Breath of the Wild Marks the End of First-Party Wii U Development

So long and thanks for all the fish? They look like nice fish, anyways.

Sandwiched between the explosively popular Wii and the, uh, trepidatiously anticipated Switch, Nintendo’s Wii U certainly fell short of expectations. And, according to an interview between Nintendo of North America president Reg Fils-Aime and Polygon, it doesn’t seem destined to stay around much longer. According to Mr. Fils-Aime, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last Nintendo-developed release for the Wii U, after which the primary focus will be entirely on the Switch. This isn’t all doom and gloom, though as Regi assures Wii U fans:

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.

In any case, this seems standard practice for any console manufacturer transitioning from one generation to the next. Microsoft, for example, slowly stopped development on Xbox titles as the Xbox 360 cemented itself, eventually cutting Xbox Live support for original Xbox titles altogether. This does, however, paint an unfortunate light on the lackluster Wii U. According to VGChartz, The Wii U has currently sold around 13.6 million units, putting it just below the PS Vita, which came out earlier in the same year and boasts a total of 14.7 million units.


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