Despite reports releasing that the system will be halting production and Nintendo denying such claims, it seems that Nintendo is indeed closing production on Nintendo Wii U consoles, at least in Japan for the moment.
The text reads, 近日生産終了予定 (kinjitsu seisan shuuryou yotei), which means, “Production is scheduled to end soon.” After that, the announcement reads “within Japan” (日本国内 or Nihon kokunai).
The pictured Wii U console is the white 32GB “Premium Set” console, which is the only console listed on the Japanese website’s Wii U hardware page. The other Wii U consoles, including the black variation, are listed as “no longer in production.” In 2015, Nintendo killed off the 8GB Wii U in Japan.
In the past, Nintendo has often announced the discontinuation of hardware variations by similar notices on its official site. Scheduled to continue, that is, until sometime soon when it ends. Maybe Nintendo will launch another Wii U in Japan for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Or maybe that will be a Japanese Switch exclusive… No word yet as to how this announcement impacts the Wii U in other regions. Kotaku has reached out to Nintendo for comment.