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It seems like the United States might be the last region standing with active Wii shipments. After earlier reports that production was shut down in Japan, Nintendo has confirmed that European imports have ceased.
The news comes by way of MCV, which received comment from Nintendo. "Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued," Nintendo told the publication.
The company was quick to point out that the Wii U can play Wii software and can make use of the existing peripherals. The Wii Mini is still on shelves in European territories. That console features no internet access or Gamecube backward compatibility.
Our TakeI still think it's the right move for Nintendo to clear old hardware off the shelves as fast as possible. The longer Wii Us sit next Wiis, the harder it will be to explain the difference. It will be far easier when retailers can simply point customers to the Wii U, tell them it plays Wii software and new titles, and share that it's the only option. In this case, choice isn't a good thing for customers or Nintendo.
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I am thinking that America will follow suit after the Christmas season. I believe Nintendo wants to get one last Christmas sales in before pulling the plug.
if the US cease the wii. guess 7th generation winner will...uhm.. *discontinue* globally first.
US isn't gonna be discontinued. they'll keep doing it throughout the Wii U's cycle as US is smarter than EU and JP to know the difference between the two so there's no reason to not have them exist together in US. probably 4-5 more years in US until it's officially discontinued.
On the one hand, I wonder if Nintendo is being so aggressive with their Wii production stoppage simply to force the ignorant gamers (families, old people) that bulked up the install base so greatly to upgrade to a Wii U. I can certainly think of better ways to do this, but Nintendo... they are weird.
On the other hand, lol. "So aggressive"... the Wii stopped having major game releases come out for it in 2011, with the only exceptions being Skyward Sword, Xenoblade & Last Story. Games which, let's face it, didn't sell nearly as well as they should've had. Games which would've been more valuable to Nintendo if they held them for Wii U. Not even as full on Wii U games mind you - I simply mean "HD remasters".
My point is, Nintendo should've stopped production on the Wii the moment they stopped caring about supplying it with quality games. Back in 2011. When they shifted all focus, presumably, over to 3DS (because they sure as heck weren't practicing their HD game production skills).