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The Wii ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} WEE) is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of the two others.<ref name="USA Today" /> As of the first quarter of 2012, the Wii leads its generation over PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales,<ref name="earnings release Q3 2009">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> with more than 101 million units sold; in December 2009, the console broke the sales record for a single month in the United States.<ref name="NPD: Wii, DS Sales Topped Seven Million In December">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The Wii introduced the Wii Remote controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and which detects movement in three dimensions. Another notable feature of the console is the now defunct WiiConnect24, which enabled it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.<ref name="Iwata Speech 06">Nintendo Corporation - Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, media briefing speech at E3 2006</ref> Like other seventh-generation consoles, it features a game download service, called "Virtual Console", which features emulated games from past systems.

It succeeded the Nintendo GameCube, and early models are fully backward-compatible with all GameCube games and most accessories. Nintendo first spoke of the console at the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled it at the 2005 E3. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show.<ref name="TGSspeech">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> At E3 2006, the console won the first of several awards.<ref name="E3 Awards" /> By December 8, 2006, it had completed its launch in the four key markets.

In late 2011, Nintendo released a reconfigured model, the "Wii Family Edition", which lacks Nintendo GameCube compatibility; this model was not released in Japan. The Wii Mini, Nintendo's first major console redesign since the compact SNES, succeeded the standard Wii model and was released first in Canada on December 7, 2012. The Wii Mini can only play Wii optical discs, as it omits GameCube compatibility and all networking capabilities. The Wii's successor, the Wii U, was released on November 18, 2012.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> On October 20, 2013, Nintendo confirmed it had discontinued production of the Wii in Japan and Europe, although the Wii Mini is still in production and available in Europe.<ref name=engadget-discontinue>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name=GSJapOnly/><ref name="mcvuk1"/>


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