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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 issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]