Last week, multiple sources reported that Wii U production would end this month. A Nintendo representative in Japan quickly denied the story, but we speculated that they were simply playing coy. Shortly after, Nintendo reversed their stance and announced (via the official Wii U website in Japan) that Wii U production is ending soon in Japan. Since then, Nintendo has essentially confirmed the report’s accuracy. Speaking with IGN, a Nintendo representative has confirmed that Nintendo won’t be shipping out any more Wii U units to North America for the remainder of the fiscal year. Here’s Nintendo’s official statement:
“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.
“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.”
Nintendo hasn’t outright confirmed that Wii U production has permanently ended, but that seems to be the case. Nintendo is only shipping 800,000 total Wii U consoles this year (compared to around 3 million in each previous year), and they don’t plan to manufacture or ship anymore before March 31st, 2017. Given that Nintendo Switch will already be available by then, it seems highly unlikely that they’ll be making any more.