After just over four years, Nintendo is dropping first-party support for its own console, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild now confirmed to be its last Wii U game. Somewhat ironically, it was one of the first games announced for the console, originally expected to launch in 2016, but subsequently delayed several times and now also in development for the new Switch console.
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
Nintendo will, however, be facilitating online services and third-party game launches on the Wii U for now, with no immediate plans to dump the whole lot.
“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,” he explained. “We’re going to continue to support that.”
The Wii U first launched in November 2012, and has sold only 13 million units since then – much less than its predecessor, which passed over 100 million sales in 2015 already. The Switch is scheduled to ship out in March 2017.