Nintendo has been the center of many stories of speculation lately. Riding on the heels of the Nintendo NX hoax, there are now rumors circulating everywhere that the Wii U is about to stop producing games altogether by the end of 2016.
The claim originally came from the respected Japanese newspaper Nikkei. They stated that the production of Wii U games would end in the next year due to lack of popularity compared to the Wii and that Nintendo wasn’t convinced that they would be able to make a comeback. They also discussed that because of the particular nature of the Wii U developers weren’t as willing to make games for the console as they were for the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One.
Nikkei goes on to state that the companies that make Wii U parts have already ceased production on the console’s components. Games would continue to be produced while console production would cease, making the hit significantly softer when the NX launched.
However Nintendo came forward to claim that all of these reports were absolutely false. While Nikkei has had a good history of telling factual stories pertaining to Nintendo, in this case they were seriously misled. A Nintendo spokesperson came forward with this quote to the Japanese site IT Media: “This isn’t an announcement from our company. From the next quarter and thereafter as well, production [of the Wii U] is scheduled to continue.”
With 12 million consoles sold worldwide since their November 2012 release, there’s no wonder why Nintendo isn’t so quick to pull the Wii U from the market.