Update: According to the sleuths over at Kotaku, who are excellent scouts of Japanese media, Nintendo has denied that the Wii U is to cease production on Friday, as claimed by Eurogamer.
A Nintendo spokesperson told IT Media that the claim “was not true.” They also stated that they were unfamiliar with the particulars of Eurogamer’s report, and that “there is no change to our continuing [Wii U] production.”
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The spokesperson the continued be highlighting that there are still scheduled releases for the platform, in spite of the fact it will soon be superseded. “Even though the Nintendo Switch is slated to go on sale, [Wii U] production is scheduled to continue.” they said.
It makes sense for Nintendo to deny the reports, after all, it doesn’t want to give the impression that one platform is well before the next one launches.
Presumably production of the Wii U will end well before the release of the Switch as retailers will already have stocks to sell and it takes time for the entire chain to ’empty itself’ to the consumer. Reports already suggest that sales of the console have cooled in light of the Switch reveal, and in an ideal situation, production matches demand.
Original story: Nintendo is to cease production of the Wii U console on Friday, sources have told Eurogamer.
The successor to the Wii is breathing its last just four years after its release in 2012. Up to September 30, Nintendo had shipped 13.36 million units of the console, which in spite of having a headstart on Sony, is less than half the amount of PlayStation 4 sales to date.
Even Nintendo has admitted that mistakes were made with the Wii U, not least that its marketing message was confused. The original Wii’s mission was clear: herald the era of motion control. This clarity helped the console sweep up a monstrous 101 million sales. The Wii U’s second screen was a neat feature, but to the majority seemed superfluous with regard to the core gaming experience. Does anyone want to make video calls with their gaming controller? Not really.
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It’s the end of a troubled era for Nintendo’s flagship home console, one which it hopes to overturn with the debut of the Switch. Once again the company’s message is on point: take your games anywhere. This might not be sufficient to make a ‘Wii-sized’ hit of the Switch, but it’s a sound start.
Nintendo won’t be revealing more about the new console until an announcement event on January 13. Eurogamer‘s sources also indicate that the console features a 6.2″ multi-touch screen. If there’s an announcement to be had, we’re guessing that will be front and centre.
R.I.P. Wii U.