A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo unveiled the future, or at the very least the future of its console gaming. Nintendo Switch hits store shelves sometime in the new year, which means that the end is nigh for the Wii U, and it likely can’t come soon enough for the gaming company. Sales for Wii U, as compared to the sales for the original Wii, have been downright tepid. To borrow a line from a certain politician, it’s a disaster. So it’s understandable then, for all those reasons, why reports are saying that Nintendo will wrap production on Wii U at the end of the week.
According to “multiple sources” that they’ve conferred with, Eurogamer is reporting that the deadline for the final batch of Wii U consoles from Nintendo was Halloween, October 31. As a result, all production on the Wii U is expected to be done by this Friday, November 4. Nintendo will still be working hard to push the Wii U through the holidays though with new deals and pricing, all in an effort to make up for some of that lost ground in terms of sales. Since the system came out in November 2012, it’s barely sold 10 per cent of the units that the original Wii did, 13.36 million versus over 100 million for the first Wii.
If you are a fan of Wii U, don’t fret too much because there will likely still be new games for the system in the short term; Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the only confirmed game so far for the Switch, will also be released on the Wii U. In the meantime, Nintendo will probably be working hard to get all things Switch-related in place for January 12 when they officially announce the full details on the new console including price point, specs, and the initial line-up of games. The Nintendo Switch will be in stores sometime in March 2017.
Source: Game Spot