The Nintendo Wii, released on November 19th, 2006, was the follow up to the Nintendo Gamecube console. Featuring innovative motion controls that allowed players to have their actions duplicated on screen, the Nintendo Wii quickly went on to become the best-selling console of its generation. Massive hits like Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Smash Bros Brawl have helped the Wii maintain its momentum.
Included with every Nintendo Wii is Wii Sports. Perhaps the most popular game in the Wii's early days, Wii Sports allows players to use the motion controls to compete in baseball, tennis, golf, and bowling events.
The Nintendo Wii is credited with igniting the explosion of casual gamers over the past few years, and the combination of motion controls and Wii Sports is largely to blame for their interest.