Nintendo's new Wii console has just been awarded a grand prize in US science and technology magazine Popular Science's annual Best of What's New award event.

The Nintendo Wii won in the category of Home Entertainment as "The Console That Gets You In The Game", beating other products such as the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player and Hitachi 37HLX99 LCD HDTV. The PlayStation 3 was not included in this year’s nominations.

The explanation for the Wii’s award, according to the magazine’s Web site, is as follows: “Remember when videogames were fun? When the controllers had only a couple buttons and you didn’t have to spend an hour learning the seven-step finger dance for ‘walk?’ Nintendo does, so it took a step back, looked at its superpowered competitors, and took a totally different path with its new console, Wii.“