Those days are coming to an end, though, as the company has announced plans to discontinue its Wi-Fi Connection service as part of the slow, ongoing sunsetting of both systems.
Christopher Roupe was shot when police in Euharlee, GA (about an hour northwest of Atlanta) showed up to serve a probation violation warrant for Roupe’s father. The officer says Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door, but the family argues otherwise.
Roughly a year after introducing the scaled-down version of the last generation console to Canada, Nintendo has announced plans to bring the Wii Mini to the U.S. in the coming weeks. Nintendo declined to give an exact release date, saying only “mid-November.”
Released last November, life-to-date sales of the Wii U stand at 3.91 million units, according to the company. That makes the Wii U one of the worst performing game systems of the past decade.
A bold claim? Yes, but take a look at first four fiscal quarters for other notable video game systems:
No one had a better view of the development and evolution of the Wii than Satoru Iwata.
Throughout the console’s seven-year life-cycle, the president of Nintendo acted as its biggest cheerleader, defender and, at times, critic. He was a driving force in the company selling over 100 million systems and is now trying to spur that sort of interest in the Wii’s successor.
Nintendo Japan made the news official today with a short statement on the system’s product page that read simply “production over.” It marked a particularly subdued ending for a console that had such a dramatic impact on the gaming world.
As part of a quarterly earnings announcement Wednesday, Nintendo said that in the three-month period ending June 30, consumers worldwide bought just 160,000 units of its next-generation console.
Taking a cue from the viral marketing that works so well in the mobile industry, Nintendo is relying on its own older products to upsell its new system, attaching a blatant marketing message to the most recent Wii system update.
The Wii U sold just 46,000 hardware units in January at brick and mortar locations — a shockingly low number for a console that was just released in late November. To put it in perspective, the Wii sold 348,000 units during that system’s comparable period in 2007.
The Wii Mini, a shrunken version of the now-officially-last-generation console, is going on sale December 7th exclusively in Canada. It will cost Great White North gamers (and those Yanks who slip across the border) a mere $100.