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Wii production to end in Japan

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 11:59 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has announced it will cease production of Wii consoles in Japan, after selling a reported 12.7 million of the consoles across the country since 2006.

The company confirmed the end of Wii production over on its Japanese site, as spotted by Game Jouhou and Gematsu.

One line simply states, “production will soon end.”

Did you still have your Wii console? Do you have any fond memories of it? Share them below.

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13 Comments

  1. SplatteredHouse

    Inb4: “that really must have been a dud, to crash this fast, huh!” – johnny mainstream. In fact, tbh, I had to re-read the headline, because at first glance…

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Wow, it’s weird isn’t it. At first I thought that that number is a bit low, as worldwide they must have 100 million or more sales, but then, it’s still a Wii for one in every 10 Japanese people, and probably means that every second household has one. That’s good going…

    I guess they want to phase the Wii out to try to drive sales towards Wii U.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    They may as well stop making the Wii U too. They will already have more than they will ever need.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. mistermogul

    RIP Wii…

    You were an interesting console that I feel never fully realised your potential. I will not miss your waggle.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    RIP

    The Great Disruptor!

    #5 12 months ago
  6. fengato

    Not fond memories for me – the embrace of waggle encouraged Nintendo down a self destructive path. Whilst chasing the blue ocean, they stopped investing in the tools and people that are necessary for producing games that stand the test of time. The Wii is a sad obsolete relic in the back of so many cupboards – virtual console and Gamecube support are the only things that keep mine around.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @6

    You can kind of blame consumers for that.

    Last time they tried to ‘power house’ it (Game Cube), no one bought it…

    What is a boy to do? Scrambled eggs and ‘Waggle’ all over my face…

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Bomba Luigi

    You can’t blame Nintendo for given the People what they want and making a lot of Money. Thats kinda the Point of what Companys do.

    Was it the best for Hardcore Gamers? While it had some really good Games, probably not. But the World is not just Turning around the Butts of Hardcore Gamers.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. fengato

    @7 The Gamecube could have been the SNES II if Nintendo aggressively pursued 3rd party support, went with the controller button layout that they invented (and became the industry standard) and used full size DVDs. Oh what a console that would have been.

    @Luigi – but that was a short term strategy that didn’t continue to pay off. Whilst riding the wave of the fad, Nintendo stopped investing in the games and teams that would keep them profitable and relevant for the future. There lies the problem with the Wii – and the inherited problem of the Wii U.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    @9

    Maybe, I think the market had moved on by then though. Generation shift after the PS1 had become the new ‘SNES’ for many young gamers as it was there first console. PS2 became the choice for many.

    I think Nintendo realised that and knew it wouldn’t be able to survive doing exactly the same type of thing as MS / Sony.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. yeoung

    Regardless of percieved quality, the Wii got a lot of non-gamers into gaming and made Ninty a bunch of money along the way.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. Cobra951

    Very sad. The abandon so soon into their new gen wrests away all confidence that the WiiU will get any kind of support in the future. Makes it less likely that I will ever buy one.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. DLTDawnlight

    Since Wii U is fully backwards compatible with Wii, it would make sense.

    #13 12 months ago

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