Ruth Mortimer writes, "It's that time of year when children start making their lists for Father Christmas promising that they have been very good all year long. But even the best-behaved kids may be disappointed if they want a Nintendo Wii. The console has been continuously sold out in shops around the UK for months; you can't even bribe Santa with a dram of whisky and a premium mince pie."
"But why has the Wii been so popular? Just over a year ago, everyone assumed that Sony's Playstation 3 would be the dominant console around the world. Nintendo was a giant of the computer industry in the 1990s, but was unable to compete on the same terms as Sony or its other main rival in consoles, Microsoft."