Original Wii Model for sale!
July 19, 2006, 6:46 am
Filed under: eBay Auctions

The one that started it all. My first Wii model, the one in the majority of the pics you saw on news sites, is now on sale on eBay:


Please feel free to bid on it and show support! Bid early and often! 😀



New port likely “too tight” for any DS slot
July 13, 2006, 1:27 am
Filed under: General

The “new” port under speculation located at the front of the underside of the Wii is likely too big to be a DS port.

I was never a supporter of the DS port theory anyway, I’m currently backing the DVD dongle idea. But I decided to take the 1:1 scaled patent drawings that I’ve been using to make models, and see how a DS game card compares to the port/slot/whatever. Note, these pictures clearly show the port is screwed in, making it likely that this port isn’t supposed to be opened frequently. In these pics, the bold line in the drawing is likely the part that opens:

It’s about as wide as a DS cart, which makes it highly unlikely that the port holds DS cards. I’ve never seen a company try and make something that tight.

Hopefully this debunks the DS card theory.

I have to make another model??
July 10, 2006, 1:12 am
Filed under: General

Apparently I missed a flap/port of some kind in the Wii.

Bottom left here:

And top right here:

I just recently remade a model, to add the recently revealed SD slot and Sync button, as well as added “pockets” to be able to insert, hold, and remove discs, SD cards, and USB devices. Now I have to look into this new thing, figure out what it is, and then make a new one…and put the old model on eBay 😛

I may not find out what it is though. It seems that this thing is screwed shut, so the public may not know what it is until IGN or someone gets a review kit.

Wii and Mii
July 9, 2006, 8:21 pm
Filed under: Model Pics

Notice how little of the picture the Nintendo Wii takes up…

in comparison to Sony’s PS3…

Wii and DS Facebook Groups
July 9, 2006, 6:57 am
Filed under: General

Ok, so it’s not quite model related…but hey, you can discuss the models in the groups if you want! 🙂

Anyway, yesterday I found out that Facebook started allowing global groups that any Facebook member, high school or college, can join. I’ve created a global Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii group, both of which are growing fast. In fact, as I was creating the Wii group, by the time I finished creating it and reloaded the group profile, I already had another member!

So if you’re a Facebook member, please feel free to hit the links and join the above groups!

Wii Dimensions
July 9, 2006, 6:56 am
Filed under: General

Many of the Nintendo fan sites and blogs I frequent have recently posted pics of the Wii that label the dimensions as 13cm x 20cm x 6cm. Decent estimate, but not close.

If you’re inserting a 12cm disc, you’d only have .5cm left on either side in terms of the system’s height, and that’s clearly not right. If you look at enough of the photos with half-inserted discs as reference, you can figure out the system (without stand) height to be about 15.5cm. Then, based on the patent drawings (which are indeed to scale), you can figure out the ratio of the sides, and then theirs lengths.

This is how I came up with the measurements for my model. The recent 13 x 20 x 6 is wrong. That “comparison chart” with the 360, PS3, Wii, et al. (the one labeling Wii as 14cm tall) is also wrong. I’m not saying I know mine’s exactly right, but I’m saying I’m absolutely positive it’s more accurate than any of those other reported measurements.

Wii: 155mm x 212mm x 44mm

Of course, that’s without the stand. As for the stand, my measurements are a little less accurate as there are no patent drawings for it, but I’m putting it at 41mm x 222mm x 54mm.

Some of my favorites up through now
July 9, 2006, 6:56 am
Filed under: Model Pics

Here are some of my favorite pics that I’ve taken up through now. The rest of all my pictures were nearly all by request. I just took these because they were good shots: