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Nintendo Wii and GameCube hardware side-by-side

Wii Remote (Wiimote) and the GameCube Controller

The GameCube Controller's shape and button layout was nearly identical to it's console contemporaries (Sony's PS2 and Microsoft's Xbox), but the motion-sensitive Wii Remote is a dramatic departure from the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo is betting the Wii's innovative remote will attract new gamers, who may have been intimidated by previous console controllers.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...