Nintendo to End Production of Wii U this Year, Nikkei Reports (UPDATED)

The online arm of the prominent Japanese newspaper Nikkei Shinbun reported today that Nintendo is set to discontinue the production of the Wii U by the end of 2016.

According to Nikkei, the Wii U’s relatively sluggish sales aren’t expected to recover, so the house of Mario and Zelda will cease production early.

Reports from manufacturers also indicate that production of some of the components of the console has already been discontinued.

While Nintendo is expected to announce the NX this year, Nikkei does not specify whether it will be released before the end of 2016 or not, nor it gives any indication on when sales of Wii U consoles to customers will end.

Update: the Japanese site IT Media published a statement received from a Nintendo spokeswoman that mention that Nikkei’s report isn’t an announcement from the company, and that production will continue the next fiscal year and beyond. That said, this wouldn’t be the first time a Nikkei report is denied by Nintendo, and then proves accurate. We’ll probably have to wait until April 27th’s earnings conference call to see who is right here.

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  • JayTee

    No surprises there. I hope they do a better job with NX…

  • nextleveltaken

    The great news just keeps coming…

  • Boerewors

    “relatively sluggish”… People’s livelihood depends on that console.

  • Nihelus Aurenis

    *The Wii U finally start to not suck* Lets pull the plug! Oh well. Hope the NX is better. Preferably without a giant pad for a controller. It had its gimmicky uses (looking down at maps is nice), but it’s just not worth holding a giant uncomfortable monstrosity in your hands. People used to give the original xbox controller crap (and rightly so) but that things small compared to the Wii U gamepad.

  • quodvadis

    I’m actually surprised that they were still making the thing lol.

  • insertrandomnamehere

    I know that they’re a business and they do their due diligence before releasing their products, but holy cow, there’s a difference between “innovation” and “weird crap”. That controller was a big turn off for me, especially after holding one in my hands and messing around with a game. I miss the days where Nintendo systems just had a normal controller. They had enough good games released on the consoles that they didn’t need some bizarre gimmicky controller for games to be programmed around.

    And I’m sure that others reading this will go “well, that’s what playstation and xbox are for” and to a degree that’s correct, but I also think there’s a lot of us that want Nintendo to return to its glory days.

    • Agustin Freyre

      B-b-b-but the innovation.

      Seriously now, Nintendo should cut the crap already and start doing what they do best. New IP’s are also welcome, Splatoon is proof they can still make new things without milking old characters.

      • Zatekuyo

        Same goes for Sony, cause they are in a creative level in their own right and I’m personally more of Sony and Nintendo fan regardless.

      • WTGHookshot

        Personally, they need to drop some of the repeated IPs in my opinion. It was nice to have Zelda remasters, but why not hire those studios to make a new IP instead? Why not drop Mario Kart to do a new IP next generation? And why does almost every new IP have to be based off an old IP (Mario being the main offender)? Captain Toad? Spin-off. Yoshi’s Wooly World? Spin-off. NES Remix? Spin-off. Super Mario Maker? Spin-off.

        Create some new characters please. I’m growing sick of seeing the same characters over and over and over and over.

        • insertrandomnamehere

          I agree with that to an extent. Like I absolutely want to see new IPs come from Nintendo, but seeing new takes on old games, like Yoshi’s Wooly World or Kirby’s Epic Yarn, that I don’t mind.

          Problem with NX now (if you even want to call it a problem) is that if they use backward compatibility, then the console runs the risk of being hampered by the Wii U controller and the wii-mote/nunchuk combo again. If I were them I’d probably just ditch BC altogether like Sony did. Obviously I’m just a random nobody but I can’t help but think that it would give them more freedom to make whatever console they want.

          • WTGHookshot

            My issue with games like Yoshi’s Wooly World and Kirby’s Epic Yarn isn’t that they aren’t inventive, but that they are the same characters I’ve seen for 20+ years and that Nintendo only owns so many teams, so those teams can’t work on new IPs and new worlds with new characters and lore and all that good stuff if they are just reinventing the same characters over and over. It’s the same issue I have with Fox banking so much on Wolverine in all their X-Men movies and Spiderman having been rebooted so much in the past 15 years and Batman being pushed into the new Superman film. Give someone else the spotlight for some time. Introduce new characters and franchises.

          • insertrandomnamehere

            You’re absolutely right. It sucks that they just stick with what makes them money, then as a result we see the market flooded with the same thing repeatedly. CoD and Assassin’s Creed both come to mind. Like in a way I can’t begrudge them going with what works for them, but at the same time you can now count on death, taxes, and the same yearly franchises as certainties in life LOL

        • Agustin Freyre

          Because its Nintendo, and Nintendo fans will never ever get bored of those characters. I think it became a situation where they love those characters so much just because many people hates the big N for overuse them.
          I have no issues with Ninty, they have a special touch for games, but its like wasted potential, they could make so much more if they just stop cashgrabbing with Mario and every handheld franchise.

        • Toru

          agree with u

      • insertrandomnamehere

        Yeah, I totally agree.

    • Zatekuyo

      Personally I feel like Sony’s far more innovated than Microsoft because they are still nothin but mere obstacles and right up to Nintendo’s level in terms of creativity.

      It had to do with advancement electronics they had progressed through.

      • insertrandomnamehere

        Sony doesn’t stray too far outside the box though, and I think that’s worked out better for them than it has Nintendo. Like they’ll try some new stuff like with Move and the PS Camera, or the Wonderbook, and if it’s a hit or a miss, I don’t think it hurts them that much. Like I can see Nintendo make an entire controller shaped like Mario’s head with his eyeballs as analog sticks and his teeth as buttons, develop their whole console and games around it, then basically put all their chips on the table and go “Yeah, this’ll work.”

        • Zatekuyo

          Hmm sounds like honest to fair point and that i may agree and wait a minute, i realized that you’re referring to games on each consoles that isn’t wii u and for me i don’t even care, as long as developers put their effort to….you already know where i’m getting at but i digress.

          • insertrandomnamehere

            LOL I do! Really, I’m a Playstation guy first and foremost, but every once in awhile I get that itch for a Nintendo console, but I just can’t justify plunking down a couple hundred bucks just for one of their first party games. I kinda wish they went the way of Sega and developed games for Playstation and Xbox.

          • Zatekuyo

            Well as you and i already know that Nintendo still have plenty of money they have so they aren’t going anywhere, neither does Sony.

            As for me i feel like Sega for me is the disconnected link for the industry, imagine if Sega planned ot Dreamcast earlier before Sony’s PlayStation 2 with Sony still have highest sales like said PS2 without having Microsoft involved and stay on PC side that it may have same scenerio like we have back then, it would’ve been alot more different and they aren’t gonna talk about the “Console Wars” BS.

            But it’s pretty much what would happen if/what if assumption.

  • articuzwolf

    Finally, they put it out of its misery. RIP

    • mobkingDC123 .

      Only misery it had that didnt have 3rd party support but it did have amazing exclusives, super smash bros wii u probably the best game theyve ever released on it.

      • articuzwolf

        that is a very big “Only misery”

      • WTGHookshot

        Eh, there weren’t too many amazing exclusives in my opinion, sadly.

        Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Lego City Undercover, Splatoon, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Smash Bros. Wii U… My mind draws a blank after that. Captain Toad is good and all, but it is still practically a Mario mini-game that became expanded. Yoshi’s Wooly World was too much of the same old for me, as was Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Maker, Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis; Ultra Smash, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, and New Super Luigi U (notice how many times I repeated “Mario” and that’s just for one console…).

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          Don’t forget Kirby!

        • chobi77

          Wonderful 101?

          • WTGHookshot

            Personally, I’m not much of a fan of Wonderful 101. I will give it that it is new and unique and provides something a bit different, but it’s not for me, personally.

      • Sunny11

        Only new IP I liked from wii u was splatoon the rest were the same games I played on the Wii not much changed

        • Agreed, there’s nothing new on it.
          Not like on Based PS4, which has tons of new experiences like Bloodborne, Driveclub, Uncharted 4, The Last of Us Remastered, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed, Killzone: SF, Infamous: SS, etc. all brand new experiences like you’ve never played before.
          What’s Nintendo got? Rehashes. I might play their games if they were on a more Based platform though.

          • gRammarnazi

            >Brand new
            >The Last of Us Remastered

          • Dennis Djoenz

            Can’t you tell he is being uber sarcastic like always….

          • Zatekuyo

            No PS4 has games shared with Xbox One like CoD, BF, AC, and even

    • Logan Jeffers

      Nope false m8

  • Agustin Freyre

    In november the WiiU will have only 4 years… wow.

  • TDR25_Forever

    I can’t disagree with the decision if it is indeed true. Though I didn’t have any major plans to buy one, I did want to play a lot of the games that came out on the Wii U. I just hope the NX is a much better console and that is either backward compatible or the top selling games on the Wii U are re-released.

  • KashIsKlay

    If they launch the NX with BC, decent controller and some good launch titles it may enough to sway me to make it my go to console.

    • doplerradar

      Also third party support. That is something the Wii U has been severely lacking.

      • Zatekuyo

        Even when 3rd parties did their best to develop their games on Wii U, this happens.

      • KashIsKlay

        Agreed. I want them to crank out more 1st party games

  • Jonny

    Hopefully the NX controller is akin to the Gamecube one, just add another shoulder button, make it slightly bigger and make the d-pad better. Done.

    • WTGHookshot

      If the patent is anything to go by… It’ll be more akin to a PS4 controller with the touchpad being replaced with a touch screen that envelops the whole controller face.

      • Zatekuyo

        I wouldn’t say that it’s necessarily akin to PS4’s Dualshock 4, More along the lines of a touch screen controls with physical controls.

      • zero

        The severe lack of physical buttons and possibly weird shape of the analogue stick housing is reason for concern though.

      • Ritsuko Blue

        I hope not! 3rd party games will be a NIGHTMARE with that controller.

        • Vergil Reinhardt

          Says the Xbox fanboy.

    • Ritsuko Blue

      LOL! HELL NO!!!!

      • Jonny

        The gamecube controller was good though :p

    • StarTsurugi

      Concept wise, it’ll be a 3DS or something. As being able to use the controller as a portable is one of the patented features.

    • Stranger On The Road
      • Jonny

        Another controller leak is out today

  • R.K

    NX is coming the NX is coming!! Hopefully we get a launch this year!

    • Ritsuko Blue

      Not this year. Most likely next year.

  • scemar

    Good. The WiiU sucked.
    The NX launch has been strongly hinted to be late 2016 to early 2017 for the last couple of years so no surprises.

    The NX will sadly probably suck too tho.

    • orion

      if they do the same mistakes, but now that Iwata is not there anymore, things might be different. however he might not be the only person to point out, so time will tell.

      • WTGHookshot

        Sadly, Iwata is not the only one who makes these decisions. There are other people in the company that did and they are still there.

  • orion

    if only it had specs close to the 8th gen of consoles, it would have been a no brainer for developers to release their multiplatform games on it.

    • zero

      Considering their controller and the year it released in, they would have priced their console right out of the ‘competition’.

      • orion

        it’s just not an excuse, I mean see what happens without support ?

        either wait and release at proper time, or at least try to match the specs close enought. a year off doesn’t have that much impact on the hardware price, especially when you consider that they make money off games.

        for the controller, well it’s their call, so was the kinect for ms – which we know how it ended..

      • Michael Norris

        Yup when Ps4 launched it was just $50 more than a WiiU so no brainier there.

    • Stranger On The Road

      the specs don’t matter much to if the developers will target the console or not, the specs only matter to what is possible and what isn’t on that console.

      for developers to target the console it needs to sell very well or show that it will sell very well (at the start). The Wii U failed to attract a large number of consumers, who simply choice not to get it. This is why the 3rd party developers in the west left it! Specs had nothing to do with it!

      • orion

        the bottomline specs do matter, I ain’t talking only about graphic specs but memory etc

        the bottomline is x1, they wont make multiplat games based on a console that has specs that just dont match that standard

        it does matter, didn’t you see what happened ? where are the cods, etc .

        developper cant justify doing “wii” version of their games like they used to do

        • Toru

          Wii console want to speak with U

  • Lewis MacLennan

    R.I.P The Wii U. A short four years with consistently great games but with a terrible name and marketing campaign. I am collecting games before stupidly inflated prices becomes a reality. Here’s hoping the NX is more successful.

  • sunK1D

    It’s a good day today!

    Incompetence is getting dealt with.

    Evolution studios (Driveclub) was dissolved.
    Wii U discontinued.

    Still got a few more hours before the day is over. Keep up the good job powers that be!

    • Mohammed Allha

      Everyone is shutting down lol

    • WTGHookshot

      So, pretty much let’s get rid of AAA gaming is what I am reading from you via this post…

  • Mohammed Allha

    Nintendo is good with handleds they do good job with thier handhelds but with consoles I don’t they are very behind Sony and Microsoft

  • RentALine

    More poof the NX is coming this year. Pretty much 100% confirmed

  • Agent HUNK

    If nx would reboot contra,mega man, a real metroid, buy the rights to castlevania , remaster mario 2, bring back old classic and reboot plus be as powerful or more powerful than ps4 it would be a one and only console for people! Lets get all the games ps4 /xbone has and youll have a day one buyer here! I just couldnt see myself just buying a wiiu for mario….. everything else is for kids and thats where nintendo died! i remember the NES and super nes days bringing the games non stop!!!! now it might as well just stick to 3ds or mobile games hinestly or sell marios rights to sony

    • WTGHookshot

      I have no interest in Mega Man, no interest in Contra, no interest in Castlevania, and no interest in remastering Mario 2. So, no, that would not make the NX the one and only console for all people. Sorry.

      • Adavanter Mki

        I could see one or two of those titles… maybe even three. All 4? You’re not human. 😛

        • WTGHookshot

          Never got into Mega Man. I played a few games, but to me, if the franchise never appeared again, it wouldn’t disappoint me (although that’s not to say it would make me happy either).

          Contra was fine back in the day, but I have no major interest in a modern version.

          Just like Mega Man, I played a couple Castlevania games but couldn’t really get into them.

          Mario 2 is one of the weaker Mario games in my opinion, so I don’t need it remastered.

          I have plenty of games (1,200+) that I own and love, spread across 40+ systems. Just those 3 particular series and that one particular game are not near my top for games I enjoy.

          • Adavanter Mki

            SOTN just haunts me how good it was. I guess it is fair to say none of the series have really lived up to their highest points. Either way great answer man.

          • WTGHookshot

            Just different tastes and what resignates. If we all liked the same things, we’d have no variation in life, which would suck.

      • Agent HUNK

        i guess since its you….. they might as well sell nintendo off

        • WTGHookshot

          I like a lot of Nintendo games: the Metroid series, the Zelda series, the Fire Emblem series, the Xenoblade series, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Splatoon, Bayonetta 2, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, the Super Smash Bros. series, the Donkey Kong Country series, Lego City Undercover, the Pokemon series, and a few others. My only problem with Nintendo is their repetitive use of the same characters constantly. Like what happened with Star Fox Adventures: it was going to be a completely unconnected game (Dinosaur Planet), but Miyamoto made them turn it into a Star Fox game instead. Why couldn’t it have been Dinosaur Planet instead? Why have to rely on the same old franchises constantly. That’s why I loved Splatoon and the original Xenoblade Chronicles so much. They were fresh, with new characters, new stories, new gameplay elements, but crafted with that Nintendo finesse and quality. I like games like Mario Kart but sometimes they just feel too much the same. I personally get sick of constantly seeing Mario and friends over and over. They make a new inventive game like Captain Toad… But instead of it being its completely own thing, it’s still set with Mario-style art style, Mario-style worlds, Mario characters… Why couldn’t it have just been its own thing?

      • Agent HUNK

        i guess you dont like playing video games at all if you dont like those…. why are you here you must of taken a wrong turn at cookamunga

        • WTGHookshot

          Oh, I have plenty of interest in playing games. I have 1,200+ games, spread across 40+ systems. Just those particular series you mentioned (with the exception of Metroid) are not series that I have any interest in. You probably don’t like a lot of series I like either.

    • Zatekuyo

      Dude that would defeat the purpose of supporting quality regardless of power which it’s something that Nintendo doesn’t want to do.

  • protobass

    well i skipped over the Wii U since the only games worth getting were the handful of first party titles, and i didnt feel like having it become another virtual console emulator. Hopefully the NX offers some kind of option for playing the Wii U first party titles i missed, because id rather play the console version of Sm4sh alongside Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8.

  • Jab__661

    Poor little fella. :/

  • Adavanter Mki

    End of an… well it wasn’t even really an era. More of an error. I own the least amount of games on this console in the history of me buying games. Stands at 11 right now with really only 2 left. Maybe Star Fox and obviously Zelda.

    • Nihelus Aurenis

      Same. I only own like 3 and a couple virtual console games. Star Fox is the only one I’m looking forward to. It really was the worst console I’ve ever owned… but It’s still too bad they’re killing it already.

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  • TrumpUSA

    That’s awful, Wii U is a great device with great exclusives, unlike Xbone.

    • Nihelus Aurenis

      Obvious troll is obvious.

    • YuriFan

      Fake Trump is Fake.
      The true Trump would support America, and suggest bombing Japan the third time.

  • StarTsurugi

    Do they still make Wiis?

  • colonel179

    A rumor I will believe. Even if the rumor is false, ceasing to produce the Wii U is a very smart move. Hopefully the NX deliver and bring Nintendo back as a strong contender. They have great games.

  • Galen Nycroft

    I was holding off on getting a Wii U until more JRPGs came to the console. Guess I can just skip the Wii U.

    • Stranger On The Road

      “I was holding off on getting a Wii U until more Treehouse improved and upgraded JRPGs came to the console”

      there, fixed it for you :-p

  • Panty Sniffer

    WII U MEH! Let the Wii U die a quick and painless death, meh!

  • Nintendont should just make a statement already, one that goes like this.
    “Sorry, everyone. But it has recently become obvious that we are simply not Based. Therefore, we are offering ourselves to be purchased by Based Sony for whatever price they deem necessary.”
    Then Based Kaz can give them a fair offer, not too much, and maybe then I’ll play some of their games (but only after all staff has seen the Greatness that Awaits).

  • Cyrus T. Wolfwood

    Nintendo failed for 3 reasons

    #1 price. It was entirely too expensive and was viewed as such when compared to PS4 and X One.

    #2 Failed to produce the 1st party games people wanted. There is no Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon RPG, Custom Robo, Fire Emblem, the list goes on for games that still haven’t been released. I’m almost positive the majority would’ve rather had Metroid over Star Fox. But management made terrible decisions… A pokemon MMO would bring in billions of dollars but Nintendo won’t do it.. Then Nintendo would rather use development resources on games with similar mechanics (looking at 3d world ) instead of giving us a new exclusive Mario.

    #3. A When they failed to entice buyers, third party games sold poorly resulting in Complete third party support withdrawal from the console… This was basically the nail in the coffin….

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  • Zatekuyo

    I doubt that Wii U is going anywhere, so I think that it’s still gonna progress with 13 million that seems better here.

  • tilt

    Need to get me 3 more WiiU Controller Pros and a Game Cube controller before the scalpers swoop in and take everything.

  • Nikkei are great because they actually get news and then explain “We received word from X” but they didn’t here. This is a weird case due to the fact that Nikkei are respected and owned by a well known company.

  • Logan Jeffers

    Good… It isn’t dead so people can now shut up…