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Today, Nintendo Co. Ltd. has announced that it’s going to end repair service for the original Nintendo Wii.

The console launched in Japan on Dec. 2, 2006, and went on to sell over a hundred million units worldwide, making it one of the most successful consoles ever.

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After March 31, Nintendo will no longer be accepting first-gen Wiis, model number RVL-001, for repair in Japan. Nintendo stated that it no longer has Wii-related parts and therefore servicing the consoles has become difficult.

Update: February 7, 2020 - 7:30 AM: As of yesterday, Nintendo will no longer service first-gen Wiis in Japan due to a foreseen parts shortage. 

It is unclear whether this announcement impacts other regions. Kotaku has reached out to Nintendo’s U.S. spokesperson for clarification.

Update: January 28, 2020 - 6:15 AM: Nintendo.com’s website states, “Nintendo no longer offer repairs for Wii systems. However, many issues can be resolved by following the troubleshooting steps on our support site.”

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The announcement specifically states this notice is in regard to RVL-001 (all color variations). The RVL-101 model launched in 2011, while the Wii Mini, model RVL-201, went on sale in 2017.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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