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Nintendo traces its roots back to a handmade card company founded in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889. The name of the company means “leave luck to heaven” in Japanese.

Through the years, Nintendo embarked in a variety of business ventures, including a taxi company, a food company and a love hotel chain. It wasn’t until 1974, with the distribution of Magnavox Odyssey video game console, that the company made its first incursion into the video game industry.

From the late 70s, Nintendo’s focus on video game consoles solidified and by 1989, Nintendo released the second handheld system in history, the Game Boy.

The Wii video game console was launched in 2006 and it was a seventh generation console. Although the console was initially named Revolution, the company decided to change it for a name that projected a friendly image of the system and also that was easy to pronounce around the world, hence the name Wii.

The Wii console targets a wider demographic than earlier consoles released by Nintendo. The variety of games developed for Wii enable people of all ages and interests to enjoy the console and its games. Wii games were a hit with young kids and older adults from the beginning. The Wii console and its games received a great reception in retirement communities as an easy, enjoyable way for senior citizens to get some exercise while having fun, safely.

In November of 2012, Nintendo introduced the successor to the Wii, named the Wii U. The new system supports high definition graphics and is controlled through a GamePad that has a touchscreen.

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The Nintendo Wii console was developed to appeal to a wide demographic and the games developed for this platform expand over generations and interests.

Nintendo developed and released its own games for its Wii console; some of the most successful franchises are Super Mario, Pokemon, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda. But many other companies have developed succesful games for the Wii platform, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Sega and Ubisoft.

A few of the most successful titles developed for the Wii platform include: Just Dance Series (Ubisoft), Lego Rock Band (Warner Bros), Call of Duty Series (Activision), Sonic Series (Sega), The Madden NFL series (Electronics Arts), The Amazing Spider Man (Activision) and the Rabbids Series (Ubisoft).

It’s hard to narrow down a list of the games that have been released for Wii. Almost 900 million Wii games have been sold around the world, as of 2014, with Mario Kart Wii being the best selling unbundled game to be sold worldwide.

Mom rating

What makes Wii a great console is that the whole family can use it. You can have an intergenerational bowling tournament including your 80-year-old grandfather and your 3-year-old toddler.

Wii games expand all interests too; there are Yoga and running games that Mom or Dad can do, and also games for little ones that promote the development of a variety of skills like the Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece or a variety of Dora and Diego games tailored for 3 to 5 year olds.

For older kids, there is a wealth of non-violent games, such as FIFA, Madden, Wii Sports, and a multitude of sports oriented games.

We love that Wii games get the whole family up and moving and, most importantly, interacting and having fun with each other.

For its fun and active component, we give Wii 4.5 starts out of 5

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  • Established 1889
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