Nintendo of Japan has confirmed via its official web site – as translated by Kotaku – that it has halted production of its last-generation Wii console for Japan. The company said earlier in the month that it would halt production of the console for the region "soon," and the latest update to the site confirms that that time is now.
Nintendo has been a bit vague about production for regions like Europe and North America, though the company did say (prior to today's announcement) that it would likely continue to produce the Wii for regions like Latin America where there continues to be robust demand for the system.
The Wii was released in 2006 and has sold over 100 million units worldwide to date, millions more than its competition – the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Wii is credited with introducing motion-controls to gaming. This technology was embraced by gamers, who purchased 872 million copies of games for the Wii. Nintendo stopped making games for the console last year to focus on its 3DS hand-held and the Wii U, which launched last year.
So far the Wii U has sold 3.61 million units worldwide. The number is expected to improve dramatically in the months ahead thanks to a $50 price cut to the system.