Nintendo has confirmed that the production of the Wii U will end soon in Japan. The rumors began circulating after Kotaku reported that it was announced in Nintendo’s Japanese website, and Eurogamer confirmed through different sources that it was going to be this month.
Initially, a Nintendo spokesperson denied it. But now it has been confirmed that the production of the console will end soon in Japan, though no specific date was given:
As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.
The packs currently listed in their website are the white 32GB Premium set and the Splatoon bundle, all others are already discontinued:
For the moment we don’t know when Nintendo will stop distributing the console in the rest of the world. But Nintendo’s spokesperson also confirmed that all the hardware that will be available for this fiscal year was already shipped to their retail partners in North America:
We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.
Though the end of the Wii U’s production comes as no surprise, it also raises the question of for how long will the console receive support from Nintendo after the Switch is released.When Nintendo first announced the existence of the NX, it also said that the Wii U would still receive support and co-exist with the NX for a while. The end of production doesn’t necessarily means this won’t be true but, the support of the console could end a lot sooner than Wii U owners were expecting.
For those who were interested but never got to buy it, this would be a good time to do it. Do you own a Wii U? What are your thought on this? Let us know in the comments.