Nintendo's pioneering Wii console celebrates its fifth birthday today, just a few months after the tenth anniversary of the GameCube. The Wii was the first of the major home consoles to introduce motion-controlled gameplay, using the now iconic Wiimote infra-red controller and the partnering nunchuck — a combination which has caused the death of more than a few TVs over the years. While Sony and Microsoft chased traditional gamers with promises of high-definition graphics and huge online experiences, Nintendo focused on a wider demographic, using a lower ticket price and franchises like Mario and Zelda to draw in the masses. Ultimately, it's a bet that paid off — unlike most consoles, the Wii sold at a profit from day one, and has reached 80 million homes worldwide. That's a tough act to follow, and with the next-generation Wii U just around the corner, Nintendo will be hoping it's got what it takes.
Nintendo's Wii turns five
Nintendo's Wii console was launched five years ago today, going on to bring motion-controlled gaming to over 80 million homes.