Published 5:24 PM EST Jan 27, 2020
If you have a Nintendo Wii in need of repair, it may be game over for the video game system.
Nintendo is no longer offering repairs for Wii systems in the U.S., the game maker says online. “Nintendo no longer offer repairs for Wii systems. However, many issues can be resolved by following the troubleshooting steps on our support site,” the company says on its customer support site.
The video game company said Monday it is ending repairs for the game console in Japan as of March 31 because it has had trouble getting parts to repair the console. Several tech news websites including Engadget reported the announcement from Japan.
Many problems with the game system can be solved by troubleshooting, and there are tips on the site. Beyond that, Nintendo recommends buying a replacement console from online retailers and auction sites or pawn shops. It had refurbished Wii controllers and parts, but no systems, in its online store.
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The Wii, introduced in 2006, changed home video games by being the first to add motion controls to a controller. That advance let gamers physically engage in the action with games such as bowling, tennis, golf, basketball and other traditional shooting and adventure video games.
Subsequently, Microsoft and Sony both brought motion control systems to market in 2010, respectively, with the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and Move for the PlayStation 3.
The Wii went on to sell more than 101 million units to become Nintendo’s top-selling home game console of all-time. Nintendo’s best-selling game system is the Nintendo DS handheld, which has sold more than 154 million units since it was released in November 2004.
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