A Wii clone is a type of console that is designed to resemble the Nintendo Wii. They are typically not clone consoles, despite the name, as they usually run on generic 16 or 32-bit hardware, although a few Famiclone-based versions do exist. Wii clones are supplied with games either built in or on cartridges - ranging from about 5 to 100+ depending on the model - almost invariably including sports games such as tennis, baseball or golf.
One of the earliest Wii clones was the Sport Vii by Jungletac, which came with 2.4g wireless controllers duplicating many features of the real Wii's, including accelerometers and a built in speaker. However very few subsequent clones have such features, and the controllers supplied with vast majority of Wii clones sold today are infrared Famiclone-style controllers with a simple motion sensor mapping any sharp movement to the A button. These are essentially an evolution of the single-game plug-and-play consoles (usually Famiclones) released prior to the Wii, which used similar technology to play ping-pong, tennis, boxing etc, usually with only one game per unit.
Features of a typical Wii clone
Wii clones are usually white in colour and can be placed horizontally or vertically, as with the original Wii; they are almost always supplied with two controllers closely resembling the Wii remote but with a Famiclone style button layout, and often come with a number of sports themed attachments for the controllers similar to those often sold as accessories for the Wii.
Note that Wii clones are often rebranded by distributors so these consoles may have been released under different names in some regions. For example the "Wow" shown above is a rebranded version of a Xin An Vii for the UK market.
- Sport Vii by Jungletac/Kensington
- Q3 by Conny (one of the few other than the Sport Vii to use actual accelerometers)
- MiWi series by Macro Winners (games by Waixing & Cube Technology)
- WiWi & Wiii3 series by Qi Sheng Long (games by unknown developers & Nice Code)
- iSports series by Subor (games by Waixing)
- Vii & X-wei series by Xin An/Powerking HK (games vary, may include 8-bit Waixing/Nice Code games, standard Famicom games, 16-bit games by an unknown developer, etc.)
- Zone series by Ultimate Products ltd. Actually rebranded versions of consoles by various manufacturers, eg. the original Zone is by Macro Winners, the Zone 40 is by Subor, the Zone 60 is by Jungletac.