Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii (IPA: /ˈwiː/) is Nintendo’s fifth home video game console and the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. Until its official name was announced on April 27, 2006, it was previously known by the codename Nintendo Revolution.

The system is unique because the console’s controller can detect its relative orientation in three-dimensional space, a feature not available on any other mainstream console.

The system was unveiled at Nintendo’s 2005 E³ press conference and the system’s game controller was revealed at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during his keynote speech in September. In an interview with Sankei Shimbun, Iwata confirmed that the Nintendo Wii will be released in North America no later than Thanksgiving 2006 (November 23). Internationally, Nintendo is considering attempting a launch with no more than 14 weeks of difference between the first and last launching regions.

Nintendo has announced that more details about the system will be made public at 16:30 UTC on May 9, 2006 at their pre-E³ 2006 Press Conference. A near-final Wii console will be unveiled. The venue will be the Kodak Theatre—home of the Academy Awards—in Hollywood, California. Nintendo will also be broadcasting this event live at the Nintendo World store. Nintendo and AOL held a contest that will give the winner the opportunity to be the first consumer to play the Nintendo Wii, on stage at the conference.