Report: Nintendo Wii U production ending this week

Nintendo will be ending production of its Wii U console at the end of the week, Eurogamer is reporting.

The publication cites “multiple sources” with having confirmed with it the sudden end to the production of the Wii U.

While Nintendo unveiled its next home console, the Nintendo Switch, in late October, it’s still surprising to hear the company cease production of another current-gen console prior to the launch of a new one. Over the years, multiple console manufacturers have eventually ceased production of their older consoles, but it often comes several months or even years after a new one has launched.

Today’s news comes several months after Nintendo claimed a report published by Nikkei, which suggested Wii U production would end in 2016, was false.

The Nintendo Wii U launched back in November 2012, and while it was able to sell a few million units during its launch, the console has long had trouble securing any noteworthy sales. It didn't help Nintendo had serious issues securing third-party support from the get-go.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update our story accordingly.

[Via Eurogamer]

Visit Chatty to Join The Conversation