It's an oldie but a goodie. Yes, we all know that people love the Nintendo Wii. Gamers couldn't stop buzzing about the console when it hit the market -- and promptly flew off store shelves -- in November 2006. Two years later, you can expect another rush for the Wii during the holiday shopping season. What other video game consoles are on children's (and adults') wish lists this year? An annual consumer survey commissioned by Deloitte financial advisory group predicts that other platforms, including Xbox and Playstation, will also perform well, but Wii holds the top spot across the industry [source: Gunnison]. Despite the economic downturn in 2008, Wii remained the best-selling console, exceeding 11 million units sold [source: Snider].
What's more, popular Wii games will bolster sales of the console and accessories. For example, Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: City Folk" has been a big hit with gamers this year. You can compare the game's premise, in which you create and live in your ideal town, to "The Sims." Players can communicate remotely with up to three other players via WiiSpeak, adding a social networking element to the game. The "Wii Fit," "We Ski" and "Mario Kart" for Wii have also been making lists for the best holiday gifts of the year. But if you want to get your hands on one, you may have to wait for it. Even if you didn't buy your Wii on Black Friday, you might find yourself in an early morning line when new shipments come in closer to Christmas.