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Nintendo Japan shutting down Wii U production 'soon'

Nintendo Japan shutting down Wii U production 'soon'

November 10, 2016 | By Chris Kerr

Nintendo Japan has confirmed that Wii U production will soon be halted.

An update to Nintendo's official Japanese site, translated by Kotaku, explains that production of the 32GB console -- the only one currently being made in the region -- is "scheduled to end soon."

With the launch of the company's next system, the Switch, months away, it's hardly a shocking move. 

The decision does, however, contradict Nintendo's recent assertions that there would be "no change to our continuing [Wii U] production." 

Since being launched in 2012, just over 13 million Wii U systems have been sold, which is a far cry from the 101 million sales Nintendo managed with its predecessor, the Wii. 

The Nintendo Switch, the company's long-rumored console-handheld hybrid, will hit shelves in March 2017. 


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