The Nintendo Wii was launched in 2006 as a direct rival to the PlayStation 3 (PS3) from Sony and the Xbox 360 from Microsoft. The Wii games console went on to be a huge success, selling over 100 million consoles and almost a billion games to date. The original model has recently been superseded by the Wii U, which has an advanced remote control with an integrated LCD touch screen that can be used independently.
Features of the Nintendo Wii
The main features of the Nintendo Wii include:
- Motion Plus Movement Detector – which allows you to control the game with body movements
- Unique Wii Remote Control – which can be used to point, or to control the game in three dimensions
- Wii Balance Board – an interactive step that can be used to monitor movements during games and for a range of fitness apps
- Nintendo DS Wireless Connectivity – allowing you to use your DS as an input device for the Wii
- Internet Connectivity – allowing you to stream media, such as Netflix and message friends
Nintendo Wii Accessories
The Wii remote control can be used to do a number of different things, from driving a Mario Kart to hitting a golf or tennis ball. To make the games feel more realistic, Nintendo has produced several different accessories, including a golf club and a steering wheel which fit around the remote.
Part of the success of the Nintendo Wii was not just its innovative movement led gameplay, but also its backwards compatibility with a wide range of Nintendo games from its predecessor, the GameCube, as well as GameCube memory cards and controllers. This allowed fans of Nintendo’s previous video game console to continue playing their favourite games while also enjoying the new Wii game.