Nintendo Wii is one of the gaming consoles that a lot of gamers were sceptical about, upon its announcement in 2006, mostly because of its odd name. In the ensuing months, however, their scepticism quickly became anticipation with the announcement of some of the Wii’s innovative features, which includes: amazing internet connectivity, motion controls, backwards Gamecube connectivity, including the ability to take advantage of older Nintendo handhelds and consoles to download titles using the Virtual Console.
When it came down to it, the name didn’t really matter. It had absolutely no effect on the launch, which made it the most successful Nintendo game until the introduction of the switch more than ten years later. Nintendo had a very effective marketing campaign for this console, and the ingenious Wii Remote was able to attract a lot of first-time gamers as well as casual gamers.
However, there’s been some debate amongst gamers about the success of the Wii in gaming history. Although it started better than any console, Nintendo was unable to hold the attention of the new and casual gamers who joined them when they first started. As the novelty wore off, and with the debut of the Xbox 360 and PS3 with all their innovative motion control systems, the sale of Wii began to decline. The Kinect’s debut in 2010 was the final blow that killed the system. Nintendo continued to produce and support the Wii until 2013, but by 2011 they had stopped making any significant release.
Regardless of all that, the success recorded in its first few years was enough to put the Wii on the map as one of the consoles with the best-selling record of all time. It is the third best-selling console after the first two PlayStations, while it ranks fifth (after the Nintendo DS and the Game Boy) if we’re considering handheld system. From the date of its launch in the year 2006, down to 2008, there was shortage of this system across the world, with players residing in America finding it difficult to get the system.
Just like some other Nintendo consoles and handhelds, their system was better known for having exciting exclusive first-party releases and not for its third-party support system. Nintendo’s game collections that utilized the Wii Remote (Fit, Resort, Play and Sport) were actually the biggest hits from the console. Mario Party 8, New Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Galaxy games, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart Wii are some of the system’s other top sellers. Some third-party tittles were also successful, and top amongst them are - Rayman Raving Rabbids, the Michael Jackson Experience, Monster Hunter Tri, Red Steel and Deca Sports and Epic Mickey. Resident Evil 4, The ports of Guitar Hero III and Rock Band didn’t do bad either. And regardless of the fact that it didn’t do so well in the market, Monolith's Xenoblade Chronicles was a great Nintendo-exclusive tittle that RPG fans could enjoy.
Let’s not forget the Virtual Console. Nintendo produced more than 400 retro tittles, comprising of their own catalogues and the platforms of a lot of their biggest rivals. You could even download games for the Turbografx, Sega's Master System and Genesis, Commodore 64 while selecting arcade titles.
The Wii released two variants. They both had lower retail prices and were more compact compared to the original console, but certain features were sacrificed. The ability to keep the system horizontal was added, sacrificing controller port and Gamecube compatibility. The Wii Mini can be described as an ultra-compact version which had the ability to move the disc loader up the unit, but a lot of the connectivity features were let go along with Gamecube support.
The Wii was rendered obsolete by the Wii U, considering the fact that it’s compatibility with the former console’s digital download titles and physical media was a backward compatibility. The Wii happens to be the only remaining console that can run Gamecube games natively, although with a little hacking it can be run on the Wii U. Nowadays, lots of users downloading emulators and playing Nintendo Wii roms games on their stationary computers or laptops. You can also try it by yourself by downloading an emulator from our website and playing your favourite Nintendo Wii ISOS games.