Monday 18 December 2017

Nintendo denies Wii U production rumours


Mark O'Beirne

Nintendo has responded to claims that it will cease production of the Wii U later this year, and said that this isn't the case.

It's rare for companies to comment on rumours, but Nintendo has done just that in response to claims that it will end production of the Wii U console this year.

A Nintendo spokesperson told Japanese site IT Media, “This isn’t an announcement from our company. From the next quarter and thereafter as well, production [of the Wii U] is scheduled to continue.”

Japanese newspaper Nikkei originally published the report, which claimed that Nintendo would cease production of the Wii U to make way for the upcoming NX console. Nikkei said that this would happen because of the Wii U's lack of popularity compared to the Wii, that it won't be able to stage a comeback at this stage, and because of difficulties faced by developers when trying to create games.

Nikkei also claims that companies that make Wii U parts have already ceased production on some of the console’s components.

Nintendo will have some news to share about the NX console later this year, and could release it in time for Christmas. But according to the company, the Wii U is here to stay for another while.

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