Nintendo Formally Discontinues Wii U Production Worldwide

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In the midst of their Q3 financials, Nintendo has confirmed that Wii U production has ended on a worldwide scale. This follows various reports and previous statements regarding the Wii U’s imminent future. While Nintendo says this today, the last Wii U’s were produced around November 2016.

Nintendo shipped 800,000 units of Wii U in the 2017 fiscal year, selling 760,000 units out of that total. 13.56 million units of Wii U have been sold lifetime. Nintendo chalks the reduced shipments in FY2017 to there being fewer new titles released from first-party.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a former Wii U exclusive now coming to the Switch as well, will be the Wii U’s final first party release on March 3rd. In the meantime, Nintendo is ramping up production on the upcoming Switch, following pre-order demand. The system is expected to ship 2 million units worldwide this March.

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