For those of you who are dedicated players of the Nintendo console, the Wii U, well, we have some bad news for you. The Wii U might be disappearing by the end of 2016.
The news comes from GameSpot and DualShockers who translated a Japanese article from the newspaper, Nikkei. The article states that the Wii U will cease production by the end of 2016. It’s not confirmed yet, but there is an assumption that Nintendo will be switching to focus on the manufacturing of the new NX.
CNET reports that the Japanese newspaper has accurately reported on Nintendo’s unannounced news before, so there’s a high probability that the news is accurate. So why get rid of the Wii U completely? It’s no surprise that the Wii U hasn’t been doing as well as other consoles, with sales down and no sign of improvement. This could be the cause for the sudden decision to cease Wii U production.
Despite reporting that the Wii U would cease production this year, there was no indication of when that would be. Nor was there any information on the new NX. We reported earlier that the NX has been rumored to be releasing sometime this year, so is it a coincidence that the rumored year of release for the NX coincides with the supposed cease of Wii U production? Probably not.
While I recently bought a Wii U about five months ago so I could play Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., I’m not horribly torn up about the news. I enjoyed the new Fatal Frame game on the Wii U and its use of the gamepad as the camera, but there really isn’t much use for the Wii U at this point. I didn’t grow up with Nintendo and my style of gaming is focused more on in-depth, action-packed and narrative driven RPG’s whereas the Wii U has more of the kid games and the Super Mario franchise. The only other game I would want on the Wii U is Mario Party 10, but in order to play that, you need Wii-motes and we only have the controllers, not a Wii-mote. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to the Wii U and welcome the NX?
As more confirmed information rolls out about the Wii U and the NX, we’ll continue to keep you updated.