Nintendo Japan To End Wii Production Soon

nintendo_wiiNintendo 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 Wii: Pachter Says PlayStation 3 Will Capture The Wii Crowd, But Wii Will Be Top This Holiday Season

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?

Nintendo Wii: The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has received many spectacular review scores from numerous publications. Is this really Link’s greatest adventure yet? Read on to find out.

How did you find the motion controls?

I must admit that initially it came as a bit of a shock to play a game that was pretty much entirely dependant on motion control as I had previously been playing games that relied solely upon a traditional analogue controller. I must confess though that after about an hour I was converted to Nintendo’s vision that motion control is the most enjoyable and entertaining way to play a Zelda title. Yes, it may take a short time to get used to the controls, but I have to say that if you are having trouble managing them then that’s not a problem with the game, but with you.

How impressive are the visuals?

When Skyward Sword was first revealed to the public at E3 I was admittedly slightly disappointed. I was one of those that would have liked to have seen a more gritty and darker side to the Zelda franchise, however, after actually playing the game on Wii I’m confident that Nintendo made the right decision with the art direction in the game. Sure, it’s all rather colourful and cartoony but it really compliments the aging hardware on which it’s been built. This is the best looking game on Wii and I don’t think anyone who has played it could refute that claim.

Is this the best Zelda yet?

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is an ambitious game. It’s the first title to really build upon Wii MotionPlus and deliver exactly what Nintendo promised the Wii was all about. It’s taken a while but the wait was more than worth it as The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is truly a spectacular title full of memorable characters, exciting locations and a unique control scheme that really does put your skills to the test. Could we have asked for a better Zelda game for Wii? I honestly don’t think we could. Is it the best Zelda game ever? Quite possibly.


Nintendo: Super Mario 3D Land And The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword Enter The Top Ten

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.

Nintendo Wii: Nintendo Reveals Final Reversible Covers For The Last Story And Pandora’s Tower

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.