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Everything you need to know about the Wii: from cheapest offers to best games

The Nintendo Wii has been a huge success since its launch back in 2006 - selling over 86,000,000 consoles since its release, making it one of the most successful video game consoles of all time. Thanks to its innovative new control system which allows players to control their games based on motions they make using the controllers, rather than relying on button presses, the console opened up gaming to a whole new demographic. People who would never have imagined themselves owning a games console were now buying up games in their droves.

Further success came with the marketing of the system as a fitness device, thanks to the arrival of the popular Wii Fit game, where players took on daily exercise routines in a bid to shed the pounds. This unique proposition has ensured that Nintendo's console has stayed at the top of the pile this generation, and despite the fact that its successor will be officially announced within the next few weeks, sales are still going strong.

The basic Wii system including the games Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort is now available for as little as £99 from Dixons and amazon.co.uk, representing a drop of almost fifty per cent on the original launch price, and further savings can be made by eagle eyed shoppers who look out for bundle deals and special offers in stores.

The most popular games for the system include the aforementioned Wii Fit, as well as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario Kart Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns. For those seeking more mature action, The Conduit 2 and Mad World, both published by Sega, represent some of the more adult oriented titles on the system.

It may be five years old now, and on the verge of being replaced, but the console still has a lot to offer, so if you've managed to avoid buying one so far you've got absolutely no excuse not to invest now that the Wii is available for the cheapest offers ever.

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