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TRIFORCE89
October 12th, 2006, 03:56 PM
With just over a month until the Wii is released we're finally told what kind of video quality we can expect out of the new system. No HDMI cable, which is to be expected. We all already knew that Nintendo wouldn't be supporting HD, and HDMI is good for prodcuing results at 1080p (which I believe is HD) and supporting 8 channels of sound (which we already knew that we aren't getting either. We're getting Dolby Technology that simulates 5.1 from two speaks). Anywho...

Composite Video: Your classic Red, Yellow, and White cables come bundled with the Wii. Standard video quality, nothing special.
S-Video:Composite Red and White audio cables plus a larger S-Video cable for video (duh!). Basically, it's better than Composite. It projects 480i or 576i. "i" means interlaced. If you have a regular TV, then get this.
Component Video: My baby. XD I have my DVD player and HD Satellite on this (yeah, not HDMI. I'm strange.). These are your Red (or Orange), Blue, and Green cables for video and standard Red and White Composite cables for audio. 480p too. "p", not "i". P means progressive. Progressive is good. Early GCNs supported this feature until Nintendo realized that only 1% of their market actually used it, and then they took it out of the system. Progressive is almost standard now, it wasn't at the beginning of the GCN's time though. Maybe this is where Nintendo's HD phobia comes from? Have an HDTV? Then get Component, closest thing to HD that the Wii has.
D Video: I don't have the slightest clue what this is. O_o If you have a TV that supports D-Terminal Video Cable then you can have progressive quality, rather than interlaced. That's about all I know.

Other things are known now too. Nintendo's doing things backwards. Most consoles come with ethernet, forcing you to buy a wireless adapter. The Wii is Wifi ready out of the box, you can buy an ethernet cable is you're old school. XD

And...the second most important thing (number one was 480p Component) for me is...Memory Cards! The GCN was supposed to support SD Cards, but that never surfaced. But now we have them. Nintendo will be selling their own 512MB SDCard. I heard that it's twice as much as a normal SDCard, but I did my own price conversion and I ended up saving roughly $10. O_o 512MB is big. The GCN Memory Cards used blocks (59, 251 or 1019) and each card (no matter the size) could hold a maximum of 127 games. I have no idea how to convert that to MB. So, I'll use other memory cards...

The PlayStation's Memory Card was 1 MB. The N64 Controller Pak was 256 KB, which is 0.25 MB (smaller than the PlayStation's, but most N64 featured battery-backed cartridge saving anyway). The DreamCast's VMU was 128 KB or 0.125 MB. The PlayStation 2's Memory Card was 8 MB, as was the Xbox's Memory Unit. The PSP features 32 MB and 1 GB Memory Sticks while the Xbox 360 currently features a 64 MB Memory Unit (with a 256 MB version announced).

So, 512 MB is pretty big. Second only to the PSP's 1 GB Memory Stick. But...512 MB is only what Nintendo is selling. You can buy sizes from other brands, SD isn't new technology. I already have a 16 MB from Panasonic, two 512 MBs and a 1 GB from Kodak. So, if 512 MB isn't big enough for you, you can always go bigger. A 512 MB SD Card will run you up roughly $30-$50 depending on the brand.

Arcanine
October 12th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I think Nintendo is keeping it smart sticking with lower stuff. Like no HD support (I do plan on getting a 32 inch HDTV to play Wii games in 16/9 format), the SD cards and so on.
And 512 MB is no small number (keep in mind guys, the Wii has a 512 MB internal flash memory). For you KH/FF fans, out there, you can put the KH2 and FFVII: AC OSTs on there and still have enough room for 61 MB of pics. It's not small. And on top of that add on another 512 MB or 1 or 2 gig and you'll be up there on memory.

Esupio
October 14th, 2006, 08:59 AM
I have a HD ready TV, and my dad is planning to get a box thing or something for it.

but I'll probably get some TV in my room to play my wii. but Its nice to know incase I ever need to move the Wii for a party or something :P

and the memory stuff is interesting, I know thats enough space for me

Pkmn-Master
October 15th, 2006, 12:27 PM
With just over a month until the Wii is released we're finally told what kind of video quality we can expect out of the new system. No HDMI cable, which is to be expected. We all already knew that Nintendo wouldn't be supporting HD, and HDMI is good for prodcuing results at 1080p (which I believe is HD)
yeah, i think 1080i is the sound im not sure...

Arcanine
October 16th, 2006, 09:27 AM
yeah, i think 1080i is the sound im not sure...
No, 1080i isn't the sound, it's the screen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080i

Alistair
October 22nd, 2006, 06:52 PM
Actually, to be precise, it supports D2-Terminal link. And by the way, D-Terminal is kinda like component, but it ranges from D1 (480i) to D4 (720p) and in the future, D5 (1080p) and it is on most TVs in Japan, because it is preferred over component.

Anyway, this is great news! I can't wait to hook my Wii up to my 1080i TV. (I can switch the TV from 1080i to anything below it.)

TRIFORCE89
October 23rd, 2006, 12:59 PM
Ah, was wondering what the D one was. So, mostly in Japan?

Bippa
October 23rd, 2006, 01:17 PM
That's pretty awesome. There's only one HDTV in the house, in my parent's room =/ They don't even watch much HD on that. I play in the basement, we have a regular TV for the basement.

The Wii sounds so awesome...CAN'T WAIT!

Bippa

Forci Stikane
October 23rd, 2006, 03:43 PM
I think Nintendo is keeping it smart sticking with lower stuff. Like no HD support (I do plan on getting a 32 inch HDTV to play Wii games in 16/9 format), the SD cards and so on.
And 512 MB is no small number (keep in mind guys, the Wii has a 512 MB internal flash memory). For you KH/FF fans, out there, you can put the KH2 and FFVII: AC OSTs on there and still have enough room for 61 MB of pics. It's not small. And on top of that add on another 512 MB or 1 or 2 gig and you'll be up there on memory.

So finally Memory cards aren't necessary...? YAY!

So, a basic SD card would store Revolution games, regardless of brand? Hmm...but I can't help but wish that they'd let us use old GCN Memory Cards for those games...

Arcanine
October 23rd, 2006, 08:15 PM
So finally Memory cards aren't necessary...? YAY!

So, a basic SD card would store Revolution games, regardless of brand? Hmm...but I can't help but wish that they'd let us use old GCN Memory Cards for those games...
*Liked memory cards* XD

SD cards will be like the memory cards once you run out of the 512 internal memory. Some cards are up there on size (as well as price...), but 512 should last sometime for most people (and if you download a VC game and don't want it on your system anymore then all you got to do is delete it and when you want to play it again download it for free).