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Nintendo to end Wii U production this week – report

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Nintendo will officially end production of the Wii U this coming Friday, according to multiple sources.

Eurogamer has reported on a number of sources confirming the company will cease production of its console later this week.

Since launching in November 2012 the console has sold an underwhelming 13.36 million units worldwide, far less than Nintendo had originally anticipated.

To put things in perspective, the Nintendo Gamecube sold 21 million, with the Wii managing an impressive 101 million units during its lifespan.

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According to Eurogamer, Nintendo has put in its very last orders to the production company, with no further enquiries to be made in the future.

The Wii U managed to sell several million units following its release in 2012, but this momentum is almost non-existent at this point.

Nintendo has released a fantastic library of games for the system, but none of these have captured the interest of mainstream gamers.

The company’s next platform, Nintendo Switch, is set to launch in March 2017 alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Initial reception for the new console has been incredibly positive, with further details to be unveiled in January 2017.

Tom

November 1, 2016, 4:15 pm

The Wii U was a shame really, I feel like the concept had a lot of potential with a lot of clever ideas but ultimately it was the implementation that did in for it – for example the touchscreen tablet was screaming out for a local multiplayer option where everyone had their own screen, however Nintendo made it so one tablet per console so this wasn’t possible. Moves were made in the direction of media playback, TV support etc but never fully realised, able to game on the tablet but only at home and not on the go

I see in the switch a similar concept but with a better implementation, the screen becoming fully portable will be loved by commuters, the controller being able to be shared being excellent for local multiplayer – it’ll be interesting to see what other features are going to be added – I suspect with Ninty’s focus on apps for android and iOS we may also see some interaction between smartphones and the switch which would be a smart move as people wouldn’t need to buy added devices, maybe just more controllers

Its very exciting and im certainly going to line up for one when they are out next year

david charles

November 2, 2016, 10:20 am

i love the wii u.... but nintendo's advertising for it was awful. It sold well for the first few months then just died.People were confused what it was so ignored it and didn't bother or bought ps4's / xb1's. Shame as it has some truly great games that look fantastic.

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