Nintendo Announces Plans to Discontinue Original Wii

System will not be available in Japan "soon"

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Nintendo Announces Plans to Discontinue Original Wii

Nintendo was the first major company to announce its transition into eighth generation videogame consoles, so it’s only fitting that the company will soon become the first to announce the conclusion to its seventh generation machine. Nintendo plans to cease production of the Wii in Japan “soon,” according to their website. The news was bound to happen sooner or later after the 2012 release of its successor, the Wii U, marked the start of a new era for the company. The Wii U is backward compatible and will allow gamers to play older Wii titles, and the fast-approaching holiday season will likely cause some consumers to replace their Wii consoles with the new machine.

The Wii’s debut in 2006 introduced motion sensor technology to home gaming consoles, selling over 100 million units as Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 quickly followed suit with motion capture gaming of their own. Like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft will be releasing their own eighth generation consoles in advance of the holiday season in the coming months. And though no timetable has been given yet as to when the Wii will cease to be sold internationally, this year marks the end of an era for Nintendo. Its long-time president Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away last month at 85.