When the Nintendo Wii first arrived on the gaming scene, many gamers weren't sure what to make of it. It didn't have the gorgeous graphics and high-definition viewing experience of the Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3, and it wasn't exactly geared toward hard-core gamers. In fact, the Wii attracted just the opposite: families and non-gamers.
More than two years later, the Wii continues to be a hit. Nintendo sold 10.17 million Wii consoles in 2008 alone, a total of 55 percent of all home console sales, according to NPD data. Even the Wii accessory category has grown, with game enthusiasts stocking up on different Wii controller add-ons to enhance game play. As of January 31, 2009, traffic to the Wii Consoles and Accessories page on PriceGrabber.com increased 19 percent year over year. Specifically, the Nintendo Wii Zapper, which you'll read about here, is one of the most-searched for Wii controllers on PriceGrabber.com.