The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild will be Nintendo's last game for the Wii U. With the Switch on the horizon, and after a tumultuous four and a half year life, Nintendo will lay the Wii U to rest after Zelda's March 3rd release.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated:
“From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” he said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
The End Of An Era
The end of a console's life is always a little sad, but also allows everyone the chance to go back and appreciate great games for it that may have fallen through the cracks. For the Wii U, those games were all too common.
For those that owned one, the Wii U was a console with some spectacular games. For those that didn't, some of those games may get a second life on the Switch, with #MarioKart 8 Deluxe being the first one we've seen, so far. There have been strong rumors that #SuperSmashBros for Wii U and Xenoblade Chronicles X are also being ported to Nintendo's console/handheld hybrid.
The #WiiU was Nintendo's lowest-selling console to date, selling 13.36 million units worldwide. Talking about what Nintendo has taken away from the Wii U, Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said:
“Even today when I ask people, ‘so what was Wii U all about?,’ I get a wide variety of responses,” he said. “In managing the business, that's just not good.”
There have been no signs that Nintendo's messaging with the #Switch will follow the same route. One three and half minute trailer put that to rest immediately.
And The Beginning Of A New Era
After the Wii's massive success, Nintendo obviously wants to try and recapture that success with straight-forward messaging about the simplicity of what the Switch can do. Coupled with great games, they're betting that will sell the #system this time around.
That doesn't sound like a bad formula. Don't ever count Nintendo out.
It's not all sad news though. Nintendo will still be keeping the online servers open for games like Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon. Nintendo has no plans to "sunset" these games for the forseeable future. Also, you'll still be able to buy Wii U games digitally on the eShop.
“From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and Splatoon is significant. We're going to continue to support that.”
Goodbye #WiiU. May you be appreciated more in your after-years than you were during your sojourn through the video game industry. Take your place in the great game-room in the sky.
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