Nintendo Has Ceased Production of the Wii

The company's "blue ocean" console finally ends its production run.

News by Mike Williams, .

The Nintendo Wii first launched in 2006, an interesting little system with the a new console scheme. Casual gamers took to the console - and its Wii Sports pack-in - instantly and it ended up being a success. The system just crossed the 100 million consoles sold worldwide benchmark in September, putting it just behind the original PlayStation and around 55 million console behind the PlayStation 2. Either way, it's good company to be in.

Nintendo of Japan changed the official product page for the Nintendo Wii to read "生産終了" today. According to Kotaku's Japanese correspondent Brain Ashcraft that reads as "seisan shuuryou," which translates to "production ended". The Wii will still be sold in stores, but no more consoles will be made.

So, that's it for Nintendo's best-selling home console, with the Nintendo DS and Game Boy beating that number and the 3DS continuing to sell well for the company. In April of this year, Nintendo gave us worldwide sales numbers and the 3DS was sitting at 31 million units sold. Last month, the portable passed the Wii in Japan, with 12.7 million sold to the Wii's 12.69 million.

I'd say it was a pretty good run, even if that run has been cut short compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Yes, this generation has been longer than previous generations, but the 360 just had a new revision, the Xbox 360 E, released this summer. There's still life left in older consoles, as shown by the fact that FIFA 14 actually came out on PlayStation 2 this year. Nintendo seemed hellbent on abandoning the system as soon as the Wii U came out, which perplexed me at the time. But judging by the Wii U's current performance, the latter system is something they need to focus all their efforts on.

This is where you chastise me for the games I didn't get.

My humble collection wasn't huge, but I can say that every game was different. Super Mario Galaxy, the definitive versions of Okami and Resident Evil 4, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Super Smash Bros Brawl were all great games. All told, I think I got my $249's worth and I don't regret waiting in line on launch day to pick one up. I got enough family and personal fun out of the system and all my games still run on my Wii U.

What's in your Wii collection and are you sad to see the Wii leave the playing field so early?

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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #1 Godots17thCup 4 years ago
    The Wii's library will likely be most-remembered for Nintendo's first-party output and the proliferation of casual-centric games of varying quality, but if you knew to keep an eye out for them, there were also quite a few wonderfully odd, low-profile 3rd-party games that were very much worth playing.

    Little King's Story, Trauma Team, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure and Muramasa: The Demon Blade remain some of my most cherished experiences of the last gen.
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  • Avatar for ProfAmaretto #2 ProfAmaretto 4 years ago
    "So, that's it for Nintendo's best-selling console unless the 3DS breaks its record."

    Not to be "that guy," but isn't the DS the best-selling Nintendo console?
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  • Avatar for Funny_Colour_Blue #3 Funny_Colour_Blue 4 years ago
    $249 is a steal! Jesus.Edited October 2013 by Funny_Colour_Blue
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  • Avatar for metalangel #4 metalangel 4 years ago
    @ProfAmaretto "So, that's it for Nintendo's best-selling home console, with the Nintendo DS and Game Boy beating that number"

    Was there a sneaky edit?

    FWIW, I don't have a Wii. I've played on them plenty of times but none of the games really grabbed me enough to make me want one as a supplement to my 360. I love my DS and 3DS, though.
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  • Avatar for MHWilliams #5 MHWilliams 4 years ago
  • Avatar for kidgorilla #6 kidgorilla 4 years ago
    That collection looks eerily similar to mine
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  • Avatar for alexb #7 alexb 4 years ago
    I'm surprised that it's ending production so soon after it was their main system. Didn't they keep making Famicoms through most of the '90s?
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #8 SargeSmash 4 years ago
    It was a great run. Despite the proliferation of party games for the system, there were some great third-party titles on the system, and first-party titles, for the most part, were the same old Nintendo we've always known. Even better, in some regards, as it found Nintendo willing to go back to 2D games on a home console, probably due to the popularity of New Super Mario Bros.

    I'm not writing off the Wii U yet, either. The Wii did really, really well, and the hardcore Nintendo fans that haven't purchased yet are likely waiting on the big titles to drop. I consider myself one of those, and as soon as Smash (or even 3D World) comes out, I'll likely purchase one.

    Maybe it won't hit Wii levels, but I don't think it'll be any sort of crushing defeat so long as Nintendo has their first-party genius to rely on.
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  • Avatar for brionfoulke91 #9 brionfoulke91 4 years ago
    For me, the Wii is still my go to system for multi-player gaming. It's fantastic for local multi-player, which I generally prefer to online, and games like Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros Wii, and Wario Smooth Moves are all excellent multi-player games.

    And then there's games like The Last Story and Xenoblade which were some of the very best games of last generation.

    I love my PS3 too. The combo of PS3 and Wii was really solid, they complimented each other very well. It's looking to be the same with the PS4 and Wii-U next generation.

    I think the Wii-U will hang in there... it may not be the sensation that the Wii was, but it could turn out to be one of those great systems that fly under the radar but still do modestly well. Kind of like another Game Cube.
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  • Avatar for alexb #10 alexb 4 years ago
    @SargeSmash I can appreciate your confidence in the Wii U, but the thing's tracking below the Gamecube and Vita at this point. The brand is damaged.
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  • Avatar for docexe #11 docexe 4 years ago
    I’m not entirely surprised that it is ending production. Most developers (including Nintendo itself) had stopped developing games for it, and the sales had decreased considerably in most parts of the world. I wonder if they will keep producing the Wii Mini though, I recently saw a couple of them in a store here in Mexico.

    In any case, the Wii had a good run. While the system’s library was sadly filled with lots of shovelware, it still had many excellent first party titles and a few underappreciated yet great third party gems. It also turned to be a great machine for parties and reunions.
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  • Avatar for MojoBox #12 MojoBox 4 years ago
    Fair thee well Wii. You were pretty interesting for two years and a pretty good Netflix platform for the last five.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #13 SargeSmash 4 years ago
    @alexb: It only takes one big must-have release to turn that around, though. And there's no question the system doesn't have one of those yet.

    I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say the brand is damaged, either. Yeah, it doesn't look great right now, but look at the 3DS, and everyone was doom-saying about it, too. Now look at it, even in the face of iOS and Android gaming.

    Yeah, I suppose it could remain the biggest console flop Nintendo has had, but I think it's too early to make that call. That's all I'm saying.
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  • Avatar for alexb #14 alexb 4 years ago
    @SargeSmash It's certainly true that anything can happen. But is the 3DS doing well compared to what the original DS was doing at this point in its own lifetime? Especially in places not called Japan? I'm afraid we're dealing with an entirely different environment than the one that existed 5 years ago and I think Nintendo have been caught flatfooted by the change.
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  • Avatar for SargeSmash #15 SargeSmash 4 years ago
    @alexb : Well, it's behind now. It had surged ahead earlier. Of course, we haven't hit the holiday season yet, and the 3DS is behind in terms of how many of those we've seen.

    You won't get any denial from me that the 3DS has started sluggish, but it looks like it shook that off, and it's primed for a huge Christmas season.

    We'll see how it all turns out. I just don't think that they're so far gone that we can write them off. It seems like epitaphs have been written for years, and Nintendo still keeps on truckin'.
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