Rumor: Wii U to end production on November 4
Nintendo will end Wii U production this Friday, multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The Wii U’s final tally will likely now be only slightly more.
For comparisons sake, GameCube sold 21m. N64 sold 32m. Wii sold 101m.
Eurogamer notes that its sources say the Japanese Nintendo Wii U production line will end on Friday. The final order deadline was October 31, 2016, with only a small number placed. This comes after Nintendo said it decided to ship 0.8 million units of the console in the fiscal year ending March 2017. Of those 800,000 systems, 560,000 had been produced and shipped as of September 30, 2016. If this is the end of the Nintendo Wii U production, then this final run could consist of the last 240,000 units.
“For the 12 months ending 31st March 2017, Nintendo forecasted it would ship just 800k Wii U units. 560k of those had already been shifted as of 30th September, suggesting a further 240k will have been produced since then, as of this Friday, to round out the console for good.
The last year or so has seen Nintendo, behind the scenes at least, shift its focus to the future. The company’s upcoming Nintendo Switch console is still four months away from launch.
Nintendo has said it won’t reveal more Switch details until an event on 13th January, although Eurogamer has pinned down the fact it will have a 6.2″ 720p multi-touch screen.”
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