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However, it has been superseded by the Wii U (pictured), which added a touch screen component and has been embraced by Japanese consumers.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