2006 – Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii is Nintendo’s most popular system to date, selling over 90 million units. It’s also the third most popular home system sold of all time. It’s started the motion gaming era, using the controller (named the WiiMote) to make motions which in turn affect what’s going on in the screen. The controller is able to detect movement in 3 different directions. This system targets gameplay quality as the primary function, and is supposed to appeal to even people who have never played video games before. It has been criticized for its lack of ‘Mature’ video games, but many families appreciate the fact that it doesn’t have many mature games. The Wii also has backwards compatibility with the Nintendo GameCube.
The Nintendo DSi was the successor to the Nintendo DS. It featured a camera and better hardware. It also included an online store where you could download games for the Nintendo DSi. It has sold nearly 27 million units.
2011 – Nintendo 3DS
The most recent installment in Nintendo’s portable game series line, the Nintendo 3DS yet again has been a revolutionary system, being the first and only system with a screen able to produce 3D images without 3D glasses. Additionally, the included camera can take 3D photos which can be stored in the system and viewed later. It is also the first portable system by Nintendo to include a circular like pad, as seen in the top left of the bottom half of the system. On the side there is a slider to toggle the 3D shown. Despite being revolutionary, it’s been criticized for the 3D features causing eye strain and headaches, as well as a poor line of games currently available. This is likely to be improved upon and fixed in the future. We will have to late and see how this will affect 3D gaming in the future.
2012 – Wii U
Nintendo’s newest system has yet to be released, and it will be the successor to the Wii. It will feature a touch screen controller with a six inch screen, which will be used along with the buttons to interact with the game. The console will also be able to stream content to the GamePad, which will allow people to continue playing games away from the television. It’s also said that the way online multiplayer is played on the Wii U will be largely improved upon the online multiplayer on the Wii. There is not much information about the console as of yet, but more will be available as the console gets closer to being released later in 2012.
There you have it. A historical timeline of Nintendo’s game systems. Please note, not every game system has been included in the article, only the significant ones. However, if I forgot a system that should’ve been included, please let me know. What’s your favorite Nintendo system to date?