Nintendo Wii production has officially ended

Today marked the end of one of the most successful game consoles in Nintendo's history. The Wii, which launched in the fall of 2006 with the funny name and the Wii Remote controller, is no longer being made by the company as it tries to make the transition to the more recent Wii U.

Nintendo's Japanese website has confirmed it has shut down producing new Wii hardware. Nintendo has shipped just over 100 million units of the Wii since its launch, beating the shipment numbers of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. However, both of those consoles are still in production and in theory they could finally overtake the Wii if sales last long enough.

Nintendo had an early success with the Wii; stores all over the world could not keep up with the demand for the first several months after its launch. This was due in part to its low price (just $249 in the U.S) and the fact that the console, at least in some parts of the world, included Wii Sports as a freebie. The game, which also served as a tutorial on how to use the motion-based Wii Remote, became a critically acclaimed title on its own.

However, in terms of monthly sales, the Wii fell behind the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in the last few years of its life, thanks to their higher end hardware and more advanced features, not to mention better game libraries. NIntendo launched its successor, the Wii U, in 2012, but so far sales of that console have not come close to the levels of the original Wii.

Source: Nintendo via Kotaku | Image via Nintendo

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R.I.P Wii... you were awesome and fun while it lasted.

Can't wait to get my Xbox One to replace my old Wiiiiii. :-D

Yeah, Wii was cheap and had some good games, like sports, and mario games, and a few more...

but really, after you are done with those, there were nothing much to look forward too.

i owned at least 5 wiis that i kept buying and quickly selling after for the next game i wanted to play. most people who keep their have it collecting dust most of the time.

meanwhile, my xbox 360 lasted over 2 years, and both ps3 i had lasted 2 years each, before i sold them.

Its been 6 years and my Wii is still running well and is fun! I recently bought a component cable for it to make the graphics crisper. I still like to play my Wii especially the Mario games and some other like Wii Sports. The Wii was never a graphics power house, but the motion controls and the fun games made up for it.

I kinda wish Nintendo would go back to 8 and 16 bit consoles. Something about limited hardware forced companies to be creative.. Just look at the gameplay, MUSIC and colorful graphics brought to you by Pilot Wings, Donkey Kong Country, the first time you laid BRAIN on A Link to The Past etc...

You know how some folks put together "flash games" of Mario World (they kinda have no heart/soul.. because you know it wasn't official)... that's kinda how I felt when I played Mario Galaxy/Party games. The magic has disappeared.

I want NINTENDO + Nintendo Gimmicks! I love the Power Glove, it's so rad. Who remembers this???

Xbox 360 and the PS3 in the last few years of its life, thanks to their higher end hardware and more advanced features, not to mention better game libraries.

Better libraries yes, higher end hardware and more advance features not. The Wii succeeded in showing that graphics are not what makes a console great and attractive to the consumer, to the point that Sony and Microsoft had to release their own motion control technologies. But while Nintendo games were great on the console, there was a lot of waste being made by many third parties, plus most of the games never really used the motion controls well.

Still was a superb console to have, not only Wii Sports an other party games evoke fun memories playing with "non-gamers", but also the Mario Galaxy series, the Zelda games, Metroid Prime 3 and some other weird titles like No More Heroes, Zack and Wiki. By the end it became a bit more niche with titles like Xenogears Chronicles, Last Story and Pandora's Tower.

On a side note, ending production doesn't mean the sales will stop, they will continue as long as there are Wii's in Nintendo/Retailer's inventories, but of course, that's the limit on how much they are going to be sold (maybe 2 to 5 million more at best).

The Wii U is not going to have the same output as the Wii, but it's also turning to be fun, exactly how the 3DS started to get good with time.

Edited by rahvii, Oct 22 2013, 5:55am :

One of my worst gaming purchases ever. Back in 2006 I had the idea that graphics weren't everything, and that the lower development budget requirements for the Wii would lead to more creative games. But as a PC gamer who had skipped out on the PS2 console generation, I didn't realize just how far behind console graphics were at that time.

A major influence on my Wii purchase was my love for Zelda:OOT, and the idea of finally getting a proper new Zelda game with Zelda:TP. But after playing that game, I concluded that the Zelda series had run its course and was no longer for me. I played little else on the Wii with its game library looking largely like a garbage dump, and the few quality titles being Nintendo rehashes that I had little interest in.

Now that Nintendo is getting whipped in both its console and handheld business, I look for them to go the way of Sega eventually. And that would probably be for the best.

Not only does your inability to see the wii had many good games hint at your ignorance, but the fact that you think they're getting 'whipped' in the handheld market confirms it 10 fold.

Go back to the cave people like you crawl out of.

I do wish Nintendo didn't drop the GameCube compatibility in the 2nd Revision of the wii, however loved my wii, and the only console that gave me the least amount of technical issues.

I had to pull the power, let it sit overnight, then plug it in twice the years I have it. Keeping it in storage for back up when my GameCube (w/ Game Boy Advanced Adaptor) eventually dies.
Using Wii U, for Wii games currently.

Love my Wii to death. So many amazing games. Zelda. Mario Galaxy. Mario Kart. Xenoblade Chronciles. The Last Story. Kirby. Smash Bros. Metroid Prime Trilogy. All A grade games The Wii was a kick ass console.

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