It seems that the console is reach the end of support
Nintendo Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) is asking retailers to place their orders for Wii U that will be a final shipment. The report comes from Gameseek, revealing that the final order deadline is September 30, after which retailers who were unsuccessful in marking an order will not be able to receive any more Wii U shipment.
It comes off as a surprise that Nintendo is apparently moving forward to pull the plug on Wii U so early. Is Wii U being completely phased out? We don’t know, but the report does seem to suggest that the retailer orders will be the number of Wii U consoles Nintendo manufactures, maybe for this year. It seems unlikely that Wii U won’t be manufactured anymore after the upcoming stock is sold out. It’s unclear at the moment, and it could be a case for EU region only. But all of this doesn’t come off as a surprise as Nintendo previously confirmed its intention to produce only 800,000 Wii U consoles this year. It should be expected that going forward, the console is going to receive limited support.
The move comes as we draw closer to Nintendo’s NX launch, which is slated for March next year. Nintendo is yet to unveil the handheld but Wall Street Journal analyst predicts it will be officially revealed early October. Another report this week claimed that Foxconn has started trial production of NX. All of this seems to suggest that Nintendo has switched gears to accelerate plans for the console’s reveal and launch.
According to multiple leaks, NX is a handheld/console hybrid in nature. It is a handheld that can be plugged in a docking station and act as a console for living room entertainment.