Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo's Last Wii U Title

This news confirms what we already guessed about the Wii U's fate.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last Nintendo-produced title to release on the Wii U. Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed Breath of the Wild as the last first-party Wii U title in an interview with Polygon after the Nintendo Switch event last Friday.

“From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” he said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”

Although new Wii U titles won't be produced by Nintendo, there are no plans to dismantle the Wii U's eShop or online services. Wii U titles will continue to be sold at brick-and-mortar shops as well as on the eShop, and there will be ongoing support for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon.

Unfortunately, with the end of first-party development support for the Wii U, the fate of the console is sealed. Third-party support for Nintendo's console has been sporadic at best, and in the last year, Nintendo has been porting over successful Wii U franchises like Mario Maker, Hyrule Warriors, and Yoshi's Wooly World to Nintendo 3DS.

With the reveal of the Nintendo Switch console/handheld hybrid and the lagging sales and support for the Wii U, it was evident that the console only had a limited time before Nintendo pulled the plug on it. You can get the last first-party game for the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, on March 3, 2017, when it launches alongside the Nintendo Switch.

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    January 20, 2017 7:08 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo's Last Wii U Title

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      January 20, 2017 7:17 AM

      Kinda figured that was the case.

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      January 20, 2017 7:19 AM

      If it was any other company I would say avoid it because the dropped support means no bug fixes (or delayed fixes).

      But this is Nintendo so it isn't a bad deal if you are not interested in the Switch.

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        January 20, 2017 11:23 AM

        I'm going to play it on Wii U, and then later down the road probably replay it on the switch

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          January 20, 2017 1:03 PM

          Im going to attempt to rip the disc and play it on Cemu at 4k... failing that Wii U will do I guess. I really have a feeling that the switch and wii u versions will be nearly identical.

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            January 20, 2017 1:04 PM

            It's going to be pretty close I feel like, obviously higher rendered resolution on the Switch when docked but otherwise pretty much identical I feel like.

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      January 20, 2017 12:49 PM

      I guess there's still a chance an indie game or Ubisoft's Let's Dance 2017 still release on Wii U? Otherwise I think BotW will be the last Wii U game period.

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        January 20, 2017 12:54 PM

        Pretty sure there are still a few indies scheduled but yeah, that's all folks.

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