After a lot or rumors and speculations, recent reports have emerged claiming that Japanese gaming company, Nintendo, has finally confirmed that they have ended the Wii U. Production for the console is expected to end soon. The news came when website Kotaku spotted a note on Nintendo's Japanese website. "Found on Nintendo's official site, the company has confirmed that production is scheduled to end soon," Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft posted.
What does this post mean?
"The initials texts read, 近日生産終了予定 (kinjitsu seisan shuuryou yotei), which means, 'Production is going to end soon.'" With the Nintendo Switch officially being announced, along with some rumors of a potential Switch Pro in the making, this would come as no surprise that should've been reported earlier than now.
Nintendo is parting ways with the Wii U
According to Eurogamer, Nintendo is planning on ending Wii U production, along with citing multiple sources as to why. "At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36 million Wii U consoles. The console's final tally will likely now be only slightly more," as per Eurogamer's Tom Phillips. "Nintendo's production line will shut down for the final time this week after the final deadline for orders has passed just yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were being placed."
The Wii U shutting down will open up more for the Switch
This was followed by a report from United Kingdom retailer Gameseek that claimed Nintendo had been asking retailers to place their final orders. Nintendo has now made their final move in the Wii U and is now taking final orders on the consoles. Those that weren't able to make their orders by the end of next week are no longer able to order the Wii U ever again from Nintendo. Evidently, this move will likely be due to their strides on popularizing the Switch, making room for details of which, including the official price, will be known during Nintendo's upcoming January 12 event.