Is the Wii U Dying?
It doesn’t have the draw of a tabletop arcade game, but the Wii U did receive mostly positive critical reception after its 2012 release. Why are there credible reports published that Nintendo is considering discontinuing production? Is it time to say goodbye to your favorite Wii U titles and move on?
Wii U Release
When the Wii U was released in November 2012 as a follow-up to the original Wii console, it received many outstanding accolades. When compared to other eighth-generation consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox, Nintendo made positive strides.
Nintendo kept the Wii U compatible with other Wii controllers and software. They created a GamePad controller and increased its online gaming abilities. No gamer was required to purchase a subscription to play online – a clear advantage over the competitors. The entire console was also more affordable than Sony or Microsoft’s options, but despite this, sales lagged.
Critics attribute the lack of widespread adoption of the Wii U to its paltry library of games. Since not as many gamers were playing popular titles on the Wii U, major studios like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft stopped providing as much support for the console. This most likely led to an even more severe decline in sales.
Nintendo Denies Reports
The Nikkei, a Japanese financial newspaper, recently reported that Nintendo intends to discontinue Wii U production at the end of 2016, likely due to failing sales figures and a general disinterest from consumers.
A day later, Nintendo responded with a complete denial of the report. They stated that Wii U production will continue into the future. However, according to Business Insider, Nintendo has denied similar media reports in the past only to confirm the information at a later date. The Nikkei is almost always correct in its gaming industry reports, so it’s fair to say the Wii U may be in jeopardy.
Will the NX Replace the Wii U?
Another contributing factor that lends credibility to the report on the demise of the Wii U is Nintendo’s new console currently in the works, known as the NX. It is believed that the NX will be compatible with both Wii and Wii U games, making the need for a continued Wii U console production line irrelevant.
Perhaps with the introduction of the NX, which most likely won’t be unveiled for many months, Nintendo may also officially pull the plug on the Wii U.