Wii (video game series)
|Genres||Simulation video games
Music video games
|Developers||Nintendo EAD Group 2
Nintendo EAD Group 5
|Platform of origin||Wii|
|First release||Wii Sports
November 19, 2006
|Latest release||Wii Sports Club
November 7, 2013
The Wii game series is a series of physical simulation video games, spawned by the Wii & Wii U consoles, that are similar in design, especially in their casual gameplay style and Mii integration. All the games have control schemes that simulate real life activities with the Wii Remote and the Wii U GamePad (except for the Wii Fit sub-series, which mainly uses the Wii Balance Board).
All games in the series involve the use of the Wii Remote and the Wii U GamePad or other peripherals to add a sense of realism to the gameplay (except for Wii Chess). All the games feature Mii integration (except for Wii Chess). So far there are 15 games in the series.
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The Wii uses motion sensors in the game controllers to allow gameplay that incorporates physical movements by the player to control action within the game. For example, in the Baseball game included in Wii Sports, the player holds the controller like a baseball bat and swings it in order to hit the ball in the on-screen game.
The Wii series has become one of the best-selling video game franchises, with each game in the Wii series selling millions of copies. Wii Sports in particular is regarded as the best-selling video game of all time. Wii Fit, within 18 months by June 2009, helped health games generate revenues of $2 billion, most of which was grossed by Wii Fit's 18.22 million sales at the time. The largest subset of the franchise is the Wii Sports sub-series. The total sales of the series and the games, as of March 2012, are listed below:
|Wii series release timeline|
|2009||Wii Sports Resort
Wii Fit Plus
|2011||Wii Play: Motion|
|2012||Wii Karaoke U|
|2013||Wii Street U
Wii U Panorama View
Wii Party U
Wii Sports Club
Wii Fit U
||The first game in the series and launch game for the Wii console. The game was sold bundled with the console in all regions except Japan and South Korea. Wii Sports is known for starting a new development direction for Nintendo involving simple gameplay, simple graphics, and motion control. It is currently the best-selling video game of all time.||81.64 million|
|Wii Sports Resort||
||Successor to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which was bundled with the game. Though the game was originally a standalone title, it is now bundled with the Wii console.||.
|Wii Sports Club||Wii U||
||Remake of the original Wii Sports game. It now requires the Wii MotionPlus accessory.||.
|Sub-series total: 113.18 million|
||The next game in the series, was a launch game for the Wii in Japan. It features a compilation of nine minigames, such as Shooting Range or Table Tennis, that are used to teach the user how to use the Wii remote. Wii Play was bundled with an extra Wii-mote, which contributed to making it one of the best selling video games of all time.||28.02 million|
|Wii Play: Motion||
||Sequel to Wii Play and is the most recent released game in the series. It includes twelve minigames, and it is bundled with the Wii Remote Plus, which is required to play. The minigames were created by various developers, including Good-Feel, Skip Ltd., and Arzest Corporation.||.
|Sub-series total: 29.28 million|
||The first game to use the Wii Balance Board peripheral, wherewith it was bundled. As a fitness-oriented game, it measures a user's weight, telling the user his or her health based on body mass index, and provides minigames for the user to exercise or to improve posture. It is currently the third-best-selling console game of all time of those not packaged with a console.||22.67 million|
|Wii Fit Plus||
||An enhanced version of Wii Fit.||20.48 million|
|Wii Fit U||Wii U||
||The next entry in the Wii Fit subseries which was announced at E3 2012 as a title for the Wii U console.||.
|Sub-series total: 43.15 million|
|Wii Party||Wii||Players partake in various party games. It is the first game in the series in which Shigeru Miyamoto was not involved in development.||7.94 million|
|Wii Party U||Wii U||
||Developed by the same team behind the original Wii Party.||.
|Sub-series total: 7.94 million|
||A chess game released in Japan and European territories for the Wii. It was called Wii Chess in Europe but in Japan it is a WiiWare title called Tsūshin Taikyoku: World Chess.|
|Wii Music||JP 20081016October 16, 2008
NA 20081020October 20, 2008
AU 20081113November 13, 2008
EU 20081114November 14, 2008
|Focused on using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to simulate playing instruments.||2.65 million|
|Wii Karaoke U||Wii U||JP 20121208December 8, 2012
PAL 20131004October 4, 2013
|Pre-installed on every Japanese Wii U.|
|Wii Street U||JP 20130207February 7, 2013
||Free (until May).|
|Wii U Panorama View||JP 20130427April 27, 2013
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- Wii U Party Will Get The Family Together This Summer
- As of March 2009.
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- Wii Sports Official Website
- Wii Sports Resort Official Website
- Wii Play Official Website
- Wii Play: Motion Official Website
- Wii Fit Official Website
- Wii Fit Plus Official Website
- Wii Chess Official Websites
- Wii Music Official Website
- Wii Party Official Website
- Wii Fit U Official Website
- Wii Party U Official Website
- Wii Sports Club Official Website