Nintendo bids farewell to Wii

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Wii system
The superstar is now a dying one.

The Wii U’s shadow has sent its humble father, the Wii, into the darkness of ancient history.

Once a wildly successful console giant, selling over 100 million units since its 2006 introduction, the Wii easily skyrocketed beyond the PS3 and Xbox 360 rivalry. Its motion controls and family-friendly games wowed audiences. Its huge collection of classic Nintendo series like Zelda, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Brothers brought in piles of cash.

Fast forward to today’s console gaming landscape, and the next-gen race paints a very different picture. As the Wii U falls behind the PS4 and Xbox One with its disappointing game library and weak technology, the Wii itself has practically dropped off a cliff.

So, it’s no surprise that Nintendo’s decided to stop manufacturing the Wii in Japan. While it will continue to produce the system for countries outside of the fatherland, how much longer that will continue is likely… well… not very long at all.

Featured image courtesy of Nintendo Wii Facebook. Image of Wii system courtesy of Evan-Amos on Wikipedia.