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Nintendo Japan officially ceases Wii production

Company's fifth home console topped 100m units

The original Wii has officially ceased production in Japan, Nintendo has confirmed.

At the start of October, a message on the Wii product page on Nintendo's official Japanese website read "manufacturing is scheduled to end soon". Now that message has changed to simply "manufacturing has ended", confirming that once the remaining Wii consoles out in the wild sell out, there'll be no more on the way.

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The last official sales total for the Wii was released by Nintendo in June 2013, in which it confirmed the console had sold 100.04 million units worldwide.

This made the Wii Nintendo's best selling console ever and its third-best selling device overall behind the Game Boy and the DS.

Although it was derided by many for offering standard-definition games when its competitors had made the step up to HD, the Wii was still home to a selection of critically acclaimed games, including both Super Mario Galaxy titles, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Mario Kart Wii, Monster Hunter Tri and Xenoblade Chronicles.

It was Wii Sports that was responsible for the console's initial surge in popularity though, with the easy-to-play sports package leading to a global stock shortage of Wii consoles for months after launch.

Now Nintendo is focusing its attention on turning things around for its struggling Wii U console, while at the same time maintaining the success of its popular 3DS handheld.

If you want to read up more on the life of the Wii, check out our feature Revolution: The Story Of Wii.

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