Nintendo has confirmed that they will be ending support for Nintendo Wii console repair in the next couple of months, citing a supply shortage of spare parts for the iconic machine.
In an official statement, Nintendo has confirmed that repairs for the iconic console will be coming to an end on March 31st.
The manufacturer of the device, Foxconn, has stated that they are running out of spare parts for the machine making it difficult to repair.
To make it clear however, they have stated that at the moment, this only relates to the original Wii model number RVL-001.
The original Wii launched in 2006 and was discontinued in 2013, making it 14 years that Nintendo has supported repairs for the console.
Given this long timeframe, it is no surprise that supplies for the machine are starting to dwindle.
Newer models of the Wii, Wii-U and Wii Mini, however, will still be supported for the time being.
Also, Nintendo has stated that this currently only applies to Wii repairs in Japan.
So, if you live elsewhere, now might be a good time to send your Wii for repair while they still have parts.
The Nintendo Wii is an iconic gaming console that sold over 100 million units.
The machine was noted for its intuitive control system that made way for active gaming.
This allowed developers to make games that required the player to move, giving way to all sorts of fun activities and fitness games.
Most notably, Wii Sports was a massive seller for Nintendo and got players off the couch and moving around.
The genius of Wii Sports was that it made exercising great fun with games such as soccer, bowling and baseball.
The accessibility of Wii Sports was designed in such as way that the whole family could play together as well.
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Even though the original Wii was discontinued in 2013, Nintendo has still supported the machine for an additional 7 years.
Newer models were also released such as the smaller RVL-201 mini model and the handheld Wii-U.
There is some good news for owners of Nintendo’s current console the Nintendo Switch.
The company will reportedly fix the “drift” issue with the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers for free.
Nintendo appears to have recognized the issue as a design flaw and will offer the repair at no additional cost.
Additionally, no proof of purchase is required and the repairs will be carried out even if the product is past its warranty.
If you have already paid for a service to the Joy-Con in the past, you can also claim a full refund for the cost of the repair.
Given the news of the Japanese Wii repairs coming to an end, now would be a great time to get your Wii to Nintendo before support inevitably stops for the rest of the world.
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