Wii

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January 24, 2022

The Wii (ウ ィ ー Wī ?, pronounced as the English pronoun we, / wiː / noi) is a video game console, produced by the Japanese company Nintendo, launched on the market in 2006, as a successor to the Nintendo GameCube. It is the best-selling home console among those of the seventh generation and all previous ones of Nintendo, as well as one of the most popular consoles in the world The Wii was the main competitor to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

Overview

Development and presentation to the public

The codename of the console during the first months of development was N5, referring to the fact that this was the fifth home system developed by the Kyoto house. The Wii was first publicly shown during Nintendo's E³ 2005 press conference under the name of Nintendo Revolution, while the controller was unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show 2005 by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata during his speech. . The codename given to the console indicated the revolution that Nintendo would bring to the gaming world with it. The final name of the system was then made known during E³ 2006. The Wii was marketed on November 19, 2006 in America, December 2 in Japan, December 7 in Australia, Italy and Switzerland, December 8 in almost all Europe and December 9 in Spain, April 26, 2008 in Korea and July 12, 2008 in China. The console and the official Nintendo accessories are identified through an abbreviation of the type RVL-XXX, where XXX is a numerical value and RVL is a code that recalls the original name of the project. The first version of the Wii, for example, bears the abbreviation RVL-001, which later became for the Family Edition versions of the RVL-101 console. Although Nintendo said the console was aimed at a wider audience than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3, Wii, being part of the seventh era of video game consoles, competes with the other two. Although the system was released a year after the Xbox 360, it far outstripped both Microsoft's rival and Sony's PlayStation 3 in sales, making it the world's best-selling seventh-generation console.

Name

The Wii name has no real meaning; was chosen because it sounds like the English word we (we), indicating that the console is for everyone, and because it is easy to remember whatever one's native language is, moreover the double "i" symbolizes both its particular long-limbed controllers and two people playing together. While the term "the Wii" (meaning "the Wii console") is widely used, the correct form is "the Wii". The male gender of the name is confirmed by Nintendo itself on the manual attached to the console and in the official texts in Italian of the technical support.Accademia della Crusca also confirms that, in the absence of an Italian translation for a foreign term (Wii, in this case ), and since it is gender neutral, the masculine article is used in Italian. The PlayStation and the Xbox in fact are both female as they are the "play station" and the "X box" respectively, so there is an Italian translation of the neutral term.

Features

The console stands out from the others of its era, and from the previous ones, for the possibility of interacting with the video game through the movement of the arms, and for having a pointing system to the screen. These two features are not an absolute novelty in the world of video games, but for the first time they have been integrated into a console without resorting to additional peripherals. The cornerstone of the innovation is the controller, called Wiimote, in shape resembles a remote control and can be handled with one hand, as well as having a fairly classic set of keys, it is equipped with an accelerometer for detecting movement, and

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