We’ve been hearing rumblings for months that Wii U production will end soon (as sales have plummeted and Nintendo Switch is just around the corner), and three different sources added to that story yesterday. Website Eurogamer and insiders Liam Robertson and Emily Rogers all claim that Wii U production is wrapping up this month, possibly as early as Friday.
Eurogamer contacted Nintendo and asked for comment on the story, but Nintendo declined to issue a statement. However, a Nintendo representative in Japan has cast some doubt on the situation. Speaking with Japanese website IT Media, the Nintendo spokesperson stated that they had not seen the report, but that it was false.
“There is no change to our continuing [Wii U] production. Even though the Nintendo Switch is slated to go on sale, [Wii U] production is scheduled to continue.”
Eurogamer, Robertson, and Rogers haven’t yet issued any further comments following this development. It’s possible that their sources were mistaken, but it’s also entirely possible that Nintendo is simply playing coy. Back in 2012, they denied reports of new 3DS model with a larger screen just a few months before officially announcing 3DS XL. We’ll keep an eye on this situation going forward.