It’s the end of an era: Nintendo has officially ended production of Wii consoles in Japan. The groundbreaking, motion-sensing console first launched back in late 2006, and was updated in 2011 – but now, the official Japanese product page reads simply “production ended“.
In February, Nintendo told AFP it would be focussing on its newer hardware:
Our new generation Wii U console is already on the market and allows users to play software originally designed for the Wii. This is part of the transition of our products to new models.
Since 2006, more than 100 million Wii consoles have been sold – despite vocal consumer backlash over the consistent “lack of games”, the standard-definition output, and the console’s lack of processing power.
What the Wii did have going for it: An innovative new wireless controller, complete with accelerometer and gyroscope. Games could now interpret fans’ body movements, and titles like Wii Sport, Red Steel and the health-conscious Wii Fit flourished.
The console also boasted updates of classic, favourite Nintendo franchises: Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which gave the console a handy boost towards outselling both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (these consoles have sold just over 80 million units each).
It’s not completely the end for Wii though – Nintendo will still produce Wii consoles – and the smaller Wii Mini – for international markets.