It’s Official – The Wii U Has Been Discontinued

by Robert Workman

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As Nintendo prepares to make the switch over to its, um, Switch console, many folks were wondering what the fate of the company’s current system, the Wii U, was. There were rumors swirling last month that it would be discontinued, but Nintendo stayed mum on them – but now, it appears to be official.

The first update came from Nintendo’s Japanese website, which stated that the system was being discontinued in light of disappointing sales. But today, Game Informer got an official statement from Nintendo of America, confirming its discontinuing in the United States as well. The statement is below:

"We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners.  We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability."

This follows the previous statement, which was, "As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market.  We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing."

It’s been a long, hard road for Nintendo’s console, which made its debut on the market in 2012. Though it innovated in a number of ways – HDMI support, high-speed downloads, and usage of the GamePad controller – it never caught on with the public like Nintendo was hoping, selling just under 14 million units overall. That’s one of Nintendo’s lowest selling systems since the days of the Virtual Boy.

There are still plenty of Wii U’s making the rounds on the gaming market, so if you still want one for games like Paper Mario: Color Splash and Mario Kart 8, you should have no trouble snapping one up. Meanwhile, all eyes are currently on Nintendo’s Classic NES Console, which released today and is selling out like hotcakes.

Farewell, Wii U. You’ve been good to us.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.