A new crop of games, led by PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect, steps up motion-sensing technology.
It didn't play DVDs or CDs. It couldn't handle HD graphics or surround sound. And it had a pretty goofy name.
What the Wii did have was the motion-sensitive "Wiimote." By waving the wireless video-game controller, a gamer could manipulate the on-screen character – one flick of the wrist sent Mario jumping, race cars flying, and golf balls soaring through the air.
The Wii was a risk for Nintendo. Conventional wisdom said that the way to make money was to create more advanced and better-looking games. But Nintendo executives bet that the Wii would attract an audience of so-called "casual gamers," who have little interest in spending 30-plus hours on the latest first-person shooter, but who might swing at a pixilated tennis ball a couple times a week.
The gamble paid off: The Wii was a sensation.
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