Some love it and claim it was Nintendo’ return to form. Others hate it saying it galvanized the Nintendo fanbase too widely. Whatever your opinion is of the Nintendo Wii , it had a fascinating run that is now coming to an end in its home country of Japan.
Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that production has ceased for the console. It wraps up its mixed legacy with 12.7 million sold across the country since 2006, and over 100 million sold worldwide.
To give a little perspective, the universally loved PlayStation 2 just wrapped up production in January, a full 13 years after its 2000 launch.
The console is still running hot in America and Europe and has a chance at keeping its lead while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 slowly peter out and make way for their successors.
I might not have been the biggest fan of the Nintendo Wii, but the healing process has begun. I’ve spent more time with my Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in the past four months than I ever did with my graphically glitched launch day Wii. Backwards compatibility, the only console to sport it nowadays, allows me to easily catch up on the good games I missed out on, for much cheaper too.
I hope it can turn its latest console’s fortunes around and give it the audience that the Wii was able to capture.