Nintendo Halts Wii U Production In Japan

By Michael Augustin , Updated Feb 01, 2017 10:15 AM EST
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The Nintendo Wii U failed to follow its predecessor's footsteps with its declining sales and lack of software support. Rumors had been floating around since last year that Nintendo was planning to stop the production of the game console. The company has responded to those speculations and denied having any plans to halt its production, but recent reports confirm that the gaming company is going to stop manufacturing the game system in Japan.

In an article detailed by Kotaku, The official announcement was seen in the company's website and details the two variants of the game system. The page pointed out that the cancellation was intended for domestic production only. The translated message on the site says "Wii U has finished all production in Japan." However, an updated report finally confirmed that the cancellation is going to be global.

Reports claim that the news of the Nintendo Wii U stopping production is not really a big surprise to most consumers. News of the gaming system being cancelled was apparently already expected by the public due to its poor sales performance. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto previously commented that the poor sales of the console were due to its price point.

The console's struggling sales is apparently not limited to its native country only, but other regions have also experienced the lack of movement for the game system. Reggie Fils-Aime explained that the game console and its functions were not properly introduced to the consumers. He also added the lack of high-profile games contributed to its underperformance.

Reggie adds that they are prepared to do everything to make the Nintendo Switch launch much better. He believes that the company was able to showcase everything the new console can do and also deliver enough notable first-party and third-party titles. He reportedly thinks the Switch will outperform the dismal sales of the previous system.

Game Rant notes that the Nintendo Wii U suffered from poor market performance and disappointed consumers. During the Nintendo Switch launch event, Reggie mentioned that "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" will be the last first party game published for the older console. Perhaps his statement already held the clue to the system's eventual cancellation.

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