Official Nintendo Wii Console Repair Set to End Soon

By | 27/01/2020

 

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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.

Nintendo Wii Model RVL 001
Nintendo Wii Original Model 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.

Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo Wii -U

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.

Nintendo Wii Sports Baseball
Wii Sports Baseball

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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9 thoughts on “Official Nintendo Wii Console Repair Set to End Soon

  1. Tom

    Hi Michael,

    I love your website. Some excellent information on here.

    It’s a shame that Nintendo are stopping these repairs. My nephew has a Nintendo Wii, so I will put his Dad onto this post, and inform him that he will need to look for alternatives.

    Are there any other alternative repairers for Nintendo Wii console’s?

    Thanks,

    Tom

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  2. Alex Boyd Chivers

    Hi Michael, Another great post. Never really got in to the Wii myself but remember my sister used to have one and found it to be really good exercise. Think it was the tennis she used to play but preferred the GameCube personally bit old school there I think. Something about not having the normal controller. Anyway I posted on something else before I think but best of luck with your site.

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    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hey Alex.

      The tennis was a great game and Wii Sports managed to attract more people who wouldn’t usually play games such as girls, older people and even the disabled.

      The Game Cube was a great console and was more traditional.

      Thanks for commenting, but by the way, you can comment on as many posts as you like, just don’t spam me! 😉

      Cheers,
      Michael.

      Reply
  3. Russ

    Hi Michael

    I really enjoy your website and post. I was a huge fan of the Nintendo Wii as a child (and an adult to be fair). Reading this article has made me want to go and grab the Wii from the garage and introduce it to the kids!! Also I think its great that you have made a living out of a childhood hobby. Congrats to you.

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  4. Jeff

    This is awesome you have shared this information with all of us, I can remember my sons playing Nintendo games when they were just boys. So Nintendo is going to become throwaway game systems it sounds, so what will people do with the game systems when they need to be repaired now?

    Jeff

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    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi jeff.

      There maybe repair stores that will be able to repair the Wii, however, I suspect that when supplies start to run out and Nintendo stops, the prices may increase.

      I would suggest that you keep hold of your Wii though, and if it is good condition, it may be valuable someday.

      Thanks,
      Michael.

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  5. butch

    Great post, I had a Wii, enjoyed bowling, to bad not repairing anymore, mine is on its last legs. Take care

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    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hey Butch.

      Currently, the repair situation only applies to Japanese Wiis so if you are in need of a U.S or European repair, I would suggest you get it done now before repairs inevitably stop for the rest of the world.

      Cheers,
      Michael.

      Reply

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