A Look Back at the Wii


The Nintendo Wii: It all started in the Christmas season of 2006. Consoles of that time were getting powerful; Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 were Nintendo’s prime competitors. While they were working on improving their graphics and processing power, Nintendo was taking a step in in the other direction. They were gearing their consoles toward a broader audience than Microsoft and Sony ever had. They did this with one extremely innovative feature: Motion controls. Wii controllers, or WiiMotes as they are called, tracked your movements and replicated them in-game. The Wii transformed gaming from something played only by hardcore gamers to an activity that could be enjoyed by everyone. The Wii’s motion controls were also very realistic for the time. For instance, in Wii Sports, instead of playing boxing by mashing buttons, you used your controller to punch, block, and shift your stance. The Wiimote had a variety of peripherals. The Nunchuk was one of them. By connecting it to your Wiimote, you had a joystick and extra buttons that you could hold in your non-dominant hand. Another favorite was the Wii Wheel, designed especially for Mario Kart Wii. If you placed your controller into the Wii Wheel, you could drive with it just like in real life. There were many more amazing peripherals such as the Zapper, the Balance Board, the Classic Controller, and the Wii MotionPlus, which drastically improved the Wii’s motion controls. The Wii also had a variety of amazing games. Below is a list of popular Wii games:


Wii Sports

Super Mario Galaxy
New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Mario Kart Wii

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Metroid Prime

Just Dance

and many more!


It is undeniable: the Wii is nothing short of a masterpiece. The Wii brought Nintendo to heights that it had never seen before, and gave us a new way to play many games that we already loved, like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and much more. It introduced many people to gaming who never considered themselves gamers. Most importantly, it shaped many of our lives, both as people and gamers. Do you own the original Wii? What’s your favorite Wii game? What was your favorite thing about the Wii?

For more information, please visit the following:

Nintendo Official Website

A Brief History of: Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii Britannica

Wii Accessories