A spokesperson for Nintendo has refuted the claim made by Japanese magazine Nikkei. “[Nikkei’s] isn’t an announcement from our company. From the next quarter and thereafter as well, production [of the WiiU] is scheduled to continue.”
Of course this isn’t exactly denying the initial claim by Nikkei which was by the end of 2016 production would halt on the WiiU. Once again, Nintendo refutes rumors by being as vague as possible.
Various media outlets are circulating a report that Nintendo will cease production of the Nintendo WiiU in 2016. One could assume end of the calendar year, but no definitive date has been set.
Why is this important? Because it really helps fuel the rumor that the Nintendo NX might be out sooner than anticipated. But this is only one train of thought. The NX could still be a late 2016/early 2017 system launch.
Nintendo has already stopped production on various accessories for the WiiU, so this announcement isn’t a complete surprise, though the lack of a replacement system being formally announced leaves us to question the validity of the report or Nintendo’s decisions.
E32016 is already being toted as a make it or break it moment for Nintendo. With the discussions between Microsoft and Sony going on regarding online crossover play, Nintendo will really need to impress if they want to stay in the console wars.
This still brings back the idea that The Legend of Zelda WiiU should be focused as a NX launch title. A franchise as beloved as Zelda with such devoted fans will force hardware sales. The many of you waiting to buy a WiiU for this title might want to start saving now or be prepared to purchase a pre-owned or refurbished system.