Nintendo is looking to end the Wii production line very soon, according to a listing on the official Japanese website. Spotted this morning, a few hours before the Nintendo Direct is to be broadcast, is a small note in the upper-right corner detailing that the Wii production is “scheduled to end soon” on the Wii homepage.
Launched in 2006, the Wii has been delighting children and adults alike for seven years, but with sales dipping in Japan to under 1,000 units – last week only 985 Wii units were sold – it seems like the time is right for the Wii to take its last bow. There’s been no confirmation as to when the Wii may end its production in the west, however, but we’ll make sure to keep you updated as and when we hear any news. Do you think Nintendo has made the right decision to end the Wii’s production run, or maybe you think it’s too soon? Let us know in the comments below.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has exclusively revealed that the recently released Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold over 535,000 copies since its U.S launch on November 20th making it the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever.
Famed industry analyst Michael Pachter has told Industry Gamers that he believes that Wii owners will migrate to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Move this holiday season. However, Pachter predicts that the Wii will be the top-selling console in November and December, then fall back into third place forever after. Do you agree with Pachters predictions?
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land have both entered the UK all-formats chart at number seven and nine respectively. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2012 also entered the charts at number 20 for the week ending November 19th. I would expect all three titles to chart higher next week.
Revered Japanese gaming publication Famistu has awarded The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword a perfect 40/40. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the third Zelda game to receive 40/40 from Famitsu after the legendary Ocarina Of Time and Wind Waker.
Earlier this week Nintendo Europe asked gamers to choose the reversible cover art for The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. The fans have voted and these two images are the ones you’ll be seeing in retail copies when the games ship sometime next year. The first image is for Pandora’s Tower and the second image is for The Last Story.
Nintendo of America has unleashed the first wave of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword television adverts. The new advert which is titled Falling Swords depicts exactly that with Link’s trademark Sword and Shield crashing through into apartment buildings finished off with some super smooth gameplay footage. Not a bad effort at all.
UK super market chain Asda will be selling the Wii for a mere £89 ($140) as the company prepares for the Christmas onslaught. The white Wii console includes both Wii Sports and Wii Party making it a fantastic deal for anyone that has yet to pick up a Wii.
Nintendo of America has issued a press release detailing Link’s adventure into the Lanayru Desert, where he must find his way through the puzzles in the Lanayru Mining Facility, sail across a sea of sand and discover new items to add to his collection.
• Lanayru Desert and the Lanayru Mining Facility: In this vast area, surrounded in all directions by sand, Link must search for the Lanayru Mining Facility. As strange a place as this is, Link will encounter characters both new and familiar, such as Gorons. Inside the Lanayru Mining Facility, Link will follow the path of mine carts through this expansive area, experiencing new puzzles and challenges. He must also face the dungeon boss Moldera, a fearsome giant scorpion.
• Sand Ship: Late in his quest, Link returns to a different area of the Lanayru Desert as he sails across a sea of sand in search of a hidden ship.
• New Items: In the desert, Link will receive two new items – the Claw Shots and the Gust Jar. The Claw Shots allow players to grapple and pull themselves toward otherwise unreachable areas. The Gust Jar can blow a burst of air to stun enemies or clear paths through piles of sand. Players will find the Gust Jar essential to solving the puzzles in the Lanayru Mining Facility.