UPDATE: Nintendo have since put a dampener on rumours that Wii U production will be halted, stating that reports made by Nikkei did not come from within the company and they plan to continue producing the console “through and beyond the next fiscal year”.
There’s no official word from Nintendo as to whether Wii U production will be grinding to a halt anytime soon, but with the company’s next console - currently known as the NX - widely believed to be releasing this year, it seems likely that the Wii U’s production days are numbered.
Despite having a number of popular first party titles in the Wii U library, such as: Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario Maker, Pikmin 3, Zelda remasters and more - the console has only sold around 13 million units since it launched back in 2012. That places it firmly in the colossal shadow of its predecessor, the Wii, which shifted more than 100 million units; a figure most gaming companies can only dream of.
What do you make of the rumour that the Wii U’s days are numbered? Will the ceasing of production spark a late flurry of sales as stock becomes limited? If you're an owner, are you irritated by the console's lack of longevity, or just excited that this likely means NX is around the corner? Let us know your thoughts over on the forums.