What Will Happen To The Wii U After The Switch Launch, According To Nintendo

With the Nintendo Switch set to launch in a little over a month, some folks are left wondering what the future holds for the publisher's most recent console, the Wii U. According to a Nintendo Executive, the word "future" probably doesn't belong in that sentence.

Some folks have been saying that the Wii U is dead for a while now. While that topic was debatable in the past, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has put in a final word on the matter. In speaking with Polygon, Fils-Aime has stated that the Wii U is basically finished.

From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.

There isn't a whole heck of a lot to dissect in a comment like that. Again, some would argue that the Wii U was all but dead on arrival, with a lackluster launch followed by only sporadic support from Nintendo. As for third party support, that was barely existent, a huge reason for the console's failure.

Since that new Zelda game was a big reason many folks eventually picked up a Wii U, it's no surprise that Nintendo has stayed committed to a launch on their soon-to-be last gen console, rather than just set it up for a Switch launch and be done with it.

But no matter how much financial sense it makes, it's still a bit of a bummer to see the Wii U taken off anything resembling life support so abruptly. For your average consoles, it's not unheard of for a library to keep going strong a couple of years into the launch of the next big machine. But as Fils-Aime puts it, the launch day for the Switch might as well be considered the time of death for the Wii U.

We're interested in hearing how this news will affect Nintendo fans in our audience. If you've got a Wii U, does this news make you want to just trade up to the new system for Breath of the Wild and be done with the Wii U? Or, considering how things went with the Wii U and the fact that Nintendo seems to be mirroring that previous launch pretty closely, are you just going to get Breath of the Wild for the Wii U and hold off on the Switch for the time being? Let us know in the comments below.

But, in case you're worried, Nintendo isn't just wiping the Wii U from existence. Fils-Aime went on to say that you'll still be able to buy the console's games at retail and that the eShop will continue to be functional. We're curious how long that will last, though, as Nintendo plans to change up their online market plan starting this fall.

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