Though not much of a surprise, Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last game the company will release on the Wii U.
The Wii U was released back in 2012 and now on March 3, 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the final first party title for the system. The news comes from an interview with Polygon where Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime broke the news.
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,”
Though Nintendo will not be supporting the Wii U with first-party titles this does not mean the end of the Wii U altogether. Titles will continue to be sold at retail and on the eShop and there are no plans to end any of the services at this time, plus there are many third party developers still supporting the console.
“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.”
Though this news means the end of an era it also means that Nintendo will be fully invested into the development of Switch titles moving forward. The Wii U saw some interesting and fun titles during its life even if the system faced trouble with sales. The slowdown of games was visible for some time so the news of its end is really no surprise.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release on Wii U and Nintendo Switch on March 3. It will be the last first party tile for the Wii U.
It’s been a good run, Wii U.