For anyone who has been looking to purchase a brand new Wii U in North America over the past few months, the news that Nintendo has officially stopped production won’t come as a surprise. It’s been almost impossible to find them at suggested retail prices since most retailers in the United States have been sold out since the end of November.
This wasn’t the case across the globe, however, as some countries the system was still being stocked. Now, Nintendo of Japan has announced that it has officially stopped production of the system and that the stock levels that are currently at retail is the last of the supply. This marks the end of the beleaguered, and to some beloved console. It will go out with a bang when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
For those in the United State still wanting to purchase a Wii U and don’t want to pay high third party reseller prices, you do have options. You could buy pre-owned ones at places like GameStop or through Nintendo’s official online store, which has refurbished systems. Keep in mind that there’s a good chance many of the popular Wii U games could make their way over to the Nintendo Switch, so if you’re investing in future gaming you might be wise to place your money in that ecosystem. Still, I wouldn’t ever tell anyone not to buy a Wii U if there’s sufficient games that you really want to play.