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Nintendo officially halts Wii production

Monday, 21 October 2013 11:59 GMT By Dave Owen

Nintendo Japan has announced that it has ceased production of its fifth home console. In it’s last official sales total it was confirmed that 100.04 million Wii units had been sold worldwide, the company’s best selling home console. A message on the Nintendo Japan website reads: “manufacturing has ended.”

The Wii’s sales figures are bettered only by the Game Boy and the DS.

It’s an incredible figure by any standards, but especially given that most of those sales came within the first few years of the console’s lifespan. It took Xbox 360 far longer to reach similar sales.

Wii was criticised by many for leaning too far toward ‘casual’ game experiences which didn’t appeal to core audiences. Undoubtedly it was this appeal that made it so successful. It’s worth remembering though that the console was also home to Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, MadWorld, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Monster Hunter Tri, as well as a host of other first party favourites.

The focus now for Nintendo is to turn around the fortunes of Wii U, which, despite a year’s head start on PS4 and Xbox One, has failed to find much of an audience. With important first party games incoming, we should get an idea this holiday season of what the beleaguered platform’s future may hold.

Thanks, CVG.

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28 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    Oh no.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Translation:

    “We have ran out of the tape that sticks the 2 gamecubes together…”

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    It’s a great console though, and thankfully still lives on in Wii U and the Dolphin Emulator (make sure you buy the games though!)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. fengato

    @2 Nah, they just ran out of mildly overclocked Gamecubes.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. The_Red

    I’d say rest in peace but then again, that’s the last thing I want for this horrible excuse of a console. Aside from a select number of gems (Mario Galaxies and such), this is pretty much the worst console Nintendo has ever made and an insult to the glory days of SNES and NES.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    @5

    Not having HD made it ‘age’ really badly, still it has quite a few classic games with great art design.

    The main thing I take away from it is ‘couch co-op’. Even with a 360 / PS3 in the room, whenever friends were over, it was the Wii that got switched on.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. The_Red

    @6
    My problem isn’t just with the HD but the whole motion gaming thing. Imagine if Nintendo had done this with SNES: Instead of a the great console, we would have gotten a slightly upgrated NES with a mandatory Power-glove.

    That said, there is no denying the quality of some Wii games. The problem with is that those games were great / superb despite Wii and not because of it. Both Donkey Kong CR and Mario Galaxy games were worse because of stupid Wii-mote rules.

    It really was fun at parties though so, there’s that :)

    #7 1 year ago
  8. fengato

    @7 Summed it up perfectly. The NES Power Glove analogy is spot on.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    @7

    I know what you mean, I did actually enjoy the Wiimote for Mario Galaxy though. I liked the ‘tactile’ feeling it gave you within the games environment.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Panthro

    Another Nintendo thread, another bunch of next gen elitists complaining.

    The Wii did what it was expected to, it sold incredibly well and it was fun for families to play, meaning 2 parents and a few kids under 12…

    Families who only want to play Wii sports and a bit of Mario don’t need a 1080p resolution to do so, they simply don’t care about that.

    Come to think of it, neither did we 10 years ago… Its wasn’t ‘needed’ for 9/10 games that were on the Wii, sure it would have been nice to have but the sales figures proved that people who wanted the console didnt really give a fuck about HD back then.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Bomba Luigi

    Yeah, the Motion Controlls could be a Pain in the Ass. But damn, the Wii had some pretty good Games like Galaxy and Xenoblade. And some hidden Gems too, I for example very liked Fragile Dreams.

    It wasn’t the best Hardware, and Motion Controlls sucks for the most part, but it had some very good Games and I had a good Time playing them. So in the End, I’m happy that I have a Wii.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. mistermogul

    @7 +1

    As the Wii generation went on I got more and more fed up/annoyed with motion controls to the point where I am today in that they just put me off wanting to play any game.

    I really enjoyed the Zelda’s on Wii, Mario Galaxy, DKCR etc but I would have enjoyed them even more if waggle wasn’t tacked on…

    #12 1 year ago
  13. fengato

    ^ And the crazy thing is that they forced everyone to play that way. They could have easily offered classic controller support – now those good games are forever tainted by a fad that Nintendo no longer pursues.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Joe Musashi

    @12 I especially agree with regards to DKCR – which is my favourite Wii game. The waggle-roll function was horrible. Especially with DKCR’s standard level of challenge being pretty high. Hopefully the forthcoming DKC:TF will not be compromised the same way.

    JM

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Cobra951

    @10: That’s unfair, unless every long-time Nintendo fan is an elitist. I fully agree with The_Red (#7). We would have preferred good tactile controls over the forced waggle. The Wiimote has its virtues. Metroid Prime 3 is a lonely example of what direct pointing can do in first-person games. But then it went nowhere. Nintendo does very little in the first-person realm. Otherwise stellar games like the Galaxy’s and Zelda: SS were more of a chore to control than a joy. Nintendo felt obligated to push the waggle even where it clearly wasn’t necessary, or advantageous–or even any fun. And the button layout is horrendous, even when we did get to use buttons.

    Ceasing production so abruptly and so soon still hurts my confidence that Nintendo will back the WiiU for any length of time. When they decide to leave it behind (which may be soon if the dismal sales don’t pick up) they will likely drop production quickly as well, leaving existing buyers out in the cold.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. mistermogul

    @13 – Yeah man, it would have been so sweet if Nintendo had added classic controls as an option. Oh well…

    @14 – Couldn’t agree more that waggle roll and ground pound were awful… I didn’t even think about DKCTF having the same controls and just assumed it would instead use the Gamepad? Now I’m concerned! Really hope it’s the Gamepad…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    “As the Wii generation went on I got more and more fed up/annoyed with”… lackluster software support from Nintendo, and third-party wiimote support shoe-horning, or, lazy implementation of that technology. I still consider one of the most advanced games on that system to either be: Zack & Wiki, or Sonic & the Secret Rings – both of which suffered scuppering either by the game mechsnic (in Sonic’s case) or the tech (for Z&W)

    I was also irritated that they wanted me to alter my whole network setup to accomodate their archaic security support for online play. No support to begin with, without adapter, and the driver support for THAT dried up long before EOL – bloody dinosaurs! :(

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Panthro

    @15 My aim wasn’t to bash the Wii, it was just to point out that what nintendo did was cost effective for themselves as the market they were targeting aren’t so caught up on whether the console could output HD…

    I loved my Wii, among the games I played on the system I rank them among some of the best games to come out in the past 10 years:

    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    Mario Galaxy 1&2
    Twilight Princess
    DK country Returns
    NSMB
    Mario Kart
    Monster Huner 3

    ^Just off the top of my head, I enjoyed these games soooo much, And I didn’t let the fact that the games weren’t 720p/1080p get in the way…

    The console was for families, they didn’t care about HD and chances are still don’t… except maybe the dad.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Cobra951

    @18: Yeah, the good stuff was very good, *despite* the controller (not because of it). Looking at my shelf, though, I see only a few Wii games I love. Your list is longer than mine. I probably should give NSMB and DKC Returns a try, but the sad fact is that I’ve pretty much moved on. My Wii is still connected, but with a GC controller attached and Zelda Wind Waker in the slot. It got a lot more use as a GC than a Wii.

    The resolution did not bother me at all. Technology is not the issue here.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Panthro

    @19

    ‘The resolution did not bother me at all. Technology is not the issue here.’

    Its sad that a lot of other people cant see past the technology aspect isn’t it.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. mistermogul

    @19 – “I probably should give DKC Returns a try…”

    You really should, it’s superb and I very much doubt you’d regret it.

    If you have a 3DS though I’d get it on that as it lacks motion controls!

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Cobra951

    @21: Thanks for the heads up. I have a feeling that Zelda: ALBW will end up selling me a 3DS. If that happens, I’ll look forward to DKCR as well.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. pukem0n

    rest in peace, winner of the current console generation.

    we actually wont miss you, but still.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. noamlol2

    garbage system

    still it’s nice to know it had backwards compatability
    but region locked….

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Dragon

    Er… the article is misleading and the source (CVG) clearly mistranslated everything.
    Sometimes its better to leave the translation to experts and not Google translate.

    Wii has ceased production only in Japan.

    http://gematsu.com/2013/10/wii-production-to-end-in-japan

    #25 1 year ago
  26. pcbros

    I’m glad I kept my Wii :)

    The Wii was the best selling console last generation. Kind of hard to tell Nintendo they screwed up and should have gone a different route. Putting our own preferences in gaming aside, they dominated last generation.

    Although Nintendo has been doing things differently than the competition, for the most part, it’s been a smart move for them. The Wii outsold the 360/PS3. The DS outsold the PSP. The 3DS is outselling the Vita. Whether we personally like what they are doing, they achieving success.

    The Wii U is probably so far their first misstep in quite a while. Good news is that they still have time to fix it (the competition is just launching their new hardware) or they can just scrap it in a couple of years and start from scratch.

    I think Nintendo can mantain it’s “less powerful” tech strategy if they can price their consoles considerably lower than the competition. If they Wii U rolled out at $200-$250, I bet things would be way different.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. fengato

    ^ The issue is that the Wii U can’t reach that price point as the fisher price resistive tablet adds too greatly to the cost of manufacturing. It’s a millstone around the U’s neck. Like with the 2DS, I’d love to see a budget version of the U sans the tablet (with the Pro controller swapped in).

    As for Nintendo “winning” the last gen – it was a fad that spiked then violently fell off. It was a short term strategy that paid off early on, though cost them down the line as they stopped investing in the teams and games 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.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. pcbros

    @27 – I meant dominated in consoles sold. Whether it was the superior system or the console of choice is a different topic.

    I do agree that the GamePad should have been optional. Wii U Deluxe could have been bundled with it and Wii U Basic without.

    But you do make some good points above.

    #28 1 year ago

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    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]