Nintendo‘s Japanese website has officially announced that it is stopping all production of its groundbreaking Wii console in the region. They disclosed earlier this month their intention to discontinue making the motion controlled game console in the country of its origin, although it is not yet confirmed if they will be ceasing production in other regions as well.
Released in 2006, the Wii has sold more than 100.04 million units all over the world and put Nintendo back on the gaming market, after being left way behind by erstwhile rivals Sony (with their Playstation line) and Microsoft (with its XBox consoles). It outsold its competitors and became the fifth best-selling console of all time. It is also credited with bringing motion-control into the game, so to speak. But this latest move by the company shows their intent to focus on their hand-held devices like the 3DS, and the Wii U, which is the next-generation version of the original Wii.
Launched just last year, Wii U has sold only 3.61 million units worldwide, struggling a bit in the ever-crowded gaming market. It will face stiff competition with the upcoming launch this November of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, all part of the so-called eighth generation of video game consoles. The Wii U’s sales is expected to improve when it will be slashing $50 off its current system price. Nintendo has previously said it will continue to manufacture the original Wii for some regions like Latin America where sales are still increasing but no official word yet on whether the plans remain the same.
[ via Gamasutra ]