After seven years and over 100 million units sold, Nintendo’s most successful home console has now been officially discontinued in its home nation of Japan. Nintendo of Japan confirmed via their official website that the Wii will cease distribution. This makes sense as the Wii U has been out worldwide for almost a year and perhaps the unavailability of the Wii will steer potential consumers into purchasing the new console instead.

Regardless of the reasoning for the choice to discontinue the Wii, this likely means we will see it disappear worldwide sometime in the coming months. So if you are planning to purchase a Wii, get out there now while they are still available.

The Wii was a huge success in its long run for Nintendo, selling over 100 million units globally and coming as the fifth best selling video game platform of all time. Software sales for the Wii put it at third with just over 900 million.

How do you feel about the Wii’s run finally coming to an end? Do you think that the Wii U will ever come close to the Wii’s sales numbers? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo

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I'm a 16 year old kid from New Jersey who loves video games and movies more than anything in the world. Which is why my social life has been dissolving. So instead of wasting my time simply playing games, I figured, why not write about them too? I'm primarily a fan of Sony and Nintendo. My first system was a Gameboy Color and my first console was a Playstation 2. Since then I have owned a Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, DS, Wii, 3DS, PSP, and PS3. While I love 1st party games for Sony and Nintendo, like Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Mario, Pokemon, and Super Smash Bros., I am also a huge fan of 3rd party franchises like GTA, Kingdom Hearts, and my favorite franchise, Assassin's Creed. In addition to just writing about games I also make gaming videos on my youtube channel. There you will find some of my older videos which mainly consist of Let's Plays and gaming discussion videos, and also some of my newer content which includes things such as a Super Smash Bros. Brawl online tournament called LagFest. Soon I will be creating a review/retrospective show that is totally not a rip-off of Jontron. Hopefully you enjoy what I have to offer here on Gamnesia and I'm always looking forward to hearing feedback.


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