Five years ago today, the motion control phenomenon started in Europe.

The humble Nintendo Wii reached European stores on 8th December 2006, and set sales records in many territories: in the UK, over 105,000 Wii consoles were sold in the opening weekend, beating the previous record of 70,000 sales set by the Xbox 360.

That success was replicated all over the continent, with more than 325,000 units across Europe the first two days of sale, becoming the fastest-selling home console in European history. Heck, even The Queen plays Wii.

Since then the Wii has received some of the finest titles in Nintendo's history: Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and plenty more.

Earlier this year we talked about The Revolution of the Wii and The Best Games on Wii and GameCube in commemoration of the console's enormous contribution to the games industry.

Did you pick up your Wii console on 8th December 2006? Share your Wii stories in our comments below.