The Wii is a seventh generation video game console created by Nintendo, and a successor to Nintendo’s previous console, the Nintendo GameCube. It is Nintendo’s fifth major home console.
The console was initially released on November 19, 2006 in North America, and was released shortly thereafter in other countries, and eventually became the leading console in the US, Europe, and Japan. With over 100 million units shipped worldwide, it is Nintendo’s best-selling home console, and the third best-selling home console of all time.
The console comes packaged with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the most prominent being the former. The Wii Remote is capable of detecting movement in three dimensions, and can be held with one hand. The Nunchuk can be connected to the Wii Remote via a long cord, allowing for more control. Motions made with the Nunchuk can also be registered through the Wii Remote.
Building off the basis of the Nintendo DS, Nintendo used what they refer to as the “blue ocean” strategy. It is a move to target not only the general gaming public, but also those who have never played games, or those who play very rarely. It has been designed with simplicity and familiarity in mind, which explains the Wii Remote and the Wii Channels.
The system is actually incredibly compact, lending itself to extreme portability. It is approximately the size of three Wii cases stacked on top of one another. It comes with a stand as well, so it can sit upright when in the vertical position. To insert a game, there is a large slot on the front of the system surrounded by a glowing blue neon light. The slot can accept the 8 cm discs used by the Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on standard 12 cm discs. The system also comes with a sensor bar that emits IR signals picked up by the Wii Remote.
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The Wii is the first console by Nintendo that has the ability to update its system software. With Wii Sports, it is also the first console since the SNES (Super Mario World) to be bundled with a game at launch. People in Japan, however, had to purchase the game separately.
Later on, smaller remakes of the console were produced called the Wii Family Edition in 2011 and Wii Mini in 2012. Both lack GameCube backwards compatibility, but can still play Wii games. The original Wii was discontinued in North America, Europe, and Australia in October/November 2011 and in Japan on October 21, 2013. The Wii Family Edition was also discontinued on this day worldwide, while the Wii Mini was discontinued worldwide on November 13, 2017, though online services for the system continued for several years after. With the closure of the Wii Shop Channel on January 31, 2019, all of Nintendo’s online services for the platform were shut down. Just Dance 2020 was the last game to be released for the system on November 5, 2019, making it Nintendo’s longest running console to still have games being released for it.