Apparently, earlier rumors regarding Nintendo’s plan to permanently end Wii U production were legitimate.
An announcement posted earlier today on Nintendo’s official Japanese website translates into “production is scheduled to end soon”. It makes note of the fact that the it’s the Japanese production line that is being ceased. While an announcement regarding the west is yet to arrive, it’s safe to say that this marks the end of Wii U.
Last week, Eurogamer reported that anonymous sources close to the matter confirmed that Wii U production was wrapping up within this month. Nintendo, however, followed up by stating that the rumor was incorrect and Wii U production is continuing normally. Based on today’s announcement, the rumors were apparently true.
According to official statistics, Nintendo shipped 13.36 million Wii U consoles worldwide as of September 30. In comparison, the original Wii sold 101 million units in its lifetime while the Nintendo 64 moved 32 million units worldwide.
Closing down shop for Wii U was only logical seeing that the company’s new console, Nintendo Switch, is scheduled to launch in March 2017. If Wii U was faring any better in the market, Nintendo would have likely kept it alive. The crippled sales only mean a quick and dire end to the console.
An exclusive event planned for January promises to reveal more information about the company’s next platform, including games lineup and price. The only launch game confirmed for Switch at the moment is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.