Amazon is pulling the plug on its Prime Video service for the Wii U after nearly seven full years of support.
The company started sending emails out to customers who are using the service on their Wii U, to formally announce that support would be ending on September 26, 2019. But, Amazon isn’t leaving its users all high-and-dry. As a notably good gesture, Amazon is offering $25 of credit towards the purchase of a Fire TV product by means of a unique promo code. A refurbished Fire TV Stick just so happens to be going for $24.99, so affected users can simply use the credit towards picking up one of those to continue streaming their Prime Video content. This offer is only available until November 1, however.
This is the second video service to depart from the Wii U this year. Hulu pulled away just a few months ago, so now there only leaves Netflix and Crunchyroll for the time being. Considering that the Wii U was officially discontinued in 2017 with only 13 million units sold, it isn’t surprising that companies are now ready to cut support. Likely it’s becoming more of an expense than an asset to keep the services running on a dead platform.
Meanwhile, none of these streaming services (except Hulu) have made their way to the Switch, despite the system having sold 35+ million units so far.