The Nintendo Wii U Farewell Tour to Start in Late 2016

Nintendo Wii U production to end late 2016

The Nintendo Wii U isn’t dead yet, but it looks like the gaming giant is starting to shop for a tombstone. According to Nikkei sources, Nintendo is stopping production of the economically beleaguered game console in late 2016.

With Wii U sales falling well below that of its Sony and Microsoft counterparts, it’s not a surprise that Nintendo would look to cut its losses and focus on what’s ahead: the Nintendo NX. Even still, a stop in production doesn’t mean that the Wii U doesn’t have any life left. The home console still has a few promising titles slated to arrive this year, including Star Fox: Zero (April 22), Paper Mario: Color Splash, and The Legend of Zelda. The latter has been delayed several times, but Nintendo claims that the anticipated title will arrive for Wii U in 2016.

There’s been no shortage of rumors that the Nintendo NX will ship later this year, but the company has yet to confirm a launch date for the portable gamepad.

[VentureBeat via Nikkei]

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Grubb/GamesBeat

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