Though the Nintendo Wii game console provides hundreds of newer game titles, gamers can also enjoy a massive selection of older games on the console, thanks to the device's backward compatibility with earlier Nintendo products. Some games work with their original physical media, while others require a download from the Wii online store. The Wii also has backward compatibility with some older controllers and accessories.
GameCube games work with the Nintendo Wii without any additional configuration. Wii discs and GameCube discs use the same mini-disc format, and GameCube games fit into the Wii disc slot and run automatically. You need an original GameCube controller to play GameCube games.
Virtual Console Compatibility
While games from older, cartridge-based Nintendo systems don't work with the Wii, Nintendo's Virtual Console online store adds backward compatibility for a large list of popular titles from the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, NES and Game Boy systems, as well as some non-Nintendo consoles. The games can be downloaded from the Wii Shop channel and stored on the console's internal memory or connected memory card. The games will work with the Wii Remote and Classic controllers, as well as connected GameCube accessories.
To control GameCube games, the Wii system supports backward compatibility with GameCube accessories. This allows players to use the games' original control schemes. GameCube controllers plug into the top panel of the Wii console, which also supports Nintendo's wireless Wavebird controllers, GameCube memory cards and other accessories such as the Game Boy Advance connection cable for use with compatible GameCube titles.
While most backward-compatible GameCube games require a GameCube controller to operate correctly, Nintendo released a limited number of classic GameCube games in an updated form for use with the Wii remote motion controls. These games include the "New Play Control" logo on their packaging and include titles such as "Pikmin," "Mario Power Tennis" and "Donkey Kong Jungle Beats."
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