Nintendo Waves Goodbye to the Wii

Nintendo Wii U

Demise of classic motion capture console contrasts with Sony's lofty ambitions for PS4

LOS ANGELES — Japanese games manufacturer Nintendo is to cease production of its Wii console in Japan.

The lowbrow motion capture system sold over 100 million units since its introduction in 2006.

However, it has been superseded by the Wii U (pictured), which added a touch screen component and has been embraced by Japanese consumers.

Nintendo says it will continue to manufacture the classic Wii outside Japan for international markets, but it is not clear how long that will continue.

The Wii’s demise contrasts with the ambitious target recently set by Sony for PS4, the latest iteration of its PlayStation. Sony said that it aims to sell 5 million units between the PS4’s Nov. 15 launch and the end of its March 2014 fiscal year.

The PS4 will launch first in the U.S., at a price of $399, in a bid to get a one-week jump on Microsoft’s rival deck Xbox One. The PS4 will be released in Japan in February.

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the long-time president of Nintendo who built the Kyoto-based company from a playing-card maker to a videogame giant, died last month at age 85.

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  1. Nintendo Lover says:

    Of course they’re phasing it out, they want to put resources into the new Wii U, just like when they phased out the Game Boy for the Game Boy Advance who was phased out for the DS which is starting to be phased out for the new 3DS, it’s just a console’s life that’s ending, 2006 was 7 years ago, which is plenty long enough for a successful lifetime.

    • Kyle says:

      The thing is though, Nintendo is still proffiting from the Wii. They’re making alot more copies and money on the Wii than the Wii U in the last quarter. I think its a little early to be ohasing out the system. Even if its only in one nation.

  2. joebagadontuts says:

    Yeah seriously. It just seems like bad writing.

  3. How does the decision of Nintendo to discontinue an old console and focus on it’s new console “contrast with the ambitious target” for PS4, a new console which is yet to be released? You could compare the Wii and PS3, or the WiiU and PS4, or even contrast each of these with the other, but I don’t understand what the writer is trying to say with the above comments.

    • Frank W says:

      (in the voice of George Plimpton) I think what this author is saying is that once again, you’re going to be saddled with over a $1000 of electronic junk.

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