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Nintendo Has No New Wii Games In The Pipeline

Posted by Andy Green

Focus fully shifts to Wii U

The Wii has been Nintendo’s most successful home console of all time, with close to 100 million units sold worldwide. Now that Wii U has been officially launched many have wondered what will become of its plucky old predecessor, which has served Nintendo so well over the past six years.

Well it appears that where first party support is concerned, the Wii’s life is over. Bill Trinen, director of product marketing at Nintendo, confirmed in an interview with GameSpot that the company does not have any more Wii games in the pipeline. It appears Nintendo is now solely focused on supporting Wii U in the home console sphere, but this doesn’t mean we won’t see any more third party titles released for the now last-gen system.

This makes Kirby’s Dream Collection the very last first party title to appear on Wii. Over the years the console has amassed a whole host of classic titles, such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii , Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit. It's sad to see the old girl put out to pasture, but exciting times are certainly ahead with Wii U.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you disappointed that we won't be seeing any more Wii games from Nintendo? What were your favourite first party Wii games? Let us know in the comments below.


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Ryno said:

I have mixed feelings. Glad that Nintendo will be putting their efforts to support games for my shiny new console but that sucks for those who don't have one or cannot afford one at this time. At least there is a good library of Wii games out there.



Wonder_Ideal said:

I believe that the Wii has had a good long run. It's time to pass the torch on to a new system.



Sun said:

Hey Andy, I'm the first! (two before now!) I think this makes sense, but what about all those great games lost along the way? Didn't Nintendo say they will release some of those in Europe and America? Now should be the time to do that.




There goes my nanoscopic hopes of seeing NPC Chibi-Robo and Mario Super Sluggers in the EU. Excitebots won't be coming here either.

Anyway, I've had the best time in my gaming career with the Wii because I could share thie glorious past time with my family. Think I've played around 90 retail gAmes on the system (currently have around 35). Thank you.



HawkeyeWii said:

I would have loved to see one last swansong from the Wii, but ah well, the Wii U looks to astound! I can't wait!



Drobotic said:

They should re-release a few Wii games so that they have HD graphics and play on the GamePad.



DarkCoolEdge said:

It was to be expected. I don't care, I still got many Wii games unfinished and when I finally get a new and shiny WiiU, there will be more first party games.



HawkeyeWii said:

I totally agree! Some HD Super Mario Galaxy would be absolutely amazing!! And HD Super Smash Bros. Brawl, could tide us over for the Next SSB



madgear said:

Considering the Wii has a userbase of several million and the Wii U only a few thousand at the moment, it's extremely foolish to drop support for it. The PS2 has enjoyed a long life after the PS3 and Sega even continued to support the Dreamcast after they announced they were stopping production.

Unlike the Dreamcast, the Wii was a huge success. It makes no sense to drop support - millions of Wii users are still out there.



NintyMan said:

The Wii has had a stellar six years, so Nintendo should rightfully stay focused on their new console now, the Wii U.



ecco6t9 said:

It's a good move, I have always felt that Sony became stretched to thin in having the PS2,PSP,PS3, and now the Vita all on the market at the same time.

Granted the PS2 has finally been pushed out the back door but had it would of happened sooner the PS3 probably would of seen a bit more support behind it.



ReshiramZekrom said:

Maybe Nintendo should wait a few years when absolutely no games are being developed for the Wii, and release Wario's Woods+! XD



seronja said:

it would be a waste of money if they would keep on making new games for the wii... they could release pandora's tower in NA tho A.S.A.P.



Betelgroose said:

There are still a lot of games that I missed and a lot that I have and haven't beaten so I be able to play those games while I wait to get my hands on a wii u



Auracle said:

No surprises here. It is nice that Nintendo will now be putting all its console effort into Wii U.



KingMike said:

Even more successful than the NES?
The NES still got new games for a few years after the SNES came out. (not like the Wii, where they (at least NoA) practically gave up on it even before the Wii U was announced.)



Emaan said:

The Wii had an excellent run, such a great 6 years. Such an awesome system. It's good Nintendo is now fully focused on Wii U, but it's still sad to see the Wii as officially last-gen. Nonetheless, the story continues...



Varia01 said:

I'll prepare the grave, along with its most dear titles. Oh and don't forget the Metroid games!



Phle said:

I haven't played many Wii games, I guess I have to say The legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is my favorite game.

I understand why Nintendo aren't going to make more Wii games, I really think that people who are interested in Nintendo games and the Wii console will feel like upgrading to Wii U. The Wii is a rather old console, so people aren't expecting new games for it.

I actually bought Wii last christmas, so I haven't owned it for a year yet The reason I bought a Wii is because I fell in love with the 3DS I bought just a few months before to upgrade my DS Lite. It made a huge impression on me, I didn't expect I would like it as much as I did. If I hadn't got a 3DS, I would probably not have bought a Wii at all. And now I'm getting a Wii U, mainly because I love my 3DS XL and I like the Wii, so I'm thinking I'm going to enjoy the Wii U.



TingLz said:

@madgear And Nintendo has a new console that needs all the support it can get, which pretty much uses all resources aside from some 3DS games. There's no reason to support the Wii anymore.



TsunamiSensei said:

This is bittersweet. It means that the Wii U will get more first party support, but the Wii's stream of games will dry up and wither. Goodbye Wii, I will never forget you.



ADaviii said:

My Wii will get a lot of playtime throughout the next few years simply because I have no plans to buy Wii U or any next gen console (spent money on a Note 10.1 for college instead) for a while. Most of my paychecks will be going to my savings so I can pay for law school in 2014!

However, when I come across many of the Wii games I missed out on for 20 bucks or less, I won't be able to help myself! Lol.



SanderEvers said:

Like they did with the GC when the Wii was released. And what they did with the N64 when the GC was released. Nothing new here.



MegaAdam said:

I'm actually surprised. I thought Nintendo might continue to push the Wii, since it's still a profitable system. But I guess they don't want the Wii around too much longer to undercut the Wii U. Too bad. I was really hoping for it to top 100 million.



47drift said:

GOOD. Didn't like how Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 were DS games. Thank heavens at least Nintendo's console front is moving on.



RevolverLink said:

I'm still holding out an incredibly faint hope that some small publisher like Xseed will localize Earth Seeker and/or Rodea the Sky Soldier (although at least in the Rodea's case, it's already being developed for the very much alive 3DS), but with even Nintendo not having anything left in the tank for it, it looks like this is the end for the old Wii.

Farewell Wii, you had a weird, and occasionally quite fun, run.



sonik said:

No need to support it anymore, the Wii console is discontiued right? And for me I "lost" intrest of this control (wiimote) a long time ago only Zelda skyward sword was playable at the end.

Wii was a great fun to play the first years then I got really tired of it.



FJOJR said:

The console is out but the games live on. Much like how I bought more GameCube games after its console's end the same might be the case for Wii.



edcomics said:

This is why I bought the WiiU at launch — so I could get a full cycle of support for one of Nintendo's consoles. In the past, I've ALWAYS picked up the systems later than most others, and Nintendo has dropped support much earlier than I expected. This is what Nintendo does. They cast off the past. I don't buy a lot of Mario games — almost none — so for me, the Wii had a pretty light selection of games I wanted to play. Zelda's my big thing, but I got Twilight Princess for GameCube, so... yeah. While I love Zelda and games like it, I would almost prefer smaller games with more frequency, rather than waiting ages for a few gems to show up. Smaller, better games, more frequently.




I'm dissapointed that I'm never likely to be able to play Excitebots on my EU Wii. However with some people still confused that the WiiU is not a Wii it's perhaps best the focus is solely on the WiiU.



mookysam said:

It's not that Nintendo drop support for their consoles when a successor is released (although this hasn't been the case with the DS), as development obviously has to prioritise the new console - it's that they seem to do it very prematurely. Outside of Zelda and the JRPG trio, the Wii lacked a consistent release schedule in 2011/12 and it felt like it was limping along while the world waited for the Wii U. It was the same with the N64 and the Gamecube. With the latter, it was almost painful.

I appreciated how well Sony supported their systems after their successors had been released. It was great to still get big PS2 titles released in 2007 and even excellent 3rd party games as late as 2009 in Europe (such as Persona 4).



Tasuki said:

That makes sense. What would the point be in launching a new system just to support the last one?



TromaDogg said:

Come on Nintendo UK, at least release Kirby's Dream Collection here before you kill the Wii off completely.

I'll even play it in my new Wii-U if you do.



Gamer83 said:

It's the right call, with all the new games coming out on Wii U it pretty much forces those who are big fans of the Wii to move on to the new system if they want to keep up with the latest releases in their favorite franchises like Mario and the Wii Sports/Fitness line. It certainly improves Nintendo's chances of having the run away hardware sales leader again.



Tsuchiya said:

It came, it saw and it changed.

Wii is one of those truly remarkable consoles that when we look back at it in 10-20 years time, we'll realise just how much it altered gaming for the better and how thankful we'll be to Nintendo for breathing life into a generation (the 7th) that was and still pretty much is, slowly destroying itself.



Gamer83 said:


Very true, people who are up in arms about this decision fail to see the big picture. There is absolutely no reason for those happy with the PSP to get a Vita when there's still big games coming out for the hardware they already own. Nintendo, unlike Sony, is thinking of how to give its new hardware the best chance for success. If it kept putting some big releases on the Wii what reason is there to spend $300, at the least, on a brand new machine? There isn't one. The Wii had a good run, it's time to move on though.



SheldonRandoms said:

The Wii had a good run, it really did because I had to run from one side of a shopping plaza to the other to get a Nintendo Wii, it's sad to see it slowly fad away, but to me, it will still go on, but now it's time to say goodbye, while I would like to see more games for the system, it would be best to support the Wii U.

I guess the saying is true "TIME SURE FLY'S WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN!!!"



scrubbyscum999 said:

The Wii now should be settling down. It has made it's mark on video game history. It will be remembered. Sincerely, congratulations Nintendo on a great system (even with all it's problems).



Urbanhispanic said:

Well I still play some Wii games online so hopefully they won't rush to shut down the servers. Contrary to what some people think, the Wii got a great batch of games; hopefully people will take the opportunity to catch up on buying games they missed the first time around, especially since they will be cheaper soon.



WiiLovePeace said:

How disappointing, but not really a suprise. I'm not getting rid of my 2 Wii systems anytime soon so it doesn't really bother me, given how many Wii games I'm still to enjoy. Heck no new 1st party Wii games is practically a boon to me, gives me more time to enjoy all the other Wii games I missed. & I still have a lot of Gamecube games to play too as well.



Tsuchiya said:


Nintendo merged Nintendo WiFi connection with Nintendo Network so at least for the vast majority of online capable games on both Wii and the DS family, the servers will stay open and I can see Nintendo keeping that way at least for this gen and I have a feeling the 8th will be a long'n



Zombie_Barioth said:

Not surprised but at the same time I'm sorta glad, since this means one less console I need to worry about having a game I'll really want pop up while I get around to enjoying whats already out there.

What gets me every time is when I think about the Wii's launch and how much fun I had with the little gizmo, is where the hell did all the time go?



DarkNinja9 said:

why is this shocking? of course it will focus on the new console its what its for o.o that doesnt mean ppl wont have used for it they can still buy games for it that they havent played or on the wii shop

but who knows it might be like the dsi that it still getting some games



DrDaisy said:

Not all that surprising. Nintendo wants everyone with a Wii to "upgrade". Maybe Nintendo should have made a more powerful console and continued to support the Wii as well like Sony did with PS2 after PS3 was released.



Lalivero said:

...and it feels like they just revealed it the other time has gone by.



Starwolf_UK said:

No new games. what about old ones?

I'd expect to see Nintendo Selects Skyward Sword and Super Mario Galaxy 2 sometime, possibly Kirby games and DKCR. I'd like to see New Super Mario Bros Wii as well but New Super Mario Bros U needs all the sales it can get.

Then again that only encourages people to hold onto the Wii for longer. But if they're going to hold onto the Wii best you (Nintendo) get something out of it rather than used sales.



SKTTR said:

I'll get the WiiU at EU launch day, and I have the most important Wii games in my collection. Still need to catchup on some of the newer games like Project Zero 2, Beat The Beat, Inazuma Eleven Strikers, Mario Party 9, Poképark 2.

Hope games like Excitebots: Trick Raing and Captain Rainbow will be released in Europe as download titles on the Wii U eShop.



Banker-Style said:

So sad to see this day has come,I'll still be playing the Wii,even when I get my Wii U.But my last Wii game will be Epic Mickey 2.
And Epic end to an Epic console.



ajcismo said:

Goodnight sweet Wii, your retirement gig shall be used as another Gamecube in my house. We've had some good times, except when you crashed in the middle of Xenoblade and I had to send you in for a month for repairs.



Tsuchiya said:

My launch Wii had it's DD and innards busted thanks to SSBB. It flew out of its stand about an inch in the air only to fall back down, bricked!

Nintendo swooped in, plonked in a new DD and even cleaned the casing of Mario sticker marks.



Zausimo said:

@Starwolf_UK I'm betting on the same thing, that Nintendo will still be releasing some more Selects titles in 2013 for the Wii. It only makes sense, as all they have to do is come up with a new cover art and just reprint some of the classics. By comparison, Gamecube had about four times the amount of Player's Choice games, though that included a good amount of third party games.



Zombie_Barioth said:

Nintendo really should do that. A lot of the older first party Wii games are still pretty pricy, and having More Nintendo Selects games would encourage people to buy Wii games to play on their shiny new Wii U.

If anything it'd pick up the slack between new Wii U games.



Jaz007 said:

I'm glad they are doing this because I got the wii U and would much rather see new Wii U games than Wii games.



sinalefa said:

Yeah, not a surprise. The support has been almost non existent since Skyward Sword. Both Kirby DC and the Op Rainfall games are old games anyway.

Still, time to search for those overlooked gems. I don't see me getting a Wii U anytime soon, as the supplies don't seem to be that plentiful. Maybe Nintendo should not have expected anyone to upgrade so soon before kissing the Wii goodbye.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'll still be playing mine for a long time to come as I don't plan on getting a Wii U anytime soon. I still haven't finished all my GC, Wii, Wii VC and Wiiware games and there are still more GC, Wii, Wii VC and Wiiware games that I plan to get too.



sketchturner said:

There has never been a system with as many games that I love as the Wii. It has had a great run, made all the better by GCN support and the Virtual Console.
I would love it if just one more game would be released--Rodea the Sky Soldier. That would make me finally feel like I'm ready for the Wii to be over.



UnseatingKDawg said:

This is kinda surprising, considering that Nintendo supported the GameCube for a little while. Well, I'm keeping my Wii, even though I'm getting a Wii U. Need something to play my GCN titles at some point in time. I can safely say I have nearly all the first party titles I wanted - Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario All-Stars and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I was looking into Wario Land: Shake It! and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat as possible games; just never got around to them. I can also say that my last Wii title period (at least on-disc) will probably be Epic Mickey 2 (unless I get one of the two aforementioned titles).



Henmii said:

But hopefully we Europeans still see the Kirby collection on the Wii, but I won't hold my breath!



ElMastero said:

I have the PS3, I haven't owned a Nintendo console since SNES. I almost bought a Wii so that my kids and I could mostly play all of the great games (aka Mario games) in their catalog. But then the Wii U was coming out and I figured the Wii U would have a longer shelf life. So now we can get all of the cool Wii games now and all of the cool Wii U games as they come out. It's a win win situation.



prototype said:

I'm absolutely stunned. I cant believe that nintendo has said its last goodbye to the wii. I was hoping for at least one more adventure with Mario but they had to leave it at Mario party 9. .

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