Wii U Production to Cease This Friday

Wii U Production to Cease This Friday

According to Eurogamer, the Wii U will cease production as of this Friday. 

Rumors suggest that Nintendo made their last order for Wii U systems yesterday, and after production finishes on Friday, that is it. Of course, there will be plenty of units floating around for a while, so don't expect for it to be hard to find a Wii U anytime soon. 

Nintendo seems to be ramping up for the Switch. Perhaps they will begin to manufacture Switch consoles soon, and do not want to have to deal with the cost of manufacturing two home consoles at once. 

The Wii U lived a short life, having only launched in November of 2012. The console sold well initially, but sales have rapidly declined since. The Wii U's lifetime sales currently sit at an estimated 13.36 million units, which is weak, especially compared to the Sony's PlayStation 4, which has sold nearly 50 million units since its November 2013 launch. 

Wii U has been Nintendo's biggest hardware failure (not counting the Virtual Boy) and the company hopes to recover with the upcoming Switch hybrid console, that is set to release in March 2017. We won't know more about the new device until January 12, but hopefully it  will be better received than the Wii U. 

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