After many a report, Nintendo has finally confirmed the end of the Wii U. Production of the console is slated to end soon.
The news comes via Kotaku which spotted this on Nintendo’s Japanese website.
“On Nintendo’s official Japanese site, the company has announced that production is scheduled to end soon,” Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft posted.
“The text reads, 近日生産終了予定 (kinjitsu seisan shuuryou yotei), which means, ‘Production is scheduled to end soon.’”
With the Nintendo Switch announced and rumours of a Switch Pro in the works, this should come as no surprise and was reported earlier.
According to Eurogamer, Nintendo would end Wii U production citing multiple sources.
“At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The console's final tally will likely now be only slightly more,” writes Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips. “Nintendo's Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were placed.”
This follows a report from UK retailer Gameseek that claimed Nintendo had asked retailers to place their final orders. “Nintendo is now taking final orders on Wii U consoles. Those that haven't ordered by the end of next week (Friday September 30) will not be able to order the Wii U again from Nintendo,” a post on UK retailer Gameseek reads. Evidently to make room for the Switch - details of which, including price, will be known on January 12.