How the Wii Works

Wii and the News

The Wii remote can be used to access Associated Press news from around the world.
The Wii remote can be used to access Associated Press news from around the world.
Photo courtesy Nintendo of America, Inc.

The Wii has had no shortage of publicity since its release -- some good, some bad. First there was the competition with Sony's PlayStation 3, which was released at about the same time, to see which console would dominate the 2006 holiday season (winner: the Wii) [source:Reuters]. Then, Nintendo issued a recall of the original Wii controller straps after several reported incidents in which gamers lost control of the remote and sent it flying across the room, sometimes causing damage to TVs or windows. As a result, Wii consoles that were shipped starting in December 2006 have a sturdier version of the strap and the company offers users a silicone rubber sleeve intended to soften the impact of a flying remote. Nintendo also lists safety recommendations for Wii users on its official site.

Not content simply to make news headlines, the Wii also brings the news directly to you. On Jan. 27, 2007, Nintendo launched the Wii's News Channel. A free feature for Wii owners, the News Channel brings stories from the Associated Press wire services to your TV screen via the Wii remote. According to a Yahoo! press release, you simply point the remote at a virtual globe and select the location and type of news (business, sports, science and other topics) you're interested in to see frequently updated news stories from around the world.

And Nintendo keeps adding more channels. On Jan. 13, 2010, Nintendo of North America and Netflix announced a partnership that will allow Netflix customers to watch movies through the Wii console.