Is Wii U production already finished for the west (in particular, the United States)? A Nintendo representative talked to IGN about the recent announcement that the Wii U is going out of production for the Japanese market and dropped a pretty heavy hint that production for the west may already be over with. Here is what they had to say in response to an inquiry about the current production levels for the Wii U:
“As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.
We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”
We naturally don’t know if they will or are still producing units to release after March 2017 (which is right around the end of the fiscal year), but what is clear is that whatever retailers have now is all they are going to get. This does lend some credence to previous Wii U production rumors where Nintendo supposedly took final orders for Wii U units on November 4th. Nintendo still refuses to give any official remarks on if or when the system is going out of production. We likely won’t hear anything until after the January 12th event for the Nintendo Switch.