Nintendo’s Wii U may be enjoyed by many at home, but it’s no secret that the console is not a huge seller. It’s been stuck in a strange kind of limbo since its release, with a tablet idea that never quite really took off in an era that was dominated by Apple’s iPad. People never really stuck with the idea of the Wii U as a next generation console, instead looking at it as more of a side upgrade to the Wii U, which sold an incredible number of units in its lifetime.
Now, Japanese publication Nikkei and several unconfirmed reports have claimed that the Wii U is on its way out the door and would cease production by the end of 2016. They’ve also reported that the manufacturing of some Wii U accessories has already ceased. With only 12.6 million units moved and with some Japanese retailers having low stock, it might just be time for the Wii U to hang up its hat and bow out for the NX to make way this year, hopefully with a tidal wave at E3 2016.
UPDATE: A Nintendo spokesperson has spoken to IT Media, and has denied the reports from Nikkei, claiming:
“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.”