Nintendo Japan has officially announced that they’re halting production of the Nintendo Wii. It’s a sad time for Nintendo fans who’ll be sad to see the last of the motion controlled consoles leave the Japanese warehouse. Can we take a few moments to play the ending theme from The Hulk and shed a few tears?
In Nintendo’s last official sales total the company confirmed that a little over 100 million Wii units had been sold worldwide which makes the Wii the companies best selling home console to date only to be out-sold by the Game Boy and Nintendo DS.
The Wii was a console which changed the way we game today in a sense that it was the first of it’s type to be predominately based on motion control it was the first console of it’s time and it was criticized early in it’s life for being too forward in comparison to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Since then the Wii’s popularity soared and even Sony and Microsoft took a stab at the motion controlled gaming.
Now Nintendo must shift their focus on the Wii U which acts as a direct contender to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s had a slow start but now games like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, and Sonic Lost Worlds have been released as well as future releases such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World Nintendo should expect a massive turnaround.
For now though, I’ll hold on to my white Wii Remote and sob quietly in the corner.