The Wii is Dead, Long Live the Wii.

Change is tough, and fraught with difficulties in acclimatising to new conditions. And so it was upon entering this fading generation of consoles, with endless Red Rings of Death plaguing the Xbox 360, the PS3 suffering delay after delay (and forcing me to look elsewhere, reluctantly, for my console joys) and the oddly off-kilter, typically Japanese Wii storming in to expose an untapped market. It was a difficult time, and now, with the Wii U out in the wild and the PS4 and Xbox ONE soon to join it, in a wholly more predatory sense, we should take a moment to look back as production on the original Wii officially comes to an end.

The simple word, ‘discontinued’, on the console’s page on the Nintendo site rings the final death knell for the quirky cousin of this generation, and whether it inspired joy, hatred or mania, or all of the aforementioned, it certainly made its stake in the gaming zeitgeist over the past seven years since its release.

RIP Wii, Wii’ll miss you.

Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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