Nintendo Wii It's The End Of The Road

Written by David Richards     22/10/2013 | 05:17 | Category: CONSOLE

The current model Nintendo Wii could be taken off retailer shelves by Xmas.

Nintendo Wii It's The End Of The Road

In Japan the home of the Wii Nintendo has stopped selling its Wii game console, retailers have been told that the item is now a discontinued line item.

The company's website lists the game console as "discontinued,"  though it appears to be listed normally in Australia  it is possible that Nintendo will do the same elsewhere in the coming months as well.

Electronista said that gamers in Japan wanting to play Wii games will be forced to buy the company's struggling Wii U.

The Nintendo Wii was the first gaming console of its kind, getting gamers up off the couch and controlling games with a motion-controlled remote control called the "Wiimote." It allowed gamers to realistically play games as if they were actually the character, so if you're playing a baseball game, gamers can swing the bat, throw a pitch, etc.

Since releasing in 2006, the Wii has been the best-selling console overall, selling over 100 million units globally. To compare, the Xbox 360 just recently reached the 80 million mark last month. Microsoft's console has been the best-selling gaming system for the last two and a half years in the US, but the Wii has sold more units overall, making it the unsung hero of the gaming world.

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