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The Wii is a home video game concosole released by Nintendo. The Wii is Nintendo's fifth home console, the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube, and is able to play all official GameCube games. The main distinguishing feature of the console that seperates itself from itscompetitors (Playstation 3 and Xbox 360) is its wireless controller which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movementin three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console isWiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode. It has a built-in Wi-Fi which delivers free online services and gameplay. It also has a built-in SD slot for storage and photo viewing. The system comes with Wii Sports game which is one of the most popular games. The Wii is also the most affordable home game console.

Sales Figures
(as of December 31, 2008)
Units Shipped
First Available
20.40 Million
November 19, 2006
7.80 Million
December 2, 2006
Other Regions
16.76 Million
December 8, 2006
44.96 Million



Name - Nintendo Wii
Type - Game console
Form Factor - Desktop
Height - 1.75 in
Weight - 3.84 lbs

Game Console

Color Support - Color
Media Type - Nintendo Wii disc, Nintendo GAMECUBE disc


Type - IBM PowerPC
Instruction Set - RISC

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed ( Max ) - 512 MB


Video Output - ATI Hollywood

Input Device

Type - Joystick , Remote control
Connectivity Technology - Wired , Wireless
Features - Motion sensor , Rumble feedback , Built-in speaker


Connector Type - ( 4 pin USB Type A ), 4 x Game controller, Component video output, Composite video output, S-Video output, 2 x USB
Expansion Slots Total (Free) - 2 Nintendo GameCube Memory Card, 1 SD Memory Card


Included Accessories - Wireless controller, Wii Sports Game


The Wii has released over 400 games. Here are some the most popular:

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Kart Wii
Animal Crossing: City Folk
The House of the Dead: Overkill
Call of Duty: World at War
Wii Fit
World of Goo
Guitar Hero World Tour
Deadly Creatures