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Editor's note: Nintendo has since clarified that the manufacturing halt was meant to apply only to Japan, though MCV reports the console will also stop shipping to Europe. It will remain available in North America for the time being. The original story follows below.

Nintendo has ceased production of Wii, the motion-controlled system which became its best-selling home console ever. Its Japanese product page now notes that manufacturing has ended (via CVG), meaning that once the current stock sells out, the Wii will live on only as a memory--and perhaps as a hunk of plastic sitting in your closet.

More than 100.04 million units of the system were sold as of Nintendo's last report in June 2013. It debuted in the holiday season of 2006, when its launch title Wii Sports helped make it an instant craze with families worldwide.

Nintendo's two best-selling devices ever are Nintendo DS with 153.93 million units and the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which sold 118.69 million combined. PlayStation 2 remains the best-selling console of all time, with 155 million units sold.

Though Wii's most succesful games were almost exclusively Nintendo titles, it still made a tremendous influence on the video game industry at large. Did you think that would be the case when you first saw Nintendo's strange, remote-controller system?

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7 comments

  • g1rldraco7 - October 22, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    RIP Wii, You did the best you could amde waggling a plastic remote very fun for me :)
  • daniel-tricklebank - October 22, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    hu, shame. But it doesn't really content with the xbox or playstation and it lacked good games compared to other consoles
  • JarkayColt - October 22, 2013 3:10 a.m.

    Well, that's a little sad, but at least there should be no shortage of Wii consoles if anybody wants one after the fact. I still have mine which I got on the Christmas it released. 'Twas a good machine. Something that baffles me, though, is that as far as I'm aware the manufacture of the DS is still ongoing, correct? The original DS in fact predates the Wii. What I find odd is that since the 3DS has picked up a load of momentum, you'd expect there to be slightly less interest in the DS, especially now with the "budget" 2DS version. On the other hand, the Wii U is still struggling, and I imagine a few people might've tried to pick a Wii up on the cheap just to see some of the games they missed out on. If you ask me, I would have expected Nintendo to discontinue the DS line first. However, maybe this is intended to make more people upgrade to a Wii U in the long term. Even if the Wii is still popular, there's no point making more if people are buying and selling amongst the millions of preowned systems.
  • Talvari - October 21, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Maaann, seems like only yesterday the PS2 stopped production. Had my Wii since launch and it ain't died yet despite a lot of Wii/Gamecube/VC usage. Hope prices don't go up too high for a new one incase mine bites the dust. Gotta give my respect to it for giving me great motion control games.
  • JarkayColt - October 22, 2013 3:19 a.m.

    As a general rule of thumb, old electronic devices are barely worth anything. I still have my Game Boy and PS1 in working order but I'll be damned if I could get any more than a few pennies for them. Way more sentimental value than monetary. With so many Wii consoles out there it wouldn't be too hard to pick one up dirt cheap in a few years time, if ever your current one dies. However, by definition of ceasing production it would be impossible to get a "new" one, haha. Unless somebody bought one now and kept it in the box, although it would still probably be worth next to nothing, unless you're one of those rabid collectors that splurges way too much money on anything even vaguely half-contained in a box.
  • austinfloyd85 - October 21, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    I chose the best time to get a wii. I get games for dirt cheap and I'm really enjoying a lot of them. It's nice to have a break from really deep games (GTA V, The Last of Us, Skyrim) to just play games that are fun.
  • GOD - October 21, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Motion controller waggle was a fad. The Wii was not a fad though, because it existed to give us many fantastic games. The Super Mario Galaxy games were amazing, and a Nintendo console needed to exist for them to come out. The Wii is that console. Not a fad. The WiiU... not doing so hot in terms of sales. Until SSB comes out. Then it'll be fine. Nintendo consoles only need to exist to provide a platform for Nintendo games. A Nintendo handheld could probably live off of the sales of Pokemon and Mario games alone.

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