Wii Production Will End Soon
Nintendo has confirmed that it will cease production of its Wii console in the near future. Before you go crazy, that’s referring to the original Nintendo Wii, and not the Wii U.
In a note directed to customers on the Wii product page, Nintendo’s website has the words “近日生産終了予定” placed next to its Wii console, which means “manufacturing is scheduled to end soon”.
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The ceased production will of course spell the end of the Wii’s story, which began all the way back in 2004 when it was announced. It then went on to become the most successful home console in Nintendo’s 125-year history. It was largely considered in the gaming industry as a pioneering device that popularised motion control.
It launched on November 19, 2006, and sold out almost immediately.
Back in July, Nintendo revealed that lifetime sales of the Wii surpassed the 100 million mark, which means the little white machine joined the elite club that now includes only three home consoles which ever managed to sell that number, with the other two being the PlayStation One and PlayStation 2.
However, interestingly enough, despite the Wii’s success it’s only Nintendo’s third most popular games device. This is of course if you factor in handhelds, where the all-time best seller is the Game Boy, which recorded lifetime sales of 118 million. The Nintendo DS drops in at second place.
In March, Nintendo launched the Wii Mini, which was designed with an objective of keeping manufacturing costs low. The hardware lacked online functionality, did not feature an SD card slot or support GameCube backwards compatibility.
It’s unclear whether the Wii Mini will cease production as well, or whether this model will outright replace the standard Wii console. It is worth noting though that the Wii Mini has yet to be released in Japan at the present time.