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Report: Nintendo Ending Wii U Production

Posted by: , 16:05 AEDT, Thu November 3, 2016

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The last Wii U consoles may have already been made
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Launched in November 2012, Nintendo has stopped production on its much-maligned Wii U console, according to reports.

Citing multiple confirmed sources, Eurogamer believes production on the Wii U console ended as of last Friday, with only a smaller number of orders being placed for the future.

This tallies with earlier reports that suggested the last orders for Wii U consoles were taken at the end of September and that retailers would no longer be able to order the console in the future.

As of the end of September, Nintendo has only sold 13.36 million Wii U consoles. This compares poorly to the Wii U's predecessor, the Wii, which sold an amazing 101.63 million units. It also compares poorly to current generation consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One - both were released a year later than the Wii U, but the PS4 is already at 47.4 million units, with Xbox One sales estimated at more than 21 million units.

All of this sets up Nintendo to focus everything on its new console, the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is tentatively scheduled for a March 2017 release, with a full unveil happening at a special event on January 13th.

[via EurogamerGameseek]


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