It was expected, but in an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the last Wii U game in production from Nintendo.
"From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," said Fils-Aime. "We really are at the end of life for Wii U."
"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."
There are more games coming for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017. Dragon Quest VIII hits the 3DS in North America tomorrow, Yoshi's Woolly World is coming in February, Mario Sports Superstars is launching this Spring, and Ever Oasis is planned for later in 2017. Nintendo also just announced Fire Emblem Echoes for the platform and Fire Emblem Warriors for New 3DS and Nintendo Switch. The latter points to the idea that we might see more 3DS/Switch dual releases.
Fils-Aime also explained that the problem with the Wii U was one of messaging
"Even today when I ask people, 'so what was Wii U all about?,' I get a wide variety of responses," he said. "In managing the business, that's just not good."
Nintendo sees the Switch's pitch as "a home console you can take with you." Time will tell if that's exactly what consumers see it as too.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to Wii U and Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017.
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