Wii production ends

Nintendo no longer manufacturing console after more than 100 million sales worldwide to date.

Wii production in Japan has come to an end, according to an update on Nintendo's Japanese website. A statement posted to the page and translated by Kotaku reads "production ended."

Earlier this month, Nintendo said it would cease production on the aging platform "soon."

It is not clear what this means for North American and European production schedules. A Nintendo 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. The most popular non-bundled Wii game is Mario Kart Wii at 34.26 million copies sold.

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 last month, dropping the MSRP for the 32GB model to $300.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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G-Cuber
G-Cuber

I own an NES, SNES, Gamecube, Wii and Playstation 3. As thankful as I am for the Playstation bringing me to the next level of gaming, I will always be fond of, and have a special place in my heart for, my beloved Nintendo memories. I love my 8- and 16-bit classics, and I think the Gamecube is THE most underrated console, ever. The Wii, however... the motion control was innovative and interesting; for about a week. Then... meh. It was monotonous and a bit silly. I was stoked over the `net interactivity (though NOTHING compared to the PS3), downloading a lot of classics, comparing my Mario Kart stats, but eventually decided to bring my Wii to the next level my modding it. Now, I can play NES, SNES and SEGA Genesis ROMs on it. I was looking into purchasing another Wii - yes, after a long period of ownership; been busy with PS3 - and have found there isn't a Wii to be had for love nor money; plenty of Wii Mini's, though. That`s when I came across this article. So, Nintendo`s giving up on the Wii? Well, after reading about what a piece of sh*t the Wii Mini is, they picked the wrong console. I won't even get into the Wii U, because after purchasing a PS3, Nintendo's "next-gen" offering is a joke. I was thinking of continuing my search for a "regular" Wii, but after reading this article, I think I've changed my mind. Good luck Nintendo, I wish you well, but your lack of serious titles, your repetitive games (how many Mario's and Zelda's - which are all, essentially, the same - can one play?), and your low-grade hardware, have made my PS3 nearer and dearer to me.

megakick
megakick

Nintendo should issue a $50 off Wii-U coupon for current Wii owners then maybe people will buy the Wii-U.

fcga1976
fcga1976

I still have 1,000 wii points to spend.... Where should I spend it? Any suggestions? I am afraid that Nintendo could end everything with wii and I might lose my wii points....

blackace
blackace

Nintendo stopped support the Wii like 2 years ago. They really didn't released anything worth buying over the last 2 years. I'm still happy with it. There are still a lot of games I need to play on it.

BigZman95
BigZman95

I think if Nintendo really made an investment in the Wii U it could have serious potential. Personally I think the problem is that it's marketed to non-gamers. Of course, the fact that it was marketed to non-gamers is probably what sold so many Wiis in the first place soooo...


Willy105
Willy105

Too bad, but considering the Wii is killing the Wii U, it's reasonable Nintendo would want to get rid of it's biggest competitor. 

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

Probably the first time the best selling console died so early. The games released on it died years ago. 

bannermanner
bannermanner

I thought it was a great business move, but one that threatened to take gaming several steps backwards.  I'm not going to miss it.

philippnovikov
philippnovikov

RIP Wii, a truly special console. Maybe the only one that can't be replaced by PC. And I'm saying this as a trueЪ PC fanboy.

prats93
prats93

Despite all the shovelware and crap that unfortunately plagued the system during its lifecycle, indie spirted titles and risk taking mid-tier gems (Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, Pandoras Tower, No More Heroes, Little Kings Story, Zack and Wiki, Trauma Team, Boom Blox, Rythm Heaven Fever, Fragile Dreams, Sin and Punishment) stood the part and helped alleviate the filth that was the generic brown and grey AAA titles on the PS3 and 360 that were more concerned with elaborate movie like cutscenes than interesting mechanics and gameplay. This was ofcourse long before the rise and recognition of indie games on console. But how could we forget Nintendos masterpieces, Super Mario Galaxy 1+2 and Skyward Sword, which helped remind us what games should really be about. RIP Wii.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

I am Ejoying my wii games  as it has some of the very addictive games on it  and  i think it had a good run

AlexFili
AlexFili

Wonder how long the 360 will remain in production for

CTR360
CTR360

WII its good console i like it

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

for me it had the shortest period of playing, near 9 months only, then i sold it.

but i wish every great game of wii to be hd remastered on wiiu.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

I still play with my red wii :)

ACMC85
ACMC85

They had some pretty amazing games and showed how to do some things very well. People missed out on some great titles.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Why stop now? The system is still very popular..very strange decision.

hystavito
hystavito

I remember when they announced this awhile back I commented on that article that it was a pretty short run.  If you think about it though, the fact that such a massively successful platform is already ending production (at least in Japan, maybe others will follow soon) kinda shows that it really was a lucky strike, that it was a gimmick that caught people's attention briefly, like all those stories you hear how people put it down after a few months and forgot about it.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

This should of happened a long time ago really. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

These things will be popping up in garage sales for decades to come, alongside the various types of ab trainers.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Good to see he mentioned Mario Kart instead of the inflated Wii Sports sales.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I told everyone years ago that the PS3 would win this gen in sales and finish in first place.  Everyone laughed at me and I was relentlessly ridiculed in gaming forums.  But the PS3 is slowly getting there.  PS3 will continue to sell for several years while the obsolete Wii is discontinued.

kgallis21
kgallis21

@BigZman95 No the problem is its marketed to KIDS. Too much Mario and two little Battlefield type games

Glongold
Glongold

@adkcrazox *chuckle* With a dirty enough mind that almost sounds perverted. : P

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@hystavito Nintendo treated it like a gimmick, or a cash cow. Because they did not do much yet raked in the money. 

NO new Big IP, very few New Nintendo game that did not have the name Mario in it...ETC.  Also they had great new IP that showcased what could be done and then left it at the concept level and did not evolve any of those games further. Nintendo did not even evolve the controller much further even after they added the Wii motion+. 

I got a few games and later when my kid got older we played plenty of GC and Wii games. Though many are lack luster, and basically a money grab. There were a few gems that made it worth it as the Wii did not cost so much.  

ACMC85
ACMC85

@hystavito I still play mine. It was a great system and seven years is a pretty long run. Considering it is only a gaming console, not some goofy hodgepodge 360 was trying to be. At least PS3, did it better. 


And if you want to ask, what am I talking about you seem to have a quick memory too.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

True that. R.I.P Nintendo Wii. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@SIDEFX1 

They probably still saw demand/sales for it, just like how the PS2 only recently stopped being produced.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@nurnberg The only way this would be possible is if like the PS2 Sony stopped the certification process.  Open the PS3 up to anyone who wants to make games for it, sell the tools, game engines for cheap, and continue to support it with PSN updates, and a game now and again. 

Still, this is not the form to even bring up PS3. Why here. Wii is a great console. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@nurnberg 

It's unlikely but possible. Every European country besides the UK prefer PS3 to 360 by a mile. So Europe could help push PS3 sales up there.

xcollector
xcollector

@nurnberg The PS3 is like that kid that can't accept defeat so he keeps begging for one more game to even the score but its dark outside and everyone else is tired and wants to go home. The game is over. 

phbz
phbz

@nurnberg I don't know what to say without hurting your feelings. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@nurnberg 

Do you honestly think that the PS3 will see another 25m in the next 2 or 3 years? I believe the PS2 sold an extra 10-15m after the PS3 came out and that was a console that absolutely dominated the market, not a console that's been constantly pitted against another one. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@jo8n3645 @BradBurns 

I guess that does make it kind of redundant....but Wii U is still a bit less convenient since it doesn't come bundled with a Wii mote/nunchuck.

Andrex1212
Andrex1212

@ACMC85 @hystavito 7 years isn't long at all for a popular console. If it was the Atari Jaguar; yes that would be a long run. Compare this to the insanely long lifespan of the PS2 which sold a pretty similar amount of consoles as the Wii.

bluespire1
bluespire1

@the_repo_man6754

In my opinion the Wii was a over priced Game cube with Flashlights and a cash cow for Nintendo I'm glad its gone 

And the trolls is my favorite NFL team

BradBurns
BradBurns

@abHS4L88 @SIDEFX1 

Yeah, PS2 is probably among the best consoles ever, if not the best. I'm surprised they stopped making them. People really loved that super slim redesign.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Ravenlore_basic "Still, this is not the form to even bring up PS3. Why here."

an odd question to ask of someone with a trollface avatar. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@bluespire1

Neither will surpass the Wii, just because the system is no longer in production doesn't mean they still can't make sales. Plus like I said to nernberg, like the PS3, do you honestly believe the 360 will sell another 23m units within the next couple of years? 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Andrex1212 @BradBurns @jo8n3645 

IMO that's one of the Wii U's problems. It suffers a sort of identity crisis when it comes to control input methods. 

Like for multiplayer games, what is the ideal 2nd or 3rd controller? The Pro controller? The Wiimote? It varies from game to game too much and ends up being kind of confusing..

Andrex1212
Andrex1212

@BradBurns @jo8n3645 well obviously they aren't going to do that, they'd lose out on the money from hardware sales which is HUGE for console developers.

G-Cuber
G-Cuber

@bluespire1I think you're dead-on. The Gamecube is a fantastic - and extremely under-rated - console; the Wii was, with the exception of the innovative Wiimote, and fancy Gamecube. Not a big improvement.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@BradBurns

Well I think there are enough PS2's out there so if someone still wants one, there's several million just floating around (not literally, lol). I wouldn't say that it's "the" best, but definitely up there. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@bluespire1

Considering it's still $199 after 8 years, by the time it hits like $99 (without a contract), interest will probably be completely shifted towards the XBox1 already. 

bluespire1
bluespire1

@abHS4L88

Maybe yes or maybe no you never know either PS3 or Xbox 360 after price cuts....Hm mm 

I'm only speculating

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@tiki_tidalwave

Ahh, well it's possible BUT Sony would have to continue to bust out games for the system because unlike the PS2, the PS3 is still selling (new and used) over $200, whereas the PS2 had already dropped below $200 when the PS3 came out. Game development is much more expensive and continuing to bring exclusives and multiplats that are both on the PS4 and PS3 could cannibalize PS4 sales, and I'm pretty sure Sony would prefer to see sales for the PS4 rather than the PS3. Same goes for Microsoft.