Released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006, the Nintendo Wii revolutionized the video game console. Built to compete with the likes of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, the Wii was a unique and new type of gaming system, the likes of which had never been seen before.
The stand out feature of the Wii was the Wii Remote Controller. Wireless, and shaped much like a standard remote control, the ‘Wiimote’ detects your movements in three dimensions, allowing you to interact with and control gameplay in real space around your television screen. No wires, no clutter, you’re free to move around an interact with the game as you wish.
Another unique feature built-in to the Wii console is its ‘Virtual Console’. For many that grew up with Nintendo systems through the years, this feature is more than welcomed. The Virtual Console allows you to quickly and easily purchase and download popular Nintendo, Sega, TurboGrafx (and other) titles directly to the Wii. From there you can play these classic titles at your leisure, a benefit enjoyed by many that enjoy retro-gaming.
In 2011 Nintendo released a new version of the Wii, called the ‘Family Edition’. To back that up in 2012, the ‘Wii Mini’ was launched and was designed to play only Wii optical discs. The final and most current addition to the Wii lineup is the Wii U, which was released on November 18, 2012.