Nintendo Fully Ends Aftermarket Support for the Wii U in Japan

5 July, 2024 Gaming

Nintendo Fully Ends Aftermarket Support for the Wii U in Japan

 

With the Switch 2 just over the horizon, Nintendo is no doubt shifting all its resources to its upcoming console while at the same time maintaining support for its current Switch models. Naturally, this means that support for older systems has essentially ended, such as the closure of the eShop for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

 

Speaking of the latter, Nintendo recently published an official post on its Japanese X/Twitter account stating that it has fully ended hardware support for the Wii U starting on July 3, 2024. This is due to supplies and parts being discontinued for the console as well as its accessories and peripherals. As per the post:

 

We have run out of parts necessary for repairs, so as of July 3, 2024, we will no longer be accepting repairs for Wii U consoles and peripherals.

 

This is essentially the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U, as far as official Nintendo support is concerned - it should be noted that the console is still being used by many for custom software purposes and such.

 

The Wii U was originally launched back in 2012, and fell victim to low sales numbers and lack of third-party developer support. Many attribute the console's poor market performance to Nintendo's confusing marketing and branding scheme, as well as competition from established rivals such as Sony and Microsoft.

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