The Nintendo Wii is Nintendo's fifth home console, released in late 2006. Its controller is the first in a Nintendo video-game system to use a motion sensor to control games. It is capable of playing Nintendo GameCube games and so can play both Pikmin and Pikmin 2. The respective New Play Control! versions of each of these and originally Pikmin 3, a future Pikmin release, are specifically for the Wii, and use its motion controls. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is also played on this console, which has Olimar and Pikmin as a playable character.
The Wii's controller constitutes of two different peripherals, a remote shaped one (the Wii Remote or Wiimote) and an attachment called the Nunchuk. The Wii Remote has six buttons (plus the Home button, which allows reconnection of controllers, resetting the game and other options regardless of which game is being played) and a D-Pad, as well as a pointer on the front which can tell its own position in relation to a motion sensor (placed in front of the television set) and motion detection technology. The nunchuk can be connected and disconnected from the Wii Remote and has two analog triggers ('Z' and 'C' Buttons) as well as an analog stick, but limited motion detection. Games in the Pikmin series use the following general control scheme:
- without Pikmin - punch
- with Pikmin - press to grab a Pikmin, release to throw it
- near Pikmin sprout - pluck Pikmin
- holding Pikmin - select different coloured Pikmin
- not holding Pikmin - whistle
- D-Pad up - change camera angle
- D-Pad left/right - change zoom
- D-Pad down - move group of Pikmin
- + - radar
- - - pause
- Z - point camera towards pointer
- C - dismiss Pikmin
- Analog Stick - move Olimar
- Pointer - move cursor
B.O.S.S. (Big Oversized Super Shell)
The BOSS is an accessory for the Wii Remote. It can be put on your Wii Remote.
They come in two known (at the moment) colors: Red and Green
One thing that must be pointed out is the BOSS is merely a shell for your remote. Games will still recognize it as a Wii Remote, not as a Classic Controller.
You also cannot use the Nunchuk with the BOSS on, since it covers the Nunchuk's connection port.