Nintendo: Wii Production To Halt “Soon”

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.

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Nintendo: Wii Production To Halt “Soon”

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