2016 is potentially the end of the road for the Wii U.
Nintendo is going to end production of its latest home console, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei. This will essentially put the struggling system out of its misery as the gaming company shifts from Wii U and the aging 3DS handheld to mobile games (like Miitomo) and its upcoming dedicated NX device. The report goes on to say (as translated by gaming analyst Serkan Toto of Kantan Games) that Nintendo has already stopped making certain Wii U accessories. This makes sense for the company as the Wii U has fallen far behind its Microsoft and Sony competition despite having a one-year headstart. In a gaming industry worth $99.3 billion, Nintendo doesn’t want to give up any more ground while putting money into a sinking platform.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment.
1) The Nikkei just reports Nintendo will stop producing Wii U within 2016. It doesn't say they will necessarily start selling NX in 2016.