It’s the end of an era.
Nintendo has announced it will no longer be servicing the original model of its Wii console in Japan after March 31.
This relates to the RVL-001 model of the Wii in all of its colour variations. So, for now the RVL-101 model launched in 2011 and the Wii mini RVL-201 model launched in 2017 are both safe.
According to the company, finding the right parts to perform repairs on the now-13-year-old piece of hardware has become difficult. Nintendo even warns that if you do happen to send your Wii in prior to the March 31 deadline, it still might not be able to perform repairs if the necessary parts are no longer in stock.
After over a decade with the console it’s perhaps no surprise that things are winding down on Nintendo’s end. Last summer we reported the company would be releasing its final title for Wii, Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2020.