What Is a Nintendo Wii?


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The Nintendo Wii is Nintendo's fifth major gaming console and is the successor to the company's previous console, the Game Cube. The Wii was released on Nov. 19, 2006, in North America. With over 90 million units shipped worldwide, the console is Nintendo's best-selling home console ever and the third best-selling home console of all time.

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The console, which is very small compared to previous consoles, comes with a Wii Remote and a Nunchuk. These devices are used to control the machine and, in most cases, play games. The Wii Remote can detect movement and is held with one hand. The Nunchuk can be connected to the Wii Remote with a long cord, allowing for more control. Like the Remote, the Nunchuk can detect movement.

The console is portable and compact. Although it is generally laid horizontally, the Wii comes with a stand so that it can be positioned upright if need be. The system has a large slot on the front for inserting games. This slot is surrounded by a glowing blue neon light. The slot can accept both the 8-centimeter discs used by the Game Cube and the standard 12-centimeter discs used by Wii games.

The Wii was also later remade into the smaller Wii Mini.

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