Considering how unpopular the Nintendo Wii U has been around the globe some may have been surprised when Nintendo announced that it was discontinuing production of the original Nintendo Wii in Japan. That led some people to wonder if the discontinuation of production in Japan would affect availability within the US.
We now know that Nintendo's announcement that the Wii was being discontinued in Japan only related to Japan. A spokesperson from Nintendo of America has now said that availability for the Nintendo Wii in the US won't be affected.
The Nintendo of America rep said:
The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.
The Nintendo Wii currently sells for $130 for a bundle including Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. The original Nintendo Wii was a very popular game console selling over 100 million units around the world.
When the console first launched there were long lines of gamers looking to get their hands on Nintendo's latest. However, the console was unable to maintain its early popularity and sales declined significantly. The new Nintendo Wii U has also proven to be unpopular with estimates suggesting only 160,000 units were sold around the world in Q2 of 2013.