—Satoru Iwata, E3 2005, revealing the Wii-prototype, Nintendo Revolution.
“While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.” —Nintendo, about the name "Wii".
The Wii is a Nintendo video game console that was released on November 19, 2006 in the United States for $250.00. It was then released in Japan on December 2, 2006, Australia on December 7, 2006, and the United Kingdom on December 8, 2006. In every country except Japan, Wii Sports is included with the Wii. For Wii Sports, in a conference, Shigeru Miyamoto explained how when they were creating the baseball game, they originally had Mario characters rather than the Mii characters, but soon decided to change it. The Wii came with 30 titles at its launch. Before the official name was announced on April 27, it was codenamed Revolution. The Wii has backwards compatibility with the Nintendo GameCube, meaning GameCube games can be inserted into the disc slot and can be played on the Wii.
Unlike the Nintendo GameCube, Wii game discs use the standard DVD size, which enables them to hold more memory than the GameCube discs: up to 4.37 GB (4,699,979,776 bytes) for single-layered discs, and up to 7.92 GB (8,511,160,320 bytes) for dual-layered discs. As more games are being released on the Wii, more games that utilize Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection have been made. This allows players to interact with other players around the world in games. The first game in the North American region to do so was Pokémon Battle Revolution on June 25, 2007.
The Wii sold 90 million units as of 2012, making it Nintendo's best selling home console.
The Wii U was announced at E3 2011 and it will succeed the Wii in 2012. It will be backwards compatible with Wii games and controllers.