Wii production ending in Japan soon

Nintendo will stop manufacturing aging console in island nation soon; no word on other territories.

Nintendo will cease production of the industry-shaking Wii console in Japan in the near future, the company said today in an update on its website.

A Nintendo of Europe representative told Eurogamer that the production halt only relates to Japan, at least for now. Details about production schedules for Europe and North America have not been disclosed.

A Nintendo of America representative was not immediately available to comment.

The Wii was released in 2006 and has sold over 100 million units worldwide to date, millions more than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The system introduced motion-controls as a primary means of play, something competitors Sony and Microsoft would adopt later on.

Nintendo has shifted more than 872 million pieces of software for the Wii. The company stopped making games for the console last year.

Its successor the Wii U launched last year and has struggled thus far,selling 3.61 million units to date, below Nintendo's internal expectations. Nintendo implemented a price cut for the console two weeks ago, dropping the MSRP for the 32GB model to $300.

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98 comments
Gosaka
Gosaka

Playing snes game on wii mode on the gamepad look better, i dunno why.

SimcityTiles
SimcityTiles

Hehehe interesting :P I love the new eShop music :))) I love how its so much more you know wii u style.

People saying why not on TV!? What if someone uses the TV while you play a wii game :o oh noes

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

I don't understand everyones confusion.  This is free, if not for you than update, not use, and shut it?  Thanks NES, not sure if I will use it or not, but I absolutely like the option to.

lostn
lostn

I can't think of any applications where you would want to play Wii games on a small screen and still use wiimotes.

Puck269
Puck269

To me I'm kinda surprised by this, but welcome it.  What is odd is that you can offscreen play Wii VC games now without having to pay to upgrade them on the WiiU.   Sitting with the tablet in your lap while you hold the controller will be a nice addition while the kids (or other adults) are hogging the xbox on the main TV playing minecraft all night.  LOL

One of the big draws of  "upgrading" your VC games was the ability to offscreen play on the tablet.  Glad to see Nintendo is doing what is best for their consumers, instead of what is best for the all-mighty yen.  

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

What's the point of doing this?  You still need a line of sight to the censor bar and the TV.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Does the Wii U Pro Controller work with all Wii and Wii U games?

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I don't mind having to use the Wii remote for wii remote games, but would it kill them to let us use Pro Controller or GamePad for games with Classic Controller support?

6nips
6nips

This is a awesome update now I can play gamecube games using devolution with my ps3 controller on the wii u gamepad while watching tv :)

edinko
edinko

I still dont understand if people are masochists and why they want to suffer  games on the little screen instead on playing it on a big screen.

ANd I dont mean games played outside on some VITA or 3ds. WHy do you want to play games like this at home?

Elem187
Elem187

There is no way to do automatic mapping because different Wii games interpret the 'waggle' differently.

Each game would have to have its own mapping. How would you just automatically map something like Skyward Sword to the gamepad? The combat isn't going to automatically slice vertically/horizontally on its own without rewriting the entire game...

But people just like to complain about Nintendo to complain... I like this idea, I'm going to use the ppppppppiss out of it.

Petman8246
Petman8246

Despite what everyone's saying, I think it's not bad. Now I can at least play Wii games while the TV is occupied, and I actually kinda got blown back a bit when I figured out that the tablet had its own IR sensors for Wii Remotes to use. O_o

dap70
dap70

sounds to me nintendo are expecting u to go out and buy a wii remote/nunchuck just so u can play wii games on the gamepad, which is already an absurd idea, if for some reason u dont still have them. They are no better than micro$oft or $ony

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

slowly getting there, But i play few wii games with game pad. I like playing most of the games with wii remote

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

That's a little ridiculous. Using a Wiimote and Nunchuck setup on a hand held display. Even if you set the Gamepad on a table top it's still a little bizarre.


Joystick and button mapping/emulation would have been sweet.

Celsius765
Celsius765

Unified Accounts get to it Ninty

Celsius765
Celsius765

Irrelivant update and when we gonna get a nintendo direct with some hot news

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

ok, so, i can see the game on the gamepad......but cant use it if i dont have the original wiimote.......interesting.

WHAT THE FUCK NINTENDO?

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

What is the purpose if we can't use the gamepad controls to play the games?   This is really cool news if they can find a way to to use the Gamepad 100%. I mean the Gamepad is a controller... so why can't they figure it out to work on it? It's pretty much a waste of time story if they can't.

King9999
King9999

This story is no longer true: you can use the gamepad.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

Until the gamepad is actually able to be used as the controller, playing wii games on it seems like more of a hassle than a benefit. Why should I need a wiimote to play games that supported the classic controller? Requiring a controller to play a game on a device that is a controller itself is ridiculous.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

Lol what the hell is the point of playing on a tiny screen if I still have to use the wii mote? That defeats the whole purpose of using the GamePad.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

took you so long nintendo... ffs.

adsparky
adsparky

Sorry, but this is stupid, why enable this if you still need to use the wii mote if it were gamecube games it would be kinda cool, cause you can still play it with the gamepad; too bad it doesn't play gamecube games; but with the wii mote you can't even go far from your tv because you need the sensor bar.

buying1999
buying1999

Im not sure why this is so awesome???????

Halloll
Halloll

so with this update can I play a game that doesn't use motion and pointer controles like Little King Story without a Wii mote?

yienwae
yienwae

@lostn I can.  My son can play Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword and use the gamepad as an alternate screen while we're watching TV.  It works quite nicely.  It might be more difficult for him to do Smash Brothers since that requires a bigger screen.  I'd have to check that one out.  

But it would not work for games like Just Dance or the Rock Band series.  This feature does well with some games, but not with all of them.  

AttackOfTheCat
AttackOfTheCat

@Thanatos2k Gamepad has a sensor bar built in so u can turn off the TV. Played Mario Galaxy on it earlier - it's a very nice feature!

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

@JDWolfie not even all wii u games. It doesn't work with Wii games (as far as I know) at all. 

amillionhp
amillionhp

@edinko The concept doesn't apply to single males who have a television all to themselves. It does however lend itself quite well to families who share television, especially among those completely uninterested in/annoyed with gaming.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@FULGOREY2K If you don't have a Wiimote, why are you trying to play a Wii game? Better yet, why do you have a Wii game if you don't have a Wiimote?

thetravman
thetravman

@ohjtbehaaave remapping controls for over a 1000 games doesn't sound easy to me. I'm not sure what's possible, but if only the gamepad can at least function as a classic controller. What is here though is a great start.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@King9999 Have you got a source for that? If thats true then this is a brilliant feature but if i still need to use a wii remote then I might as well just keep playing on my TV

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@CriticalCritic It's not perfect, but it's a start. Think VC and games that don't rely on the pointing functions too heavily like Smash, Mario Kart Wii, Pheonix Wright, Sonic Colors, etc.

thetravman
thetravman

@adsparky There's a sensor bar on the gamepad, but it is a bit awkward if the game uses it extensively. Still works great for games that support the classic controller, like Xenoblade and the VC games.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@buying1999 It's more for games that don't rely to heavily on the Wii Remote's pointing function. Super Smash Bros, Pheonix Wright, Mario Kart Wii, all VC titles, etc.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@Halloll  

No, you still need a Wiimote. The option is simply there to play the game on the Gamepad screen.

lostn
lostn

@yienwae @lostn Does the gamepad stand up by itself? How far away does he have to be from the gamepad screen in order for it to recognize all his motions? The screen is quite small.

What would make more sense is if you could use the gamepad as a pro controller.

edinko
edinko

@amillionhp @edinko Well as far as I know most families have multiple rooms with multiple televisions and monitors.  So i dont understand how that can apply in a regular family.a common TV costs next to nothing. So if you have a family and an appartment then you have multiple TVs today. ITs as simple as that. A TV for your gaming place in your house/appartmnet may cost less than a standard grocery shopping trip. I dont uderstand this.

If you have a family and have a gaming PC or console than you can afford all the common TVs you need.I dont mean expensiv Tv`s. I mean something for a couple of bucks that is just for your private gaming. SO why would you suffer this little screens?I

adsparky
adsparky

@thetravman @adsparky I didn't know about the sensor in the gamepad, sorry; but as you say I imagine it gets pretty awkward using both, especially in a game that needs the nunchuck too.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@King9999 @Zepthire95 As do I and the feature currently doesn't include controls. Only video and sound (unfortunately). 

King9999
King9999

@Zepthire95 Gonna check for everyone here so I don't spread misinformation.

OK, so it's looking like the report was false. Sorry!

King9999
King9999

@Zepthire95 I should add that a person I know reported it.  I have a Wii U, but haven't had a chance to try it yet.