Nintendo Wii U production will reportedly end in 2016

Out with the old and in with the NX?

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While Nintendo fans wait for new details to be revealed regarding the Nintendo NX, a report has been published saying the Nintendo Wii U will stop being manufactured some time this year.

Japan’s Nikkei reports Nintendo has already stopped manufacturing a number of Wii U accessories, and while the Wii U hardware is expected to be discontinued this year, that in no way guarantees the Nintendo NX will launch this year.

With the cease in manufacturing expected to take place this year, that means Nintendo plans on depleting its inventory by the end of 2016. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Wii U will just vanish as we’re sure there will still be enough in production to last several months after 2016.

Meanwhile, that rumor of The Legend of Zelda being released on both the Wii U and Nintendo NX looks pretty interesting right about now.

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    March 22, 2016 11:52 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Nintendo Wii U production will reportedly end in 2016

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      March 22, 2016 12:06 PM

      Damn. Ok I held out on this generation, but I really can't let myself miss it entirely. Wii U it is. :(

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        March 22, 2016 12:07 PM

        Some fun games await!

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          March 22, 2016 12:27 PM

          I know. I don't have the time I used to to play anything :(

          I only just finished Witcher 3 last week.

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        March 22, 2016 7:02 PM

        I'd wait to see if the NX has backwards compatibility. It seems unlikely, but here we have Microsoft pulling it off.

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          March 22, 2016 8:13 PM

          "pulling it off" is up for debate. I've read reports of bad framerates and other bugs.

          Nintendo's BC has worked better because they included the original CPU/GPU on the motherboard.

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            March 23, 2016 5:12 PM

            360 games have bad framerates. It's a feature.

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      March 22, 2016 12:31 PM

      Wow that's a pretty hard pivot if true. The NX better be backwards compatible.

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        March 22, 2016 7:32 PM

        Why? It's not like anybody else has launched with BC since the PS3.

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          March 22, 2016 7:37 PM

          except the Wii U...

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            March 22, 2016 7:39 PM

            Anybody else, besides Nintendo, that is. And with a new chipset, it's really not a reasonable expectation.

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              March 22, 2016 8:36 PM

              It is. Nintendo uses its old library as a selling point a lot.

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            March 22, 2016 9:21 PM

            Look how that worked out.

        • Zek
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          March 22, 2016 8:12 PM

          Because they're cutting this generation so short that a lot of Wii U titles (Smash Bros, Mario Maker, Splatoon) are still relevant. Most new consoles start slow and have a gradual ramp-up transition, however this is sounding like the Wii U is going to drop dead along with all its games the instant the NX hits the market.

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          March 22, 2016 8:14 PM

          nobody else is having their console killed this abruptly

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      March 22, 2016 12:34 PM

      Lol

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      March 22, 2016 12:38 PM

      Would not put it past Nintendo, if the new Zelda is exclusive to the NX.

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        March 22, 2016 8:07 PM

        Why? Nintendo announced new Zelda as a Wii U game. They released Twilight Princess on both the GCN and Wii. Iwata mandated that "free-to-play" games are shown as "free to start". The worst thing they did was a price drop on the 3DS after only six months, and as a consolation prize they threw in 20 games!

        History shows them sticking to their word and being fair to their users, they're really sensitive about that sort of thing.