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Nintendo Japan shutting down Wii U production 'soon'

An update to Nintendo's official Japanese site has confirmed that Wii U production is "scheduled to end soon."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

November 10, 2016

1 Min Read

Nintendo Japan has confirmed that Wii U production will soon be halted.

An update to Nintendo's official Japanese site, translated by Kotaku, explains that production of the 32GB console -- the only one currently being made in the region -- is "scheduled to end soon."

With the launch of the company's next system, the Switch, months away, it's hardly a shocking move. 

The decision does, however, contradict Nintendo's recent assertions that there would be "no change to our continuing [Wii U] production." 

Since being launched in 2012, just over 13 million Wii U systems have been sold, which is a far cry from the 101 million sales Nintendo managed with its predecessor, the Wii. 

The Nintendo Switch, the company's long-rumored console-handheld hybrid, will hit shelves in March 2017. 


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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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