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Two reasons:

1- Nintendo built the Wii specifically with low power consumption in mind (they said so in one of their roundtables with Iwata). That goes a long way towards making the console reliable.

2- The Wii is an updated Gamecube, so it's likely that Nintendo has used a lot of the chips the Gamecube had. These chips are proven to be reliable after years of Gamecube manufacturing.

My Mario Kart Wii friend code: 2707-1866-0957