There have been rumors circulating lately that the production for Nintendo’s current home console, the Wii U, will be ending this year. This was according to a report by Nikkei in Japan. In their report, it was stated that Nintendo has already halted in production of Wii U accessories. The Wii U was selling poorly in the market after its debut in 2012.
However after the report about ceasing Wii U production, Nintendo responded regarding the report, denying the claim of the production shutting down. In an article by Nlab, Nintendo said that the report “didn’t come from us” and they have stated that the plans for the Wii U production will still continue “during the next fiscal year and beyond.”
Some speculated that it is part of the plan to cease the production of Wii U consoles and accessories as Nintendo is preparing for the launch of their new NX console, which is expected to be revealed this year. And just recently, Nintendo also released their first mobile game call Miitomo, which is currently on test in Japan this March.
The Nintendo Wii U has seen releasing some great titles, such as Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. 4 and some upcoming titles like Star Fox Zero, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Zelda Wii U. Unfortunately despite some of these great titles, it does not still managed to bring high sale figures for the ill-fated console. According to Polygon, it only managed to sell 12.6 million consoles in 2012 as compared to its predecessor, the Wii which managed to sell over 100 million units during its lifespan.
So far there are still no new updates regarding the NX announcement, though it was also mentioned in the Nikkei report that the NX is expected to arrive this 2016, only time will tell on when will be the exact reveal for the anticipated next Nintendo console.