IGN - Nintendo's official statement on Wii U production ending

Coming from Nintendo

“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.”

Isn't it funny how this rumor popped up a couple weeks back and Nintendo said it wasn't true? Fast-forward those two weeks and now the info is true. I guess word got out just a tad early?

Categories: Consoles
Tags: wii-u


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Thu Nov 10 16 09:53pm
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

Does it really matter that Nintendo lied when anyone with an ounce of sense knew Wii U was near the end anyway? They weren't fooling anyone.

What was the original denial by Nintendo?

If it was a flat out lie, then that just annoys me.

Why announce the official death of a system before they have to?

Thu Nov 10 16 07:16pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

because if you keep lying to your consumers they stop trusting you and it damages your image

oh, whoops didn't realise that there thanks

You're welcome Smile

They don't. Of course they don't. But saying something dishonest to consumers is shady. That's why I asked if anyone knew exactly how they denied the rumour.

Thu Nov 10 16 07:15pm
Rating: 1

I think the original rumor said that they would end the production of the Wii U by the end of the week and Nintendo denied that. So not a flat out lie technically

This is pretty typical. Nintendo wants to announce things on their own terms, and at a time they're planning, not because of leaks.

It seems like it was a flat out lie after all.

The rumor said it would be the last Wii U produced ever. This on the other hand leave the possibility that more could be made next year... just in case something happen and they see that there could be some demand or something.

Well hopefully they end up giving it another Special Edition console, with BotW. Would be neat to go alongside the other Zelda game that got one, which I still hug immensely nightly.

Thu Nov 10 16 09:53pm
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

Does it really matter that Nintendo lied when anyone with an ounce of sense knew Wii U was near the end anyway? They weren't fooling anyone.

Didn't NOA once said that the production of the system was ending before this happened?

It was rumored but never confirmed or denied until last week

I believe Scott once said that the Wii U will end in production before he left the company.

Fri Nov 11 16 12:31am
(Updated 1 time)

I am just floored by the reactions to this. Like we know the switch is coming next year, that announcement alone already meant sales for Wii U would be dwindling. News of the discontinuation only contributes to that. It's like you guys forget that Nintendo is a business and wants people to buy their products. If anyone and I mean ANYONE takes them wanting the sales of the Wii U not shrink any more right before the peak holiday season and ON TOP OF THAT get offended by "this lie" and take it personally is absolutely insane. And I'm putting it nicely so nobody gets butt hurt from my comment because I imply it to be far more insulting. Get over yourself people. The next console is coming out, the Wii U is done. There is literally nothing more to look into. "They lied to me!" I mean just wow. Priorities, for the love of the Almighty.

It's curious that you're taking our reactions more personal than our "personal" reactions.

But you see not every company does this. Saying "we have nothing to announce at this moment" or any other PR spin would be fine. Lying is not good for business. It annoys me.

Imagine if Apple had denied the rumours of no headphone jack with the iPhone 7, and then a few weeks later announced the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack. Would you have the same response? "Oh come on people, stop getting offended. They are a company. Of course they want you to keep buying their headphones. They need to clear stock. You're absolutely insane if you get offended"?

Freaking LIARS

Nintendo always looks bad when they deny a rumor only to re-announce what a rumor just said a week or so ago. It happens all the time. They would be better or not denying the rumor in the first place. It makes them less trustworthy for sure. They need to get their communication to their consumers across in a better way.


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