The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of the two others. As of the first quarter of 2012, the Wii leads the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales, and in December 2009, the console broke the record for best-selling console in a single month in the United States.
The Wii has many advanced features, compared to the previous Nintendo consoles. For example, the primary wireless controller, the Wii Remote, can be used as a handheld pointing device and detects movement in three dimensions. Another notable feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.
The Wii is Nintendo's fifth home console, and the successor of the Nintendo GameCube, with most models being fully backwardly compatible with all GameCube games and most accessories. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled the console at the 2005 E3. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show. At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards. By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in the four key markets.
In late 2011, Nintendo released a reconfigured model known as the "Wii Family Edition" which removed Nintendo GameCube compatibility; this model was not released in Japan, despite Japan being the console's origin. The console's successor, the Wii U, is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Developer: Nintendo Manufacturer: Foxconn Type Video: game console Generation Seventh: generation Release date Original model:
NA November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
AUS December 7, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
NA October 23, 2011
EU November 4, 2011
Retail availability: November 19, 2006 (details)
Units shipped Worldwide: 96.56 million (as of June 30, 2012) (details) Media:
12 cm Wii Optical Disc
8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc
CPU: IBM PowerPC-based "Broadway" Storage capacity:
512 MB Internal flash memory
SD card, SDHC card
Nintendo GameCube Memory Card
Graphics: ATI "Hollywood" Controller input: Wii Remote (Plus), Wii Balance Board, Nintendo GameCube controller and Nintendo DS. Connectivity: