Nintendo has said that it could cease production of the Wii U by March 2018, according to reports by Reuters and the BBC.

The timeframe was reportedly mentioned by president Tatsumi Kimishima during Nintendo's earnings briefing held earlier today, but was not discussed in the company's financial release posted online. has contacted Nintendo UK for further information.

Wii U launched worldwide in November 2012 but has struggled to sell as many units as its predecessor, the Wii. Current lifetime sales stand at 12.8m units, little over a tenth of the 101m sales secured by Wii. Nintendo expects to sell only 800,000 units during its current financial year.

Wii U's successor, meanwhile, the Nintendo NX, is due to release globally in March 2017. The first game confirmed for NX, The Legend of Zelda, will ship on Wii U and NX simultaneously.


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