Nintendo Wii 2008-2009
Nintendo Wii

Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game console
Generation Seventh generation era
Units shipped Worldwide: 34.55 million (as of September 30, 2008)
Media 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
CPU IBM PowerPC-based “Broadway”
Storage capacity 512 MB Internal flash memory
Graphics ATI “Hollywood”
Controller input Wii Remote, Wii Balance Board, Nintendo GameCube controller, Nintendo DS
Connectivity Wi-Fi
2 × USB 2.0
Online services Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Wii Shop Channel
compatibility Nintendo GameCube
Predecessor Nintendo GameCube

The Wii (pronounced as the English pronoun we, IPA: /wiː/) is a home video game console released by Nintendo. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii primarily competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of both. The Financial Times reported that as of September 12, 2007, the Wii is the sales leader of its generation, based on sales figures from Enterbrain, NPD Group, and GfK.

A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive 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, the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube, and able to play all official GameCube games. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled the system at the 2005 E3. 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 four key markets.

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