According to a Nintendo of America representative, production of the Wii has not been discontinued in regions outside of Japan – speaking to Gamespot the rep said:
“The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.”
The Wii saga continues, then, at least for a year or two longer.
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Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that production of the company’s incredibly popular Wii would end in the near future, and today it’s been revealed that manufacture of the home console “has ended.”
As of June 2013, the Nintendo Wii had sold 100.04 million units around the world, helping the machine to become Nintendo’s most successful home console of all time, and the third best-selling gaming device behind the Game Boy and Nintendo DS (which sits at 153.93 million units sold as of June 2013).
Following its launch in 2006, the Wii was consistently sold out and famously unavailable month after month in stores for at least a year as market analysts continued to remark at the incredible sales performance of the system, in part thanks to its casual appeal with Wii Sports and Wii Fit.
Gamers have continued to be hot and cold on the console over the years after the initial excitement of motion controls died down and was labelled a fad by punters, but we got some amazing games from the Wii with titles including Super Mario Galaxy, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and the evergreen Mario Kart Wii, RPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Monster Hunter, as well as two Zelda titles (Skyward Sword and motion-enabled Twilight Princess). Punch-Out, Dead Space: Extraction, Super Paper Mario and Resident Evil 4 were also pretty spectacular.
Which have been your favourite Wii games over the years? Did you contribute the the console reaching 100 million units mark?