U emulators|Wii U]]
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|emulated = {{✓}}
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}}
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The '''[[wikipedia:Wii|Wii]]''' is a seventh-generation home video game console by Nintendo released on November 19, 2006 and priced for {{Inflation|USD|249.99|2006}}. It has a IBM PowerPC CPU at 729 MHz with 88MB of RAM. It has a ATI GPU. Because of similarity between the Wii and the [[GameCube emulators|GameCube]], Wii emulation happened very quickly through GameCube emulation.  
  
 
==Emulators==
 
==Emulators==
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! scope="col"|Triforce
 
! scope="col"|Triforce
 
! scope="col"|[[libretro|Libretro Core]]
 
! scope="col"|[[libretro|Libretro Core]]
! scope="col"|[[Recommended emulators|Recommended]]
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! scope="col"|[[Recommended Emulators|Recommended]]
 
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!colspan="8"|PC
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!colspan="9"|PC
 
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|style="text-align: center;"|[[Dolphin]]
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|[[Dolphin]]
|style="text-align: center;"|Multi-platform
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|Multi-platform
|style="text-align: center;"|[https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/master Git]
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|[https://dolphin-emu.org/download/#download-stable {{DolphinVer}}]<br />[https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/master Git]
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
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|{{✓}} ||{{}} ||{{✗}}* ||{{}} ||{{✓}} ||{{}}
|style="text-align: center;"|
 
|style="text-align: center;"|✓**
 
|style="text-align: center;"|*
 
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
 
 
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|style="text-align: center;"|Ishiiruka-Dolphin
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|Ishiiruka-Dolphin
|style="text-align: center;"|Multi-platform
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|Multi-platform
|style="text-align: center;"|[https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-unofficial-ishiiruka-dolphin-custom-version Git]
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|[https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-unofficial-ishiiruka-dolphin-custom-version 1074]
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
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|{{✓}} ||{{}} ||{{✗}} ||{{~}} <small>(WIP)</small> ||{{✓}} ||{{}}
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|style="text-align: center;"|✓
 
 
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!colspan="8"|Mobile
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!colspan="9"|Mobile
 
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|style="text-align: center;"|[[Dolphin]]
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|[[Dolphin]]
|style="text-align: center;"|Android
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|[[Android emulators|Android]]
|style="text-align: center;"|[https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/master Git]
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|[https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/master Git]
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
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|{{✓}} ||{{}} ||{{}} ||{{}} ||{{✓}} ||{{}}
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align: center;"|?
 
|style="text-align: center;"|✓
 
 
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<nowiki>*</nowiki>WIP, currently non-functioning
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<small><nowiki>*</nowiki>Requires the [https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/Triforce/1/ Triforce branch] to work. It is very old and unsupported.</small>
  
<nowiki>**</nowiki>Requires the [https://dolphin-emu.org/download/list/Triforce/1/ Triforce branch] to work. It is very old and unsupported.
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[[Dolphin]] is the only option for Wii emulation. This is probably due to the project going open source, allowing more developers to pursue it early in the lifespan of the console. It's updated on a near daily basis and is very good, barring some noticeable issues with GameCube games. System requirements are high. In addition, it is recommended to sync a Wii remote to play games for two reasons, mainly that it can be difficult mapping the motion controls to a controller, and MotionPlus has not been emulated at this time.
 
 
 
 
===Comparisons===
 
* [[Dolphin]] is the only option for Wii emulation. It is updated on a near daily basis and has very good emulation, barring some noticeable issues with GameCube. System requirements are high. In addition, it is recommended to sync a Wii remote to play games, as it can be difficult mapping the motion controls to a controller, especially if MotionPlus is required.
 
  
 
==Wii System Menu Emulation==
 
==Wii System Menu Emulation==
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===Wi-Fi Connection===
 
===Wi-Fi Connection===
 
{{main|Dolphin Online}}
 
{{main|Dolphin Online}}
This was the first Nintendo console to make online a standard feature. The service was discontinued May 20, 2014 for most games.<ref>http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/vyWpoM6CBIe6FjW8NIY7bvzOrgBURhzw</ref> However, custom servers exist using [https://wiimmfi.de Wiimmfi], but mostly popular titles are restored.
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This was the first Nintendo console to make online a standard feature. The service was discontinued on May 20, 2014, for most games.<ref>http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/vyWpoM6CBIe6FjW8NIY7bvzOrgBURhzw</ref> Dragon Quest X continued to support the service until November 2017, and support for the Wii Shop Channel ended in January 30, 2019. Online emulation improved enough to cover these while they were still functional. A Wii NAND is required and there are some restrictions on what controllers are allowed.
  
Dolphin has limited capacity to utilize the Wi-Fi connection of games. It's difficult to get this feature emulated because of the state of disconnection. Wiimmfi might not work in Dolphin. However, recently, Dolphin can connect to the ''Wii Shop Channel''.<ref>https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2017/03/16/proof-of-purchase</ref>
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Custom servers for some of the more popular games exist thanks to the [https://wiimmfi.de Wiimmfi] project. However, some popular servers ban emulator users who drop frames since it can give some unfair competitive advantages. There are various No-Intro sets that include DLC data for the games that used to have it that can be installed.
  
 
===DS Connectivity===
 
===DS Connectivity===
An unadvertised feature of the Wii is being able to connect to the [[Nintendo DS]] (and by extension, the DSi and the 3DS through their respective retro-compatibility features). A few DS titles<ref>[[Wikipedia:Mii#Nintendo DS]]</ref> can do it, including but not limited to:  
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An unadvertised feature of the Wii is being able to connect to the [[Nintendo DS emulators|Nintendo DS]] (and by extension, the DSi and the 3DS through their respective retro-compatibility features). A few DS titles<ref>[[Wikipedia:Mii#Nintendo DS]]</ref> can do it, including but not limited to:  
* ''Mii Channel'' (hidden feature that can be used in conjunction with a 3DS's Mii Maker application or some DS games)  
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* ''Mii Channel'' (a hidden feature that can be used in conjunction with a 3DS's Mii Maker application or some DS games)  
 
* ''Pokémon Battle Revolution''
 
* ''Pokémon Battle Revolution''
* ''Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Fate''
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* ''Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time''
* ''Super Paper Mario''  
 
 
* ''Nintendo Channel''  
 
* ''Nintendo Channel''  
  
Unlike with GameCube/GBA connectivity, this feature is still not emulated yet. So far, neither Dolphin, nor any Nintendo DS emulator so far supports this feature.
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Unlike with GameCube/GBA connectivity, this feature is still not yet emulated. So far, neither [[Dolphin]] nor any [[Nintendo DS emulators|Nintendo DS emulator]] so far supports this feature.
  
 
==Controllers==
 
==Controllers==
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You can simulate these controls with one of these modes:
 
You can simulate these controls with one of these modes:
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* '''Bluetooth Passthrough''' (since 5.0-910). This allows exposing a Bluetooth adapter to the emulated software directly, bypassing all host stack limitations. Given a good enough adapter, this mode guarantees identical connectivity and behavior to the Wii.
 
* '''Real Wiimote:''' Controlled only with an actual, physical Wiimote, connected to the PC with Bluetooth. You may need to hold 1+2 on the Wiimote before clicking "Pair" in Dolphin.
 
* '''Real Wiimote:''' Controlled only with an actual, physical Wiimote, connected to the PC with Bluetooth. You may need to hold 1+2 on the Wiimote before clicking "Pair" in Dolphin.
* '''Emulated Wiimote:''' Controlled only with keyboard or gamepad controls you set up in the configuation. Considering the motion controls were basic enough for the first Wiimote, there's just options to set the directions for "Tilt", "Swing" and "Shake". The IR sensor is mapped to the mouse by default, though the option to go towards the screen is empty by default but available for remapping. The Nunchuck has its own motion controls. Depending on the game, you can just set up a few of these (typically, a button dedicated for shaking) and leave the rest empty. With presets, you can have each game use its own configuration. There's settings for sideways and vertical Wiimote positions.
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* '''Emulated Wiimote:''' Controlled only with a keyboard or gamepad controls you set up in the configuration. Considering the motion controls were basic enough for the first Wiimote, there are just options to set the directions for "Tilt", "Swing" and "Shake". The IR sensor is mapped to the mouse by default, though the option to go towards the screen is empty by default but available for remapping. The Nunchuck has its own motion controls. Depending on the game, you can just set up a few of these (typically, a button dedicated for shaking) and leave the rest empty. With presets, you can have each game use its own configuration. There are settings for sideways and vertical Wiimote positions.
* '''Hybrid Wiimote:''' Allows for using both emulated controls and real Wiimote controls. Can be useful to control the IR pointer with a mouse in case there's no sensor bar.
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* '''Hybrid Wiimote:''' Allows for using both emulated controls and real Wiimote controls. Can be useful to control the IR pointer with a mouse in case there's no sensor bar. This feature has been removed since 5.0-7038.<ref>{{cite web |url = https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2018/06/03/dolphin-progress-report-april-and-may-2018/#50-7038-remove-hybrid-wii-remote-by-josjuice |title = 5.0-7038 - Remove Hybrid Wii Remote by JosJuice}}</ref>
  
 
Up to 4 Wiimotes can be added. If they desynch and disconnect, they can be reconnected by pressing Alt+F5~8.
 
Up to 4 Wiimotes can be added. If they desynch and disconnect, they can be reconnected by pressing Alt+F5~8.
  
 
===Wiimote+===
 
===Wiimote+===
Enhanced incarnation of the Wiimote with better motion detection. It was used to great effect for improved swordplay in Wii Sports Resort and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. However, with this improvement comes additional complexity for setting up the gyroscopic controls.
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The enhanced incarnation of the Wiimote with better motion detection. It was used to great effect for improved swordplay in Wii Sports Resort and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. However, with this improvement comes additional complexity for setting up the gyroscopic controls.
 
 
As of now, the official Dolphin builds only allow for using a '''real''' Wiimotion Plus controller to control these games, with no option for an emulated Wiimote+ with keyboard or gamepad controls. "Emulated Wiimote" only covers gyroscopic controls for the regular Wiimote model. It's also very low on the list of priorities for the developers right now; they won't do it, but at least will consider if someone else did it in a way "good enough" for them.
 
  
However, one old unofficial branch from 2011 by jpeterson offered emulated Wiimotion+ with a somewhat intimidating setup menu for all the bindings, which is why it's best used with the real thing under the "Hybrid Wiimote" setting. Links for it and its source are dead, sadly enough. It was recently ported by a kind soul to the latest version of Dolphin as of May 2017 (git#54dcd3a) and may be downloaded from [http://mega.nz/#!wEMGRRSQ!vv8EDy7EGISBk0GBHjTfiexQ4rBevEJS-BPYlZwBT8E here] along with a Xbox 360 controller preset optimised for Skyward Sword.
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[https://dolphin-emu.org/blog/2019/04/26/mastering-motion/ As of May 2019], Dolphin now includes the option for an emulated MotionPlus controller, though some minor issues remain and configuration is still being figured out.  A real Wiimotion Plus controller can also be used.
  
 
==Resources==
 
==Resources==
* [https://wiki.dolphin-emu.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Dolphin Wiki] - For checking if your games work and any fixes/tweaks/settings you should know before hand.
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* [https://wiki.dolphin-emu.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Dolphin Wiki] - For checking if your games work and any fixes/tweaks/settings you should know beforehand.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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{{Nintendo}}
  
 
[[Category:Consoles]]
 
[[Category:Consoles]]
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[[Category:Seventh-generation video game consoles]]
 
[[Category:Nintendo consoles]]
 
[[Category:Nintendo consoles]]

Latest revision as of 09:01, 2 August 2019

Nintendo Wii
Wii-Console.png
Developer Nintendo
Type Home video game console
Generation Seventh generation
Release date 2006
Discontinued 2013
Predecessor GameCube
Successor Wii U
Emulated

The Wii is a seventh-generation home video game console by Nintendo released on November 19, 2006 and priced for $249.99. It has a IBM PowerPC CPU at 729 MHz with 88MB of RAM. It has a ATI GPU. Because of similarity between the Wii and the GameCube, Wii emulation happened very quickly through GameCube emulation.

Emulators[edit]

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version GCN Wii Triforce Libretro Core Active Recommended
PC
Dolphin Multi-platform 5.0
Git
✗*
Ishiiruka-Dolphin Multi-platform 1074 ~ (WIP)
Mobile
Dolphin Android Git

*Requires the Triforce branch to work. It is very old and unsupported.

Dolphin is the only option for Wii emulation. This is probably due to the project going open source, allowing more developers to pursue it early in the lifespan of the console. It's updated on a near daily basis and is very good, barring some noticeable issues with GameCube games. System requirements are high. In addition, it is recommended to sync a Wii remote to play games for two reasons, mainly that it can be difficult mapping the motion controls to a controller, and MotionPlus has not been emulated at this time.

Wii System Menu Emulation[edit]

Dolphin is capable of running the system menu. To get the system menu, one needs to use BootMii to dump the NAND of the Wii and import it. Refer to the NAND usage guide on the Dolphin wiki for more details.

As of 5.0-4588, it is possible to get the System Menu along with all other system software automatically by performing an online update (in the Tools menu).

Connectivity[edit]

Wi-Fi Connection[edit]

Main article: Dolphin Online

This was the first Nintendo console to make online a standard feature. The service was discontinued on May 20, 2014, for most games.[1] Dragon Quest X continued to support the service until November 2017, and support for the Wii Shop Channel ended in January 30, 2019. Online emulation improved enough to cover these while they were still functional. A Wii NAND is required and there are some restrictions on what controllers are allowed.

Custom servers for some of the more popular games exist thanks to the Wiimmfi project. However, some popular servers ban emulator users who drop frames since it can give some unfair competitive advantages. There are various No-Intro sets that include DLC data for the games that used to have it that can be installed.

DS Connectivity[edit]

An unadvertised feature of the Wii is being able to connect to the Nintendo DS (and by extension, the DSi and the 3DS through their respective retro-compatibility features). A few DS titles[2] can do it, including but not limited to:

  • Mii Channel (a hidden feature that can be used in conjunction with a 3DS's Mii Maker application or some DS games)
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
  • Nintendo Channel

Unlike with GameCube/GBA connectivity, this feature is still not yet emulated. So far, neither Dolphin nor any Nintendo DS emulator so far supports this feature.

Controllers[edit]

Wiimote[edit]

The main selling point of the Wii - motion control devices relying on gyroscopic sensors to detect motion, and an IR sensor plus a "Wii Sensor Bar" on the top or bottom of the TV screen (which is just 2 red LEDs, and you can easily use two candles on each side of the screen to get the exact same effect) to detect the screen and simulate pointers. Optionally, a nunchuck with an analog pad can be plugged to the Wiimote, and it also has its own gyroscopic controls. Some other, yet less common add-ons may be plugged in too.

You can simulate these controls with one of these modes:

  • Bluetooth Passthrough (since 5.0-910). This allows exposing a Bluetooth adapter to the emulated software directly, bypassing all host stack limitations. Given a good enough adapter, this mode guarantees identical connectivity and behavior to the Wii.
  • Real Wiimote: Controlled only with an actual, physical Wiimote, connected to the PC with Bluetooth. You may need to hold 1+2 on the Wiimote before clicking "Pair" in Dolphin.
  • Emulated Wiimote: Controlled only with a keyboard or gamepad controls you set up in the configuration. Considering the motion controls were basic enough for the first Wiimote, there are just options to set the directions for "Tilt", "Swing" and "Shake". The IR sensor is mapped to the mouse by default, though the option to go towards the screen is empty by default but available for remapping. The Nunchuck has its own motion controls. Depending on the game, you can just set up a few of these (typically, a button dedicated for shaking) and leave the rest empty. With presets, you can have each game use its own configuration. There are settings for sideways and vertical Wiimote positions.
  • Hybrid Wiimote: Allows for using both emulated controls and real Wiimote controls. Can be useful to control the IR pointer with a mouse in case there's no sensor bar. This feature has been removed since 5.0-7038.[3]

Up to 4 Wiimotes can be added. If they desynch and disconnect, they can be reconnected by pressing Alt+F5~8.

Wiimote+[edit]

The enhanced incarnation of the Wiimote with better motion detection. It was used to great effect for improved swordplay in Wii Sports Resort and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. However, with this improvement comes additional complexity for setting up the gyroscopic controls.

As of May 2019, Dolphin now includes the option for an emulated MotionPlus controller, though some minor issues remain and configuration is still being figured out. A real Wiimotion Plus controller can also be used.

Resources[edit]

  • Dolphin Wiki - For checking if your games work and any fixes/tweaks/settings you should know beforehand.

References[edit]


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Consoles: Color TV-GameNintendo Entertainment System (Family Computer) • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Family Computer) • Nintendo 64GameCubeWiiWii UNintendo Switch
Handhelds: Game & WatchGame Boy/ColorVirtual BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DSNintendo 3DS
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