Nintendo announced its new Switch console a few weeks ago, which means an end is in sight for the Wii U. Exactly when they would be ending the life of the four-year-old system was unclear. The company had denied rumors that the last model would roll off the assembly lines at the end of this week, but very quietly, they have now confirmed that they have scheduled an end to Wii U production in Japan.
Both remaining choices now have disclaimers: a standalone white Wii U console and one bundled with Splatoon. The disclaimers state that the systems won’t be around much longer. The text apparently reads, 近日生産終了予定 (kinjitsu seisan shuuryou yotei), which means, “Production is scheduled to end soon.” After that, the announcement reads “within Japan” (日本国内 or Nihon kokunai).”
It is an official nail in the coffin for troubled console. Then Nintendo can close that chapter of their history and start anew with a fresh console that may be a bigger hit with gamers. Better marketing this time around would help a lot too. We will have to see how well received this new console will be once it finally hits store shelves. We will see very soon.