New report suggests Nintendo is halting Wii U production

Nintendo will bring production on its struggling Wii U console to a stop sometime this year. That’s according to new report in Japan’s Nikkei overnight.

Nikkei’s report claims that Nintendo has already brought production on a number of Wii U accessories to a halt, but also notes that while Nintendo is discontinuing Wii U hardware, a launch of their next platform — still currently referred to as NX — is still not a lock for 2016.

Nintendo have said that their plan is to reveal the NX during 2016, but has been making moves into other spaces in the interim with the launch of the company’s first mobile app, Miitomo, just last week.

To date, Nintendo has sold some 12.6 million Wii U consoles world wide since its release in 2012. This is a real blow for the company who saw runaway success with the original Wii console, totaling a whopping 100 million units sold.

David Smith

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