If you have a Nintendo Wii in need of repair, it may be game over for the video game system.
It's cheaper to buy a second-hand console than pay for Nintendo to repair the console. Whenever that fact becomes the norm, it's no longer viable for them to repair any units. Nintendo is quite expensive though, My Joycon generated drift and they wanted £30 to 'repair' their mistake. I could have bought a new pair for £60 or a second hand one for £25 Instead, I just bought two new thumbsticks off eBay for £7 and repaired it myself in less than 15 minutes - plus I have a spare stick for if it drifts again.
I brought a second hand console for $20 about three years ago. At that point it was a bargain given there's a hundred million of them out there and to Nintendo's credit they have a very low failure rate it's going to be a long time before they become collectibles.
True, I was going to flog mine when I got my Wii U about a year after launch and there was no point, they were going for less than the price of a Wii U game. the only issue these days is if you have bought content on them and then it dies as I don't think you can redownload or simply move it over anymore. But, I doubt very many people even use the console.
Yeah I believe all online services stopped last year so there's no point to having it connected any more. I think there's quite a bit of homebrew out there to revive some of the content and online stuff like Mario kart 7 online racing.
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