JAPANESE GAMES FIRM Nintendo has officially ceased production of the Wii U, which ends its life as the firm's worst-selling games console to date.
We knew this was coming, and a note on Nintendo's Japanese website has now confirmed that production of the console has ended.
What's more, Nintendo has revealed that the final game for the Wii U, Project Giant Robot, has been cancelled. In a statement given to Polygon, a spokesperson for the company said: "We made this decision after considering our overall product and development strategy," the developer stated."
This comes after Nintendo confirmed in January that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be the last first-party, packaged title to come to Wii U, as the company throws all of its attention onto its soon to be released Switch console.
The Wii U isn't exactly ending its life with a bang, as with 13.56 million units sold in four years, it will be remembered as Nintendo's worst-selling console to date. In comparison, the original Wii sold more than 100 million units, while sales of the PS4 recently blew past the 50 million mark.
Nintendo is no doubt hoping that the Switch, set to be released on 3 March, will do better. Despite its £280 price tag, the console is already in short supply across the UK, with pre-orders promptly selling out.
Games available at the launch of the Nintendo Switch will include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch, a mini-game designed to show off the new Joy-Con controllers, that involves players facing each other rather that gawking at the TV.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a DLC-loaded port of the Wii U game, will follow in April, Splatoon 2 in summer, and a new Mario title called Super Mario Odyssey will land on shelves in time for Christmas. µ
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