The Wii U is considered by many to be the black sheep of Nintendo’s hardware line-up. Despite being a pretty well-built system, it had a few key flaws in its hardware design and also its identity that ultimately resulted in it being both the shortest-lived and least-selling home console Nintendo has produced yet.
On November 18, the Wii U’s sixth anniversary will arrive. But, just nine days prior, Nintendo will be putting yet another nail in the system’s humble proverbial coffin. The company recently announced on Facebook that the official Wii U Facebook page will be shut down on November 9, 2018. The post encourages regular visitors to instead follow the company’s other pages, namely its main Nintendo page, as well as the pages for Switch and 3DS.
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Despite its troubled life, the Wii U did play an essential role in paving away for Nintendo’s new headliner: the Switch. The Wii U gave birth to the idea of playing full console titles on a tablet-like device that’s independent of a TV screen. This shows a clear line of relation to that of the Switch, which is a tablet and connects to the TV by means of a dock. Unlike the Wii U, the Switch’s design has been praised by gamers far and wide, resulting in the system already has garnered over 22 million units sold worldwide as of October 30, 2018. That puts it above the Gamecube, which was Nintendo’s former least-selling home system prior to the Wii U.
The Wii U was discontinued back in January 2017, and has sold 13.56 million units worldwide.