Now that the Switch has seen a full reveal and is rapidly nearing its worldwide release, the Wii U is already starting to become a fading memory. Developers left and right have been dropping planned ports of games in favor of the Switch, and now Nintendo itself has stated that its throwing in the towel.
Polygon recently talked briefly with Reggie Fils-Aime after the Switch Event last weekend, and the outlet asked a few questions regarding the fate of the Wii U. To the surprise of no one, Reggie confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the last game from Nintendo for the console:
From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.
With that being said, it seems that online services will still stick around for quite some time; those of you that still regularly play Splatoon or Mario Kart 8 won't have anything to worry about for the foreseeable future:
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.
Reggie also had an interesting comment regarding the Wii U's failure, admitting that the company was never clear enough on why consumers should make the jump to the console.
Even today when I ask people, 'so what was Wii U all about?,' I get a wide variety of responses. In managing the business, that's just not good.
What do you think? How long will online stay up for the Wii U? Do you think the Switch will fall into a similar fate? Drop us a comment in the section below.