Production on Nintendo’s Wii U console is officially coming to an end, according to a post on Nintendo’s Japanese website. The site lists that the two final models that are currently in production have been discontinued. In other words, the Wii U has officially reached the end of its lifespan.
This follows reports from last November that Nintendo was planning to cease production on the console by the end of 2016, with rumors circulating prior to that that Nintendo would stop making Wii U units ahead of the Switch’s reveal in October, although Nintendo denied those rumors at the time.
Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, but encountered problems with the console right from the beginning. Billed as a follow-up to the extremely successful Wii, many consumers were confused as to whether the Wii U was simply a Wii upgrade or an entirely new system. Despite an overall strong library of games including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon, the Wii U suffered from poor sales performance and was effectively put on life support in 2016 with software releases few and far between.
With the Switch hitting stores on March 3rd, retailers will be looking to clear out their Wii U stock in order to make room for Nintendo’s next console.
RIP, Wii U. We won’t miss your awkward tablet controller or underpowered hardware, but we will miss the games. Fortunately, it looks like most of the good ones will be making their way to the Switch at some point!