The Nintendo Wii was launched towards the end of 2006 and has since proved itself to be one of the biggest selling gaming consoles of modern times. Nintendo created a niche of it’s own within the video gaming world by introducing a motion capture platform, which enables the console to pick up the players movements using wireless technology. This has taken gaming to a new level. Although it does not match the pure gaming power of consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, it offers so much more in the way of innovation, and uniqueness. It has also seen a wide variety of Wii accessories hit the market, such as the Wii fit, which is a a ‘keep fit’ style balance board, that can sense a persons movements. This comes with a range of varieties and mini games, which has been developed for health and fitness. It can also keep track of your weight and fitness progress.
The Nintendo Wii is one of the most recent additions to the video game market, but was certainly not the first. The first gaming system to hit the market was back in the mid sixties. This was called the Magnavox Odyssey.
The Magnavox Odyssey was the worlds first video game console, predating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years. It used a combination of analogue and digital circuitry and was the world’s first commercially sold video game console. After the short ‘lifespan’ of the Magnavox Odyssey and the Atari Pong, the Atari 2600 was launched. The Atari 2600 was the first successful console to use game cartridges, which allowed consumers to play multiple games on the same system and created a huge market for crude-looking but addictive titles such as Space Invaders and Pac Man. The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during the 1980s, “Atari” was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension for video games in general similar to “Nintendo” and “PlayStation” in the 1980s and 1990s. It was the dominant console for much of the second generation, with other consoles such as the Intellivision, Odyssey 2, and ColecoVision also enjoying market share.
The Atari 2600 was a hit and Atari became Warner’s most successful division and was Atari’s first entry in the newly emerging programmable console market, and led to the direct demise of the Game Brain console. It was a fun gaming console for its time for an 8-bit gaming machine, and with the exception of a few spectacular bomb titles like E. The Atari 2600 was the first widely distributed game console due to the success of Pong, the first mass marketed video game. The Atari 2600 was officially retired by Atari on January 1, 1992, making it the longest-lived home video game console in US game history and is one system that will live in history and that will always be remembered for starting home video gaming popularity altogether. The Nintendo Wii is a far cry from these consoles, and due to the advancement in technology over recent years, has created a huge gap, that would never have been thought possible back in the day. Other Wii accessories available on the market today are Wii boxing gloves, Wii Steering Wheels as well as a wide range of aftermarket Wii Sports Packs, making it a fun, enjoyable console for all the family to enjoy.