The Last of Wiis in Japan

Nintendo will stop making Wii consoles in the Japanese market. The picture used in the article written by Japan times shows happy Japanese people who had just bought a Wii console.

This is kind of a interesting news article for me, because I sat in line for about 19 hours in 2006 to be one of the first in the world to own a Wii console. I lived in the US, and we were lucky enough to get it a couple of weeks before Japan did. There were very limited quantities and even after Christmas of that year, people were frantically calling stores and lining up. That was the first and probably last time I will spend the night outdoors to purchase a console.

That last statement is not meant to say something bad about the Wii. In fact, I have quite enjoyed it this past year even. I got around to playing Metroid: Other M, which I think is an incredible experience (albeit a bit short and sometimes frustrating). I am still playing through Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and I might someday finish Okami.

Was the Wii everything and a slice of pie? Perhaps not, but I still got my money’s worth, and I still think it holds a place in history. After all, it was Nintendo’s best selling console. It seemed like everyone had one, especially families. It’s obvious why the Wii will not be sold anymore-the Wii U supports Wii software and accessories.

And there isn’t much more to the story than that. Nintendo will continue to sell Wiis in the US, but that may only last the rest of the year. Times are changing, as the Wii U struggles to get itself into the hands of consumers. Let’s see if the Wii U can compete with the other big consoles that are looming.

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