Following the news that Nintendo was no longer producing Wii consoles in Japan, we’ve now learned that it will soon stop supplying Europe with new stock. Instead, the company would like you to pay attention to the Wii U, reassuring fans that the latest home console is backwards compatible with “nearly all” existing Wii games and accessories.
A Nintendo spokesperson told MCV:
Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued. However, there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience.
The two consoles are not interchangeable, but there’s enough backwards compatiblity that gives Wii U gamers a “vast library” of disc-based and downloadable Wii games, so the need for two consoles is diminished.
If you’re still convinced you need a new bit of hardware, there’s still another Nintendo home console option:
Wii Mini is also now available across Europe offering Wii gameplay experiences at a great value. Wii Mini puts the focus squarely on games with over 1200 existing disc-based Wii titles to choose from.
At this stage, it looks like North America is the only territory still producing new Wii consoles – we have not heard yet about the Asia Pacific region.