|Release Date||Original model |
NA November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
AUS December 7, 2006
HK December 12, 2009
TW July 12, 2008
KOR April 26, 2008
EU October 7, 2011
|Media||Wii Optical Disc, GameCube disc|
The Wii (codenamed Revolution) is a home video game console manufactured by Nintendo. It is a seventh generation console and competes with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The system was preceded by the Nintendo GameCube and will be succeeded by the the upcoming Wii U sometime in 2012. As of August 2011, the Wii leads the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales, and in December 2009 broke the record for best-selling console in a single month in the United States.
The most notable feature of the Wii is its motion control controllers (Wii Remote). Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.
History[edit | edit source]
Name[edit | edit source]
The Nintendo Style Guide refers to the console as "simply Wii, not Nintendo Wii", making it the first home console Nintendo has marketed outside of Japan without the company name featured in its trademark. While "Wiis" is a commonly used pluralization of the console, Nintendo has stated that the official plural form is "Wii systems" or "Wii consoles."
Wii Family Edition[edit | edit source]
The Wii Family Edition is an upcoming model of the Wii. The model was announced on August 17, 2011 for release in Europe during Q4 2011. This model no longer has the option of standing vertical and is now horizontal. GameCube support has been removed and support for the GameCube controllers are also removed. This will replace the current Wii model and the original will cease production.