Is the Wii U officially dead? Does anyone remember that it even exists? (Editor’s Note: We do, obviously…) Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard announcement after announcement about how developers are dropping their Wii U titles in favor of creating Switch editions. And now, in a fatal blow to this misunderstood and much maligned piece of hardware, Nintendo has followed suit.
Game site Polygon recently had a chance to speak with Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime about the Wii U’s future, and Reggie confirmed that the upcoming Zelda title will be the last release for the this particular home console:
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
But there’s no need to panic just yet, because the online services will remain for the time being. Not forever, mind you, but if you play titles that rely on internet support—Splatoon, for example—you’ll still be able to play and enjoy your experience for the foreseeable future. Games where online interaction is significant and critical to gameplay will not have their plugs pulled for some time.
That’s a good sign, to a degree, but note that Reggie didn’t define the period of time in any way, leaving Nintendo’s decision open to interpretation. But that’s to be expected at this point. The Wii U’s lifespan is over, and even Reggie admits it:
”Even today when I ask people, ‘so what was Wii U all about?,’ I get a wide variety of responses. In managing the business, that’s just not good.”
Sounds like Nintendo is done with the Wii U, but let’s face it… nobody is surprised.