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US Wii supply unaffected by Japan discontinuation

"No change in the status of Wii in the United States," confirmed Nintendo

The decision to discontinue Wii production in Japan does not affect the status of the console in US, a Nintendo of America rep has confirmed.

The original Wii has officially ceased production in Japan, Nintendo confirmed earlier this week. A message on the Wii product page on Nintendo's official Japanese website states "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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But this development is specific to Japan, according to a Nintendo rep speaking with Gamespot.

"The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan," they said. "There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season."

That will prove reassuring to those who still planned on buying a Wii in the coming months.

The Wii is entering its eighth year on sale, having launched globally in November and December of 2006. Its successor, the Wii U, was launched in November 2012 and approaches its crucial second holiday season following slow sales in 2013.

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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