Wii U Production Officially Ends in Japan

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Nintendo has officially stopped production of the Wii U in Japan.

The news comes via the company’s official Japanese website, which lists both the Splatoon Wii U and Premium Wii U models as having their production halted.

We previously reported that Wii U production would be ending soon in Japan, and now we’ve gotten confirmation several months later.

The Wii U initially launched in Japan on December 8th, 2012.


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  1. Mr0303
    January 31, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Not surprising. I expected them to end it after the NS launched, but I suppose they want to cut as many costs as possible.

  2. Heresy Hammer
    Heresy Hammer
    January 31, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    And the homebrew has only just begun.

  3. kunuri
    January 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    The king is dead; long live the king.

  4. rBeowulf
    January 31, 2017 at 3:29 pm


  5. DrearierSpider
    January 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    A grave worth pissing on.

  6. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I’m honestly surprised it didn’t already happen.

  7. Lucky
    January 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    A good time as any to start hacking the thing, I suppose.

  8. AR7777
    January 31, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    RIP Nintendo’s Saturn

  9. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    There were rumors this was supposed to happen end of last year. Likely delayed to appease investor confidence.

  10. Nagato
    January 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Doubt it; it’s not nearly popular enough for a decent homebrew scene to take off on, not when there’s bigger devices that would be significantly easier to work with.

  11. InfectedAI
    January 31, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I think the unique hardware could attract people wanting to do things on it you can’t on other consoles. If only Nintendo hadn’t screwed it up in so many ways. The Switch will probably make similar mistakes.

  12. chaoguy
    January 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Get it in the second-hand or bargain bins for cheap later on.

    While the library is limited, the cheaper you can get it, the more it’ll be worth it for the 2 or 3 decent games it had.

    I’d recommend Bayo 2 and… Erm…

  13. David Curry
    David Curry
    January 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    An insult to Saturn, aside from a couple decent Platinum titles

  14. David Curry
    David Curry
    January 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    And Wonderful 101. And…. uh

  15. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Too bad the price hasnt been slashed due to the overpriced tablet

  16. totenglocke
    January 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I haven’t seen a new PS3 in about two years, only refurbs. Where are these new ones?

  17. scemar
    February 1, 2017 at 12:35 am

    good riddance you terrible little monster

    you abomination

    I could have told them it was a bad idea for free and I’m glad it’s over

    I’m still salty over having to spend $140 for a replacement gamepad because nintendo couldn’t be bothered to make the system’s interface function without it, I didn’t even need it for any of my games

  18. scemar
    February 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    at least the new thing has a justification for the screen, the system is in there, it’s portable, it offers something of value for its gimmick

    the wiiu offered= ?

  19. scemar
    February 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    emulation will get there soon anyway

  20. Clicks Clacks
    Clicks Clacks
    February 1, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Free online play?


  21. Clicks Clacks
    Clicks Clacks
    February 1, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I just realized I bought more games for my Vita than I did for my Wii U.

    Fuck, I got more games for my god damned Virtual Boy as a kid than I did for my Wii U.

    What a miserable failure of a system it was for me, and now I won’t even have free online play to look forward to with the Switch.

  22. Ruggarell
    February 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Production still has not ended. You can find brand new PS3s around the world.

  23. gwadahunter2222
    February 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    More Vita has been sold than Wii U

  24. AR7777
    February 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Certainly, I said saturn since some people call it nintendo’s dreamcast which is a bigger insult lol

  25. David Curry
    David Curry
    February 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    WiiU is Nintendo’s 32X.

  26. Joe
    February 1, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    No, that would be Virtual Boy. The Wii U had a bunch of quality first party titles but no 3rd party support, so it’s very much a Dreamcast.

  27. Joe
    February 1, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Knock the Wii U all you want, in Xenoblade Chronicles X it still had the best JRPG to be released in the last 10 years. I judge that by how many hours I’ve sunk into the game (over 750), and I’m still far from bored. No other single player game I’ve ever played has come close to giving me that entertainment value. Not even Skyrim. It more than paid for the system many times over.

  28. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    February 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Tropical Dong.

  29. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    February 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Argentina is full of them, so is Europe~.

  30. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    February 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    A bunch is an overstatement. It certainly got a decent amount of First Party titles, moreso compared to its competition in the same timespan, but the DC not only had a lot more both in terms of quantity and quality, it achieved that in only two years~.

    Calling it a Dreamcast truly is an insult to Sega’s console~.