Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the final Nintendo developed game for the Wii U.
The Nintendo Switch is, obviously, the successor to the Wii U. Nintendo’s new handheld-console hybrid system will replace the Wii U on March 3, and that means game production on the eighth-generation console is winding down. In fact, it’s winding down real fast. The Wii U will receive its final first-party game on March 3, and then all future Nintendo developed games will appear exclusively on the Switch.
Speaking with Polygon, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the company has no more games in the pipeline for Wii U following the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
While game development on the Wii U has ended, the online services will live on. Users will still be able to access the eShop on their system, and play online games. In fact, the online community for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon remains strong.
“From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and Splatoon is significant. We’re going to continue to support that.”
The Switch is set to launch March 3 worldwide. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches the same day on both Switch and Wii U.