Nintendo has revealed that production of the Wii U will soon cease.
The notice 近日生産終了予定 (kinjitsu seisan shuuryou yotei) can be read on its Japanese site, which translates to: “Production is scheduled to end soon.”
As the notice only appears on the Japanese site, it’s unclear whether this refers to global Wii U production or simply that in Japan.
The admission (as spotted by Kotaku) comes a short time after Nintendo issued a denial that the Wii U would be leaving factory floors.
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Eurogamer recently reported that the console was to be discontinued, and production halted, but Nintendo then published a rebuttal which denied that the console was going anywhere.
“There is no change to our continuing [Wii U] production,” said a spokesperson. “Even though the Nintendo Switch is slated to go on sale, [Wii U] production is scheduled to continue.”
The response also suggested that new titles, such as Breath of the Wild, are still scheduled for a Wii U release.
But now it seems that’s not the case.
It makes sense for the company to halt the manufacturing of the Wii U now that the Switch has arrived, and mediocre Wii U sales are faltering more severely. It’s possible that some extra units will be produced for shipping to the US and other markets outside of Japan, but we wouldn’t expect that to continue for long either.
The Switch will be making its debut in March 2017, and according to Nintendo, it’s got even more announcements to make about the console hardware. Out with the old and in with the new, we say!
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