Nintendo halts Wii production in Japan

5 years ago by in Business, Technology

Nintendo, one of most famous game console maker in Japan, said it will not make its Wii console for Japan’s market, but will continue to produce it in other countries around the world.

Thus the company will be able to focus its efforts on its successor, according to the media.

“Our new generation Wii U console is already on the market and allows users to play software originally designed for the Wii,” a Nintendo spokesman said. “So this is part of the transition of our products to new models.”

Nintendo will keep making Wii for the international market including its Wii mini, a version that costs less, the spokesman said.

Wii was released in 2006 and since then has sold more than 100 million units all over the world.

Nintendo, maker of the iconic Donkey Kong and Super Mario brands, has been competing for a long time with Sony and Microsoft, makers of the PlayStation and Xbox video game consoles, in order to dominate a sector worth about $44 billion a year.

Nintendo swung to a net profit of $88 million in the three months to June as a weakening yen helped inflate its overseas results.