Nintendo is to cease production of its Wii console, the company has announced.
The news was broken via Nintendo Japan’s Wii product page, which recently updated to include a notice stating: “Manufacturing is scheduled to end soon”.
Nintendo has been rather coy about a time-scale, and whether this halt in production will be worldwide. Eurogamer reported Nintendo as saying “we have made no specific announcements for Europe” whilst French news agency AFP received a more direct “our new generation Wii U console is already on the market” continuing “this is part of the transition of our products to new models”.
The Wii – about to enter its seventh year – has recently surpassed sales of 100 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling console of the current generation.
A seven year life cycle for a console isn’t unusually short, but nor is it a great length; Sony’s PlayStation 2, for example (which was only discontinued in January), had a production run of nearly 13 years. Unlike Sony, however, Nintendo will ensure the company’s last-gen software will not go unsupported thanks to the Wii U’s backwards compatibility.