Nintendo fans can sleep easy because the company has denied rumors of ceasing production of their latest platform, the Wii U. Speculations have swirled around the internet within the last few hours. It seems that not a lot of people were eager to see the Wii U go, even if it meant making room for the upcoming NX.
A reputable source from Japan, Nekkei, reported on Nintendo’s plans for 2016, revealing an unsettling suggestion for fans of their console. Apparently, the Japanese company will stop production of Wii U by the end of the year. No more platforms, devices, or accessories will be made. Everything that it’s already out will be all that’s left. If you think about it, it’s not surprising.
Wii U didn’t hold up much to its competitors, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. It brought excellent titles, such as Splatoon or SuperMario Maker, but it didn’t quite hold up to par. That’s in spite of the fact that all the games released on Wii U were arguably better than what either platform did in 2014. Sales have showed something different and perhaps it’s curtain call for Nintendo’s Wii U.
Rumors had it that the company will be depleting its stock, so they may put the platform to rest. However, the possibility was also strengthened by the excitement surrounding the next-generation Nintendo NX. It has been suggested that the company’s plan is to make room for the next platform, that should be announced at some point this year. That could mean that they will stop production by the end of 2016, so they can release the NX in early 2017.
However, those were just speculations that Nintendo was quick to deny.
In spite of how much sense it would make to end the era of the Wii U, the company is not ready to stop production. Maybe is still comes out with low sales even for the more popular titles, but there are still fans out there who want to play. And they still want those updates, or exciting possibilities of improvement. It would be hard to pull Nintendo gamers from Splatoon for now.
The company denied the rumors, in addition to commenting that they will be release their yearly earnings on April 27th. They will also continue shipping Wii U, although perhaps some hints got lost in translation. Nintendo mentioned that they will continue producing the platform through the year. They didn’t precisely deny Nekkei’s report, who only suggested production will be stopped by the end. So, perhaps there’s something to it.
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