Wii Sports is a sports game developed and produced by Nintendo as a
launch title for the Wii video game console. It was first released in
North America along with the Wii on November 19, 2006, and was released
in Japan, Australia, and Europe the following month. The game is
included as a pack-in game with the Wii console in all territories
except Japan, making it the first game included with the launch of a
Nintendo system since Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy in 1995. Wii
Sports is part of the Touch! Generations brand. The game is a
collection of five sports simulations, designed to demonstrate the
motion-sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote to new players. The five
sports included are tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing.
Players use the Wii Remote to mimic actions performed in real life
sports, such as swinging a tennis racket. The rules for each game are
simplified to make them more accessible to new players. The game also
features training and fitness modes that monitor player progress in the
sports. Overall, Wii Sports has been well received by critics and
received awards from the gaming press and entertainment community. It
is the best-selling video game of all time, having outsold the previous
best-seller, Super Mario Bros., in 2009. As of December, 31, 2009,
60.67 million copies sold worldwide. Wii Sports has been featured on
television in Wii commercials, news reports, and other programming. It
was followed by a sequel, Wii Sports Resort, in 2009.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Emperor Taizu began his reign in China, initiating the Song Dynasty
period that would eventually last for more than three centuries.
Forty-six of the Forty-Seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide)
in Edo, present-day Tokyo, as recompense for avenging the death of
their master, Daimyo of Akō Asano Naganori.
German scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered the Codex
Sinaiticus, a 4th century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, in
Saint Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.
World War II: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph
Stalin (pictured left-to-right) met at the Yalta Conference in Yalta on
the Crimean Peninsula to discuss Europe's postwar reorganization.
USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, logged her 60,000th
nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus
described in Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Making a show of being morally better than others, especially
2. (archaic) Holy, devout
Wikiquote quote of the day:
How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt
pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working,
dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain,
seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life. This
is our modern danger — one of the waxen wings of flight. It may cause
our civilization to fall unless we act quickly to counteract it, unless
we realize that human character is more important than efficiency, that
education consists of more than the mere accumulation of knowledge.