When the Wii came out in 1996, it was the first modern-day video game system to use wireless motion controls. It was using a higher capacity game disc with a 4.7GB capacity.
Nintendo had a shortage problem with the Wii and I absolutely refused to camp out in front of a retail store for it on its launch day. So I waited a few days, then checked Craigslist to find one for sale. It was bundled with Zelda: Twilight Princess.
I got really lucky because I paid 50 dollars over retail for it.
There was such a shortage of Wii’s in 2007-2008 eventually some people paid upwards of 500 plus dollars as it got close to Christmas.
The Wii sold over 100 million units by the end of its life. It was one of the biggest successes Nintendo ever had for video gaming. And it’s my second favorite video game system, behind the original NES.
The motion control technology with the Wii remote was spot on, different, and really made you feel like you were swinging a real golf club, swinging a tennis racket, or swinging a sword while playing Zelda.
The virtual console was new at the time and helped fuel the popularity of retro video game playing. You could buy many retro classic games for around 5 bucks each.
My all-time favorite games for the Wii were Wii Sports, Skyward Sword, Mario Kart, and Sonic.
The Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U was released in 2011 and was never really a big hit like the original Wii was. It was supposed to be an HD graphic Wii with an interactive tablet controller. Wii U games were on a disc with a capacity of 25GB.
The marketing done by Nintendo was horrible, and a lot of people honestly did not know what its full potential was or why it was better than the regular Wii.
Not to mention it was way more expensive at around 300 – 350 dollars. And they were still selling the Wii and the Wii mini for 100 – 150 dollars.
Nintendo would sell over 13 million units though. A lot of the movement was due to bundles they did for a remake of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Super Mario Kart 8. Thank you, Mario and Link!
The Wii U system is 100% backwards compatible with most Wii Games and its motion controllers. I always saw the Wii U as nothing more than a Wii with an HDMI connector. And an awkward, clumsy Tablet Controller.
My favorite game on it was, you guessed it! Nothing.
When I bought one, I got it for the Zelda: Wind Waker HD bundle. I played it for a few hours and then put it back in the box. I could not stand playing with that tablet controller. Nintendo was in the gutter on this one; it was discontinued in the later part of 2016.
Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo Wii
Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo Wii U
Link to my entire Nintendo guide: Scotty’s Kick-Ass Nintendo Guide
Nintendo Wii & Wii U Online Videos
Here’s an original Nintendo Wii commercial with the Wii Sports Game.
Here is the very first Wii U commercial. I think it’s kind of horrible.
Nintendo Wii & Wii U Game List
The Wii Games I find the most fun to collect are:
- Animal Crossing City Folk
- Castle of Shikigami III
- Data East Arcade Classics
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Epic Mickey
- Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
- Fishing Resort
- Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit
- Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Super Bundle
- Just Dance 2
- Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
- Kirby’s Epic Yarn
- Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
- LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga
- Mario and Sonic Olympic Games
- Mario Kart Wii
- Mario Party 8
- Mario Party 9
- Mario Super Sluggers
- Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
- Metroid Prime Trilogy
- Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector’s Edition
- Metroid: Other M
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Oregon Trail
- Pokemon Battle Revolution
- Resident Evil 4
- Rock Band 2 Bundle
- Rock Band Special Edition
- Sonic and the Secret Rings
- Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Super Paper Mario
- Super Smash Bros Brawl
- Tatsunoku Vs. Capcom Ultimate All Stars
- The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
- Wii Sports
- Wii Sports Resort
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Zelda Skyward Sword
- Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Wii U Games I find the most fun to collect are:
- 007 Legends
- Bayonetta 2
- Call of Duty Black Ops II
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Cars 3 Driven to Win
- Devil’s Third
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- DuckTales Remastered
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Funky Barn
- Game & Wario
- Guitar Hero Live 2 Pack Bundle
- Hello Kitty Kruisers
- Hyrule Warriors
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- LEGO City Undercover
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Mario Kart 8
- Mario Party 10
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- NBA 2K13
- NES Remix Pack
- NES Remix Pack: Nintendo Selects
- New Super Luigi U
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Nintendo Land with Luigi Wii Remote
- Paper Mario Color Splash
- Pikmin 3
- Rodea the Sky Soldier
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Shovel Knight
- Super Mario 3D World
- Super Mario Maker
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Tank! Tank! Tank!
- The Croods: Prehistoric Party
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
- Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
- Wii Party U
- Wii Sports Club
- Wonderful 101
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Yoshi’s Woolly World
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- Zelda: Wind Waker HD