The lights are on
According to a Japanese website, Nintendo will soon be ending production of its successful Wii console.
CVG reported on a picture that was posted on Nintendo's Japanese website. According to the article, a line of in the top right of the photo (above) of two Wii units translates to "manufacturing is scheduled to end soon."
If true, this would mark the end of the line for a console that helped re-establish Nintendo as a major player in the home console market. It has sold over 100 million units since its release in 2006. We've seen reports that it still been outselling Nintendo's Wii U as recently as this past summer.
Our Take:While it's likely the move is being made because Nintendo feels that the Wii might be undermining sales of the Wii U, I think it would be a mistake to totally end production of the unit. At this point, the Wii is cheap to produce, and could likely have a few more years of success as a budget console or in emerging markets. Perhaps Nintendo is looking to launch stripped down Wii Mini console in the U.S., Japan, and the rest of the world?
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They're stopping this, quite predictably, and making the Wii U easier to use for Wii games. Sounds fine to me.
Kinda not all that surprising. Why keep production going on the old console when they have the new one that they want people to buy. It'd be similar to apple keep making old versions of the iPhone. They need the consumer to buy the next biggest thing.
It sounds fine to me!
The Wii was a good console for me for reasons that had nothing to do with Wii games. I enjoyed a couple of them but mainly the Virtual Console was the selling point for me. I bought it for my wife since she only plays Mario and Zelda games (I got her to play DKC Returns though). She isn't interested in the Wii U so I don't have any plans to grab one in the near future. I probably will sometime down the line, possibly next year, to grab some 1st party titles.
There is a complete Wii dashboard inside the WiiU, all DLC games are transferable from Wii to WiiU, WiiU is backwards compatible with Wii games, If you're worried about no backwards compatibility with WiiU and gamecube games.. then just go get a 15$ gamecube. Wii is a completely obsolete system.
Well, the rest is well-earned. It had a terrific run and I'm happy with the gaming memories I've accumulated because of it.
What a wonderful system. I assume they just mean for japan. Emerging markets? sure
Oh snaps, I better pick up a system before they disappear!
That's too bad. I thought Nintendo would give it more time.
Oh wait a second, they're talking about the Wii.
My bad. ;)
"At this point, the Wii is cheap to produce, and could likely have a few more years of success as a budget console or in emerging markets."
Emerging markets? Maybe, but there are so many pre-owned Wiis out there at this point, it is really hard to sell a new console, as evidenced by the rapid decline of the console's sales.