Nintendo will cease all production of the Wii U on Friday, November 4. That rumor comes from Eurogamer as they have it from “multiple sources.”
“Nintendo’s Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday,” the site explains.
Eurogamer‘s report doesn’t go into much detail beyond that. They highlight that the Wii U has sold 13.36 million units as of September 30, 2016. They compare that to the lifetime sales of other consoles.
- Nintendo 64 sold 32 million
- GameCube sold 21 million
- Wii sold 101 million
The Wii U is certainly the list successful of the bunch.
So, Nintendo, Will the Switch support Wii U games in any way?
Moving forward, I’m curious about whether or not Nintendo will support Wii U gamers. They’ve already confirmed that physical media backwards compatibility is out of the question for the Nintendo Switch.
Getting a Virtual Console up and running on the machine might be a challenge, too. Nintendo was able to get Wii games working on the Wii U, but we’re not sure how much more difficult it will be to get Wii U games working on the Nintendo Switch. Not to mention overcoming the hurdle of moving from two screen gaming to one.
I’d like to see some measure of good will through port work or something from Nintendo regarding Wii U games. We’ll see what the company comes up with.