The Wii games console was released by Nintendo in 2006 as a successor to the GameCube. A new version, the Wii U, is due to be released in late 2012. The Wii outsells both its major competitors, the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox.
The Wii has many advanced features. Its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, can be used as a handheld pointing device and detects movement in three dimensions. WiiConnect24 enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.
The front of the console features an illuminated slot-loading optical media drive that accepts only 12 cm Wii Optical Discs and 8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Discs. There is an SD card slot behind the cover on the front of the console. The disc reader of the Wii does not play DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, or Compact Discs, but third-party modifications are available to allow it to do so.
The Wii Balance Board is a wireless balance board accessory that contains multiple pressure sensors used to measure the user’s centre of balance. Wii Fit was the first game to make use of the Wii Balance Board.
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