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Nintendo Wii Video Game Accessories

The Nintendo Wii, released in 2006, is Nintendo's motion-control video game system. The console comes with a unique motion controller that can sense the movements of the individual user and translate them into the game. Many accessories and peripherals were released for the system, enhancing the system's capabilities in unique ways.

What kinds of accessories are available for the Nintendo Wii?

The Nintendo Wii is compatible with many different types of accessories, both those made by Nintendo itself and those from third party manufacturers. These include a LAN adapter, a Wii Speak microphone, a Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector, an HDMI adapter, rechargeable batteries and a charging kit, colored faceplates, various controller peripherals, and replacement parts. In addition, the Nintendo Wii is also compatible with SD cards up to 32GB in size for extra storage.

What controller peripherals can you choose for the Nintendo Wii?

Besides the standard Wii remote and nunchuk, the Nintendo Wii is compatible with many different controller peripherals, which enhance your control of the game in some unique ways. One interesting peripheral is the Wii Balance Board, which carefully measures the user's center of balance with multiple sensitive pressure points. This is used in various fitness games to gauge the user's balance and exercise intensity level. Another accessory is the Wii Wheel, a plastic wheel-shaped shell that combines with the Wii remote to offer more precise steering controls in driving and racing games. The Wii MotionPlus is an accessory for the standard Wii Remote. It augments the motion-sensing abilities of the Wii controller, allowing it to accurately capture more complex and fine-tuned motions. The Wii Zapper is a shell for the Wii controller and nunchuk that mimics a gun. It enhances aim and accuracy in shooting games. Finally, the Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro offer traditional controls for games that do not use motion controls. All of these accessories are official Nintendo products.

Are any of these accessories required to play specific Wii games?

Yes, a few accessories are required to play certain games. The popular fitness game Wii Fit, for instance, requires the use of the Wii Balance Board for its ability to monitor balanceduring fitness mini-games. The Wii MotionPlus is also required for Wii Sports Resort to accurately simulate fencing, archery, frisbee, and many other games and sports. A number of other games take advantage of various Wii accessories but don't necessarily require them. Mario Kart Wii uses the Wii Wheel to optionally augment the game's steering controls. Usually, if the accessory is required, it will be bundled together with the game. New editions of Wii Fit are packaged with the Balance Board. If the game uses an accessory in some way, it will be marked on the packaging so that you are aware.

Can I use my Gamecube accessories with the Nintendo Wii?

Yes, all Gamecube accessories are compatible with Nintendo Wii, including Gamecube controllers, Gamecube memory cards, and the Gamecube to Gameboy Advance adapter. These accessories plug directly into the Gamecube controller or memory card slots that come built into the Nintendo Wii console.

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