With the Nintendo Switch soon to be released, people are looking back and remembering how disappointing the Wii U was and Nintendo is ready to leave it behind.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last internally developed game for the system. While the move is understandable, its surprising how quickly Nintendo is stopping software development. The 3DS, for comparison, still has a handful of games coming out in 2017 like Pikmin and Fire Emblem Echoes.
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of Breath of the Wild,” Fils-Aime said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
This is no doubt a move that is assuring that anyone involved with the Switch is putting their full attention to the new console. Even with third party support, it’s more than likely to be weaker than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo finally realized it couldn’t stay afloat on it’s own, hence third party developers coming in. Mario and Zelda are fine and will always sell, but you cant base your entire company off of two games.
Although no more games will be released, existing games and the eShop for the Wii U will not be tampered with and continue as is. Other online services will also continue, including server support for multiplayer titles such as Super Smash Bros. Nevertheless, Nintendo’s focus is pretty clear. Starting on March 3rd, the company is betting its future on the Switch.