In the past couple of hours some reports have had million of Nintendo fans up in a debate by suggesting that the company is ceasing the Nintendo Wii U production by the end of this year. The assumption has been that they are making way for the imminent release of Nintendo NX later this year or early in 2017.
Now we know that there is a large number of users who are still playing games on the Wii U and who might even want to purchase more of it. However, with their next console being expected to hit the racks in the span of the next 12 months, this does make sense.
The alleged plans of ceasing Nintendo Wii U production at the end of 2016 had come out from a reputable source, Nekkei, but soon after that Nintendo responded with a rather unclear statement that has been reported by some of the news websites a little differently.
It is being said that Nintendo has denied the reports for being untrue. However, when we looked into different online translations of the Japanese statement passed by the company we figured that they did not really say they were not going to stop producing Nintendo Wii U consoles.
What the statement does say is that the report from Nekkei does not come from Nintendo itself and goes on to say that the company plans to continue production for the rest of the year.
That’s [Nikkei’s report] not an official announcement. We plan to continue production through the rest of the year.
So yes, the report from Nekkei was not based on official sources and we already know that, but we also know that Nintendo plans to continue producing the console until the end of this year, we don’t know about after that.
Since Nintendo NX is expected to hit the racks sometime at the end of this year – or early next year if late – this still makes sense.
On a lighter note, here’s what the world’s best parody account for Sony Corp’s CEO has to say on the matter.
Nintendo isn’t ending Wii U production this year because they haven’t actually produced any new Wii Us for years now
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) March 22, 2016
What do you make off all this?