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Reggie confirms Zelda is Nintendo’s last Wii U title, games will still be sold and online will continue

Posted on January 19, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild marks the end for Wii U – at least from a games standpoint. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon last week what we all expected, which is that no other titles are in development.

However, Reggie did say that Wii U games will still be sold at retail as well as on the eShop. Additionally, online services will not be shutting down anytime soon.

According to Reggie:

“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.”

“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 about the general feeling of Wii U:

“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.”


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  • Thank God they’re still continuing with online for the Wii U. I still have a ton of Wii U games to try out and play.

    • Hermione Granger

      better do everything online first in those games that have online then.

      • Leonard Mag

        I just made my first five figure pay last month! Working for this service provider via internet for almost 2 years now, and I’ve never been better… I get paid $95 per hour, and the best thing about it is the fact I am not that tech-savy, they only asked for common understanding of internet and regular typing skill. Anyone wishing to work from home, and get great pay week after week, this is for you

    • I don’t believe it. They’ll be shutting down the Wii U servers as soon as the Switch adoption picks up, possibly even sooner. Remember that Nintendo also promised “no more software droughts”, “that the NX wouldn’t replace the Wii U”, and that โ€œour job at this point is to
      support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they
      have software experiences available to them.โ€

      • So, how are you enjoying your PS3 and 360 while browsing their online stores?

        • You seem to have mistaken me for someone else. Someone who owns a Sony/Microsoft console or who really cares what they do. The only non-Nintendo console I’ve ever purchased was a Sega Genesis. I have a problem with Nintendo lying about supporting the Wii U…again. Maybe I’m wrong, it won’t take long to tell.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Glad they’re still very aware of the Wii U miscommunication. Honestly was a bad name for a new console. Only new part to the name was “U”. Equally, nice they’re still supporting Wii U online despite the possible lost in costs to keeping those servers running. Probably another reason they’re charging for online since so many people still use them daily.

    • Exy

      He’s talking real big for sure. How well he’s vindicated will depend on how much it sells over Wii U and whatever margin the players decide is enough.

  • Nowhere Man

    Wii will miss U.

  • JasonBall

    …Then why should I buy Splatoon2?

    • Everton Toledo

      Shii, if they hear you they shut down the Wii U Servers

    • KnightWonder

      Because eventually they’ll shut down the servers and because it’s a new entry in their new franchise.

    • Carlos

      New specials, weapons, single player, customization, stages…

    • Exy

      Because I want there to be a Splatoon 3.

    • Annie

      Because I say so

  • MrCafecito

    Sad to see the Wii U go, but it’s for the best. Here’s hoping the Switch is a success!

    • Peace Boy

      Love your profile picture. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Dj-Pickle

    It’s great that online is staying, but many of us fear for Miiverse’s future and would like to see it added to Switch.

    Join the petition at

    • TheGoomba

      You’re wasting your time. Those never work and Nintendo Of Japan has no interest in what non-Japanese customers want or think.

      • Dj-Pickle

        That may be true, but I know nothing is ever achieved with apathy or complacency. I’d rather have my voice heard. I’ve invested a lot into Miiverse and would love to see it continue into the future.

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Normally I’d agree with you BUT we did get the Golden Trio those couple years back and now we’ve helped Xenoblade become a big JRPG Franchise for Nintendo worldwide.

      • Tlink7

        Didn’t Xenoblade come to America because of the actions of non-Japanese customers? I assume Nintendo of Japan still had to O.K. the move?

        • Nintendo denies that Operation Rainfall had anything to do with it getting localized…. Somehow I’m skeptical of that claim. It gave the games an incredible amount of free publicity.

    • Addy

      Internet petitions never work.

      • Dj-Pickle

        That may be the case, but I know doing nothing fails for sure

  • KnightWonder

    For as bad as the WiiU sold, it did provide me with hours of entertainment. Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong, Splatoon, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Lego City Undercover, all were played and greatly enjoyed. But now it’s time to send it off to its final rest.

    • Abra

      i sold my Wii U like a week ago for Switch..

    • Exy

      I still have my copies of Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Rodea The Sky Soldier sealed in case they become valuable before I get around to playing them.

    • Thomas_NE

      I’m picking up a Switch at launch but missed out on Wii U due to insufficient funds… still considering picking up a secondhand Wii U to catch up on the games you mentioned, as well as Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Super Mario Maker, etc

    • I’m keeping mine. The alternative is spending hundreds of dollars just on controllers in order to play Mario Kart 8 and the inevitable Smash Brothers port with friends. I’ll probably get a Switch eventually…there are too many RPGs for me to pass on it…but the Wii U will remain my local multiplayer box for a long time.

  • Coonfoot

    Well, at least the last game will be a big one.

    • Exy

      I just wonder now what the last ever game for Wii U will be if not Breath of the Wild and when it’s coming.

      • Hermione Granger

        most likely a crappy indie game will be the last around 2019.

        • Exy

          I still want to know what it is. The Dreamcast is still getting indie games of varying quality on disc.

          • Hermione Granger

            thats dreamcast, this is the wiiu we talk about. that have no crack/hacker underground scene.

      • Hex Heroes is the only thing post-Zelda that’s still confirmed as getting a release that I’m really excited about.

  • chancetime

    Recently I feel a little bitter for buying a Wii U, seeing the amount of ports and shared games it now has. Some exampls: 3DS Mario Maker. 3DS Woolly World, Mario Kart 8, a supposed Smash port (and you can get on 3ds anyways), Switch BOTW (which apparently handles better than Wii U), Hyrule Warriors Legends (which has more characters), Splatoon (getting a sequel with nicer assets and updates, though I immensely enjoyed my time with the original so this only half counts)

    The only games I have on the Wii U that aren’t ported in some way or getting a sequel on the Switch are Bayonetta 2 and Super Mario 3D World. Both are good games, but in hindsight I wish I’d waited for Switch. My 3DS was always played more than my Wii U even the year that I got it and 3DS is getting new games still (Fire Emblem Echoes announced yesterday looks great). Still, I do have fond memories of the Wii U but I don’t think I’m going to miss it too much.

    • LOLametro

      Don’t forget about Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • chancetime

        I never owned that one, lol.

        • hi v3.0

          Blasphemy !

        • Please….go kill yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Carlos

            Wow, really?…

  • Annie

    Well, at least Wii U owners can still play Mario Kart online for free, same game as Deluxe except no inklings

    • I wish. I pretty certain that Nintendo will nix the free servers pretty rapidly after their paid service goes live…despite promises to the contrary.

    • R.Z.

      And no “real” battle mode, and that part actually matters a whole lot.

      • Annie

        But there’s only 4 battle courses, 2 new and 2 retro ๐Ÿ™

  • Hermione Granger

    when mario kart8 deluxe & splatoon2 arrive on the switch, BAM!. online for mario kart8 and splatoon on the wiiu will be shutdown. and a half arsed excuse given… just wait and see..

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond
      • Hermione Granger

        im a realist, when they can take money for online play. they are not gonna keep a free online service alive. specially when there is a new game in the series.

        • Annie

          Call of Duty is still online on the original Wii

          • Hermione Granger

            its activision that run the servers not nintendo.. but nintendo did run the animal crossing city game servers at one time. before the killed the servers because of animal crossing new leaf.

          • Annie

            Nintendo’s servers were taken down because of GameSpy shutting down, not because of Nintendo themselves

          • Hermione Granger

            ac city had dedicated servers… so they was not from gamespy.

  • hi v3.0

    I will get Splatoon 2 obviously. But for MK8 I’m sticking to my Wii U version

    • Smart. You’ll save hundreds of dollars in controllers for local play.

  • Kimble

    There goes Mario Golf and Animal Crossing for Wii U. ๐Ÿ™

  • Tlink7

    Good, I want my free MK8 online ๐Ÿ˜›

  • This isn’t a surprise but…to be salty…

    โ€œWhat I want to do, I think our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we canโ€™t just abandon them and say โ€˜Hey, itโ€™s time to move on to the next thing.โ€™ Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.โ€
    -Nintendo President, March 2016

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      I love how guys like you are insisting this unconfirmed information is factual despite having absolutely nothing to go on. It’s as if you just want drama to complain about. You guys kept insisting they would drop Wii U in a year, then two years. Then you insisted that Zelda BotW would be cancelled on Wii U in favor of Switch. Now you’re insisting they are going to end the servers as soon as Switch comes out? Maybe halfway into the generation, but not at launch. They did not nix the Wii servers until roughly a year or two into Wii U’s life.

      • Dude, my account is public. You don’t have to make false assumptions or inaccurate generalizations about my opinions. It’s ironic that you criticize me for “insisting that unconfirmed information is factual* while putting words in my mouth.

        o I never claimed that the Wii U would be dropped in a year. In fact, I’ve argued often that Nintendo was too smart to pull a Sega Saturn.
        o I never insisted that Breath of the Wild Wii U would be canceled. Again, in fact the opposite, I’ve argued that Nintendo is too smart to alienate that many fans.

        *Which is fair. My bad. I was feeling salty when I wrote the comment and should have worded it as opinion rather than absolutes.

        I don’t want drama to complain about – I’m an early adopter who loves the potential of the system and is feeling alienated that Nintendo only gave it two years of decent support despite many, many promises. I’ve spent years defending the Wii U. I’ve bought a lot of games on it, I’ve backed a lot of Kickstarters for it, and I’ve shared it with a lot of friends. I’m angry that it’s dead before it got to live up to it’s potential.

      • TalesOfBS

        How dare him criticize Nintendo and expose their lies right?

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Come back to me when there’s actual proof, not hearsay.

    • TalesOfBS
  • R.Z.

    Where’s my Project Giant Robot ?!
    It’s been padding WiiU’s lineup for years and now you’re saying it’s not coming ?

    • Carlos

      Does anybody really care?

  • JasonBall

    I wonder why 2016’s release schedule was so odd then. They could’ve easily delayed TMS#FE to the holiday claiming translation issues, made Paper Mario a holiday title instead of Fall too, released the three Smash amibo so people have something to do with their Wii U, released Fatal Frame on disc so people would stop whining, then maybe update Mini Mario and Friends so the new Mario amiibo would’ve worked with it (I’m sure NST would’ve been happy to have something to do). Then the Wii U could’ve had a little bit of content for its last holiday season.

    Instead, they frontloaded 2016 with 2 games in March,1 in April, 2 on the same day in June, and then Paper Mario in October. Oh well.

  • Supporter

    Well, it’s the GameCube all over again just like Twilight Princess. History really does repeat itself. At least the online won’t be removed just yet.

  • MagcargoMan

    The Wii U never had its own Zelda game. How sad.

  • Alex Estrada

    I am not selling my Wii u plus my 25+ games i have for it. It’ll be worth alot some day.

  • Kyle Hill

    This is why you never trust your important data you don’t mind losing to the cloud. You never know when they can take it away or gets hacked.etc. Too many things can go south.