Looks like the Wii U will be ending soon as Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed that they will be halting production for the ill-fated gaming console by March 2018. IGN shares the information about the halting of production for the console.
It was revealed according to reports from BBC that with the announcement of the release date for the new Nintendo NX, Nintendo is planning to end production for the Wii U as its sales figures were disappointing. Nintendo had a 24-billion yen ($282 million) from 1st Quarter, which was a bigger loss compared from last year.
Based on reports, the Wii U has sold over 12.8 million units since its launch in 2012, which was still just more than 10 percent from its predecessor’s release; the Nintendo Wii. The Wii sold around 101 million units for seven years since its release on 2006.
Nintendo Gamecube, which was one of the underwhelmed consoles of Nintendo, sold at around 21.7 million units in its six years of production lifetime. Currently, the PlayStation 4 that was launched in 2013, a year after the launch of the Wii U, sold over 40 million units.
Nintendo is predicting an 800,000-unit sale for the Wii U for their hardware sale this year based on their financial reports.
So far Nintendo is preparing for their NX release next year. While some analysts are concerned on their target release date, some figure that the later release date is due to some games being set to be available in the same year. This strategy will give more launch games available for the NX, as compared to the Wii U which lacked a certain amount of launch day games available for consumers.
The long awaited Zelda Wii U was also delayed and will also have a Nintendo NX release next year just in time for the console’s release.