Nintendo Console Release Date, Latest News & Update: All Wii U Sales & Production Stopped? Company Shifts To Swift

By LJ Joseph , Updated Nov 12, 2016 05:21 AM EST

Nintendo ends sales of Wii U home console in Japan. It came out on the market in the late 2012 but it will be replaced soon by Switch. This will be released globally in March 2017.

Nintendo Console Latest News & Update: Wii U Sales In Japan End

Yuri Kageyama reports on The Kansas City Star that Nintendo Co. is ending Wii U console sales in Japan. The exact date is not yet announced. The home console has been on the market since 2012 and it will soon be replaced. Kenichiro Matsuura, Nintendo's spokesman, confirmed this and said that the company has already shipped Wii U consoles to the United States. These will only be through March 2017.

 Nintendo Console Latest News & Update: Switch Replaces Wii U

Nintendo has gained from its newest NES Classic Edition, the remake of its 1980 machine. This hit United States market since last Friday for only $59.99. It is packed with 30 games such as "Super Mario" and "Legend of Zelda." The video game manufacturer also scored success in the recent and trending "Pokemon Go." It is an augmented reality game on smartphones that has enticed a lot of people of all ages worldwide.

Despite the previous success, Nintendo has also suffered due to the lagging sales and low earnings of its Wii U and 3DS. With regards to sales, Wii U has failed. The console did not even manage to reach GameCube figures. This makes Wii U as the worst-selling console that Nintendo has launched. Though it has great games like "Bayonetta 2," "Splatoon" and "Super Smash Bros," Wii U's biggest problems are its gamepad and timing. The market from 2006 to 2012 has also shifted greatly to high-technology consoles. All these drives Nintendo to stop all Wii U production and shift to Switch that will be released in March 2017.

Nintendo Console Update: All Wii U Shipped To US Market

According to ExtremeTech, Nintendo Co. has confirmed Wii U shutdown to Ars Technica. It has already shipped all of Wii U stocks for shipping to American retails. This is for the 2016 holiday season. Nintendo of America further encouraged everyone who wants Wii U to contact their retail outlets for the console's availability.

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