Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Be Last Nintendo Game for Wii U
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed with gaming news website Polygon at the Nintendo Switch launch event last Friday that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be Nintendo‘s last title developed for the Wii U.
However, Wii U titles will continue to be sold at retail and online. Fils-Aime shared that the “sunsetting” of the console is still “quite some time into the future,” as the company plans to support the ongoing online activity on games such as Mario Kart and Splatoon. Nintendo revealed in November that it would soon end production of Wii U consoles in Japan, and that it had already shipped all Wii U consoles to retailers in North America for the fiscal year.
Nintendo has not yet commented its “Project Giant Robot” tech demo, which Shigeru Miyamoto first unveiled for Wii U in 2014. Miyamoto commented in March that Nintendo had not yet decided whether to make a full game out of the project.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3. Nintendo revealed the game was in development in 2013, and revealed the first gameplay footage in 2014. Nintendo originally planned to release the game in 2015, but then the company pushed the game back to 2016, and then delayed it again to 2017. While originally slated for release only for Nintendo‘s Wii U console, the game is now slated for simultaneous launch for both the Wii U and the newly revealed Switch platform.