Nintendo Latest News and Update: Nintendo Ends Producing Wii U, Shifts to Nintendo SwitchBy Marj
It has been a sad for Wii U fans and lovers after Nintendo announced three days ago, Nov. 10, that they will end the production of the gaming console to give way to the highly expected Nintendo Switch.
A Nintendo representative confirmed the decision in a statement that IGN published. The released statement stated that Wii U production for the Japanese market will soon end, although it did not give a specific date.
However, the statement added that Wii U hardwares made for Nintendo's North American market for this year has been shipped two days ago, Nov. 11. Nintendo encourages anyone interested in the gaming console to check their preferred retail outlets.
Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo which was released in November 2012 and is about to be replaced by the Nintendo Switch, New York Times reported. Wii U is the very first game console to support HD Graphic among all Nintendo consoles. Nintendo Wii U gained praise primarily for its Gamepad controllers.
The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, is one of the newest developed hybrid video game consoles by Nintendo. The seventh major home console which was officially unveiled in October 2016 is slated for worldwide sale in March 2017.
Following the recent releases and unveiling of Nintendo's gaming consoles, the company was successful in the sale of the remake of its 1980 FamiCom machine at a price of $59.99 this Friday. The FamiCom machine was also called NES Classic Edition.
The remake was much smaller than the original machine, thus also called Nintendo Classic Mini. The new console is packed with 30 popular game software titles such as "The Legend of Zelda", "Super Mario Brothers", and "Donkey Kong".
After the company experienced lagging sales of the Wii U and 3DS handhelds, Nintendo brought out "Pokémon Go" where they hit their first success after the decision.