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Production for the Wii U was ended on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 as a result of years of neglect and an overexposure to dust. It was was released on November 18, 2012. The announcement of the console was greeted with bewilderment and confusion as consumers were unsure if the device was an “add-on” to the Nintendo Wii or if it was a separate piece of hardware. The Wii U’s first year included a lack of games that were released on the day that the system’s release date and an absence of third party support with repeated periods of software droughts for the console. As months passed, the initial sales for the console only justified the skepticism of third party developers.  The eventual sales numbers for the device were downright pitiful with only 13.56 million worldwide which is dwarfed by more than 40 million in comparison to the Playstation 4’s 53.4…

In 2006, I turned 16 and threw a birthday shindig that is still clear in my mind today. I unwrapped a Nintendo Wii and realized why my parents allowed me to have roughly 20 kids over for my birthday: Wii Sports. If you’re a gamer like me—you’re always trying to get your friends and family to play videogames together. The closest I ever got was playing Mario Kart 64 with my father. Nintendo’s new strategy was the brainchild of Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo from 2002 until his death at the age of 55 on July 11th 2015. The Nintendo Wii expanded the videogame industry with innovative motion controls, and two years prior, Nintendo redefined the handheld gaming experience by adding touch controls. These features were replicated and remixed by Nintendo’s competitors in later years, but it was the big N who put these signatures (just like they did with…