Wii U has officially ended production. Nintendo Japan’s website published the announcement. It has been confirmed that the production ended globally.
Wii U Says Goodbye Globally
The game console was the very first Nintendo entertainment system to support HD graphics. Furthermore, the system’s controller was the Wii GamePad. This features an embedded touchscreen, and combines directional buttons, action buttons, and analog sticks. It can provide an alternate, asymmetric gameplay experience. In addition, it can supply a local multiplayer without resorting to a split screen.
The console is compatible with all Wii software and accessories. The games can support any combination of the GamePad, Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Balance Board, or Nintendo’s Classic Controller or the Nintendo console’s Pro Controller for input. The online functionality centers around the Nintendo Network platform and Miiverse, an integrated social networking service, which allows users to share content in game-specific communities.
About The Console
The Nintendo console received rave reviews during its first introduction to the market. Players praised its GamePad controller, improvements to online controls over the Wii, and backwards compatibility with existing Wii software and controllers. Moreover, gamers favored its affordability in comparison to other eighth-generation consoles. They also loved its non-reliance on a subscription for online functionality.
However, players criticized the GamePad’s battery life and issues with the console’s user interface and functionality. Furthermore, critics always mention its weak lineup of launch titles and a lack of clear goals. The low sales credited to a weak lineup of launch titles and third-party support.
The Wii U wasn’t a bad console by any means. However, it never made as much of an impression with the public as its predecessor. The Wii sold upwards of 101 million units, while its younger sibling barely made 13.6 million. With the Switch landing globally on March 3rd, it’s clear that the company wants to discontinue its less successful device now as to not draw attention from its replacement. The last year or so has seen Nintendo slowly shifting its focus to the future.
The game giant’s upcoming Nintendo Switch console is still four months away from launch, so there is still more to come on the release of the Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned to Video Games Republic to catch the latest on video games, tech, and more.