The lights are on
Earlier this week, we reported that Nintendo had ceased production of the Wii. There is good news for fans outside of Japan; the discontinuation only affects Nintendo's home territory.
Gamespot received comment from Nintendo of America clarifying the end of production. "The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan," a representative told the publication. "There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season."
As of July 2013, the Wii had sold over 100 million units. The console launched in the United States on November 19, 2006.
Our TakeI took the original discontinuation as good news for Wii U sales. There hasn't been a concerted effort to clear up confusion about the differences between the Wii and the Wii U. Leaving one console option on the shelf would eliminate any obfuscation and possibly lead to more people walking out of the store with a Wii U. After all, it can play every Wii game at retail.
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I should pick one up. I can't imagine they're very expensive...
Good news for people who haven't bought a Wii yet (?). I guess there could be some late adopters or people looking to have collections (an unopened Wii might be a nice addition). Personally I think they should have a Black Friday sale and empty their stock of Wii's to make some quick cash. I could see it if there is a short supply of units before the holidays. I am not Nintendo so I cannot guess at their reasons.
It hasn't died yet? Wow.
Rather surprising that there is enough of a demand for Nintendo to keep making them at all, given the lateness in the generation. But why not? That machine is pure profit for them. Though, I think it would have been better to put out some more games on it to this point.
Aww ... has Ninty *not* been %100 clear with their (potential) consumer base again? Well, at least they dragged some random spokesman out from hibernating under his rock to set the record straight sooner or later.
How long was the PS2 made for after the PS3 came out? Discontinuing it now, even if it is only in Japan, seems incredibly premature.
Just kill it already.