Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Craig Homeyard0
RIP: Nintendo Wii production ends in Japan
It’s a sad day in the gaming world today. The Nintendo Wii has officially stopped it’s production run in Japan, signalling the start of the end for the consoles life.
It’s been one hell of a ride for the Nintendo Wii. Ever since its introduction way back in 2006, it’s bee a revolution to the video gaming masses, you could even argue that it’s been a pioneer. After all this is the games console that’s brought motion control to the masses and succeeded in doing so.
And boy did it succeed, as of today the Nintendo Wii has sold more than 100 million units. While the console always seemed to be in the shadow of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, it was in fact the Wii that had a leg up on its competitors, as they still haven’t sold as many units as the Wii has.
But not only did the Wii revolutionize the way we play our games, it also incorporated that revolution into multiplayer as well. One avid memory that I will always cherish of the console, is playing Super Mario Kart Wii online, and never being able to complete Rainbow Road without throwing the remote at the screen, due to the frustration of my failure.
But all good things must come to an end, and sadly its that time for the Wii right now. The Wii U is slowly gathering steam, although not as fast as some hoped it will in time be a worthy successor to the original Nintendo Wii. With the shut down of production in Japan, this starts the countdown to the other inevitable shutdowns across the world. However one positive notion to take away from this otherwise gloomy news, is to savor all the good times that you’ve had with the console, and remember that publishers are still making and releasing great games for the Wii this very day.
Let us know your greatest Wii memories in the comments section below.