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Original Wii discontinued in Europe, confirms Nintendo

But Wii Mini continues to be available, notes firm

Shipments of the Wii console to Europe have been ceased, Nintendo UK has confirmed.

This follows the official discontinuation of the console in Japan, as confirmed earlier this week.


"Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued," confirmed a Nintendo UK rep to MCV.

"However, there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience. Wii U, which is Nintendo's latest home console, is backwards compatible with nearly all existing Wii games and accessories ... when you switch to Wii Mode on Wii U."

The discontinuation will not affect supplies of the Wii Mini in Europe - a cheaper version of the Wii console which supports only disc-based Wii games (no backwards compatibility, no download titles).

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

"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."