Nikkei: Nintendo to End Wii U Production in 2016

posted on 2016-03-22 14:48 EDT
System launched in 2012; NX system slated for this year

The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported on Tuesday that Nintendo will cease production of its Wii U console this year.

Nintendo launched the Wii U system in 2012 and has since reported weak sales for the Wii U compared to its predecessors. As of December, the Wii U had sold 12.6 million units worldwide, compared to the Wii's 101.6 million units worldwide. The Wii had surpassed 70 million units by its fourth year.

Nintendo will announce details on its next generation platform, currently called the "NX," this year. Company president Tatsumi Kimishima said that the NX will not be the successor for existing game hardware, and it will be based on a completely new concept. Nintendo's late former president and CEO Satoru Iwata then revealed in May that the company is considering making the console region-free.

Nintendo reported its first positive operating income in its 4-6 month financial reports in five years in October.

Source: Nikkei via Hachima Kikō

This article has a follow-up: Nintendo: Wii U Production to Continue in Next Fiscal Term or Later (2016-03-23 00:00)
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