The Nintendo Wii U Is Officially Dead

The Nintendo Wii U Is Officially Dead
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All of us knew it was coming and now it’s official: Nintendo is discontinuing its under-performing Wii U video game console. The last-ever shipments are scheduled to hit stores in the coming weeks. For anyone who loved Ninty’s weird tablet-based games machine, today is a very sad day.

According to a report in Ars Technica, the last batch of Wii U will roll off the factory line later this week. This will allow Nintendo to redirect its focus on the upcoming Switch — an intriguing portable console with a docking station and modular controllers.

Around the time of the Switch announcement, Nintendo insisted it would still be supporting the Wii U. Almost nobody believed them, and it appears our skepticism was well placed. The only question that remains unanswered is whether Nintendo will continue to produce portable DS consoles — which are clearly in the same ballpark as the Switch.

While we’re sad to see the Wii U go, we can’t say we’re even slightly surprised: its sales were abysmal (especially compared to its predecessor, the hugely popular Wii), third-party support was poor and its roster of ‘must-have’ games were pitifully small.

Nevertheless, if you want to own a piece of Nintendo history (or just want to play Super Mario Galaxy), a price cut should be imminent. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it sell for $150 or less in the months ahead. Dead consoles still play games — and the Wii U has a handful of classics that are worth shelling out for.

[Via Ars Technica]

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  • I didn’t realise that “official” now meant “unconfirmed reports that have since been denied by the company involved”.

    Nintendo has explicitly stated that the reports are false. There is nothing “official” in this rumour whatsoever.

  • Price cuts you say? Nope. Amazon (in the US) has run out of the console, and is now asking over $400 for the bundle with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land. Refurbs of that bundle are $350 on Amazon.

    Meanwhile, Best Buy (in the US) is selling the Mario Kart 8 bundle for $300. For comparison, the XBox One S and PS4 bundles are $250 with 1 game… plus you get a $30 gift card with the XBox, taking it to $220!

    The supply chain for the Wii U is done… manufacturing has ended, and few new consoles remain available. There will be no price cut. Like Amazon already has, Best Buy will simply sell out of them, and then the only way to buy them will be used.

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