Nintendo will end Wii U production this Friday, multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
At the last official count, as of 30th September, Nintendo had shipped 13.36m Wii U consoles. The Wii U’s final tally will likely now be only slightly more.
For comparisons sake, GameCube sold 21m. N64 sold 32m. Wii sold 101m.
Nintendo’s Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were placed.
Wii U launched back in November 2012 and quickly shifted a couple of million units, although sales have been steady to slow ever since.
The company’s latest financial report listed out every game still coming to both devices, and, needless to say, Nintendo is done with the Wii U. The only first-party titles still remaining are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, and believe it or not, Project Giant Robot. For those that don’t remember, this was shown off by Miyamoto during E3 2014 as a unique way to enjoy the Wii U’s gamepad, but Nintendo distanced itself from the project after it never materialized into a full game.
Skylanders Imaginators – Activision
Stardew Valley – Chucklefish Games
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners – EuroVideo Medien
Toby: The Secret Mine – Headup Games
forma.8 – MixedBag
Zarvot – SnowHydra Games
World to the West – Soedesco
Ectoplaza – Syndicate Atomic
Hollow Knight – Team Cherry
Just Dance 2017 – Ubisoft
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – WayForward
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
Super Mario Maker for 3DS
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Mario Sports Superstars
Pikmin for 3DS
Dr. Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused?
Runbow Pocket – 13AM Games
Dragon Ball Fursions – Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
Nintendo Switch won’t be able to play your library of Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges, as Nintendo has confirmed that its upcoming console doesn’t feature physical backwards compatibility.
When asked whether or not Switch can play physical Wii U or 3DS games, a representative from Nintendo responded to IGN with a simple “no.”
With regard to whether or not the console will offer digital backwards compatibility, the rep said that Nintendo has “nothing to announce on this topic” and “will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product.”
Splatoon is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U, which released worldwide in May 2015. The game centers around characters known as Inklings—beings that can transform between humanoid and squid forms, and hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using gun or brush-based weaponry. Splatoon features several game modes, including 4-on-4 online multiplayer and a single player campaign.
Splatoon is primarily a team-based third-person shooter which is playable by up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches, although the game also features local one-versus-one multiplayer matches and a single player campaign. Players control characters called Inklings, who have the ability to shapeshift between human and squid forms. In humanoid form, Inklings can shoot ink in their team’s color, which can be used to cover the environment or “splat” opposing players or enemies. Transforming into a squid allows players to swim through ink of their own color, even up walls and through grates, hiding from the enemy and replenishing their ink supply in the process. Conversely, enemy ink is much slower to move across in humanoid form, cannot be swum through in squid form, and can gradually deal damage. Players can use their ink to try and “splatter” their opponents, which will send them back to their team’s respawn point whilst also providing a large splat of ink. In all modes, except for the two-player mode, players can use the Wii U GamePad to view a map of the surroundings and instantly launch towards the location of another teammate, as well as use optional gyroscopic controls to assist with aiming.
Players go into matches wielding a primary ink weapon, each with differing statistics and traits, along with a secondary attack (such as ink-filled balloons, sprinklers, and disruptive fields), and a special attack that can be charged up by covering enough ground with ink. Primary paint weapons range from those whose firing patterns resemble various types of firearms, to melee weapons such as Splat Rollers, Inkbrushes, and Sloshers (Ink buckets.) Ink weapons are sold in sets that can be purchased with money earned from matches, with more sets becoming available to the player as they gain experience. In addition, players can customize their character with headgear, clothes, and shoes from the neighboring shops, with more items becoming available as the player’s level increases. Each item carries a “perk” that improves the player’s statistics, such as faster respawn time or longer special duration. Additional perks can be unlocked by gaining experience in battles. When encountering other players in the plaza, players can choose to order an item another player is wearing and purchase it the next day from a back alley dealer named Spyke for a higher price.
Genre: Third-person shooter, Platform game
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Mario Kart 8 is a racing game developed primarily by Nintendo EAD, with Namco Bandai Games assisting, for the Wii U. It is the eighth installment in the main Mario Kart series (hence the game’s name) and, including the arcade games, the eleventh overall. This installment is the follow-up game to the Nintendo 3DS title Mario Kart 7. Like other Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, this game can be purchased both physically at retail and digitally through the Nintendo eShop, with the digital version requiring 4949.8 MB (approx. 4.83 GB) of memory to be installed. The game was released on the last three days of May 2014 worldwide.
A prominent new addition is anti-gravity, allowing players to drive on almost any surface. Elements from Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 are reused, such as Bikes and 2-Player online from Mario Kart Wii, and gliding, underwater driving, and kart customizing from Mario Kart 7. In addition, ATVs join the returning karts and bikes as a new class of vehicle. The game also features more detail in courses, specifically Retro Tracks, which appear more redesigned than their original appearances. The game is also the best selling title for the Wii U, selling 7.50 million copies as of March 31 2016, surpassing sales of both Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: May 29, 2014