Today has been a big day for Nintendo news, and that includes information regarding the future of the company’s current console. According to comments made by Nintendo’s CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima, during Nintendo’s Q&A session following the release of its financial reports for the past year, the production of the Wii U could end by March 2018. This time frame would give Wii U one more year of production after the targeted release date of March 2017 of Nintendo NX.
Since its release in 2012, Wii U has sold 12.8 million units, which is a much smaller figure compared to the number of units its predecessors and competitors have sold: Wii sold 101 million units in its seven-year lifespan, GameCube sold 21.7 million units in its six-year production run, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold 36 million units since 2013.
Nintendo’s financial reports see the company predicting only 800,000 Wii U consoles will be sold in the coming year.
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