Though, Nintendo has expressly denied rumors that this year will see the cancellation of the Wii U, it’s hard to say for sure if they’re just trying to divert attention.
The rumor began when the Japanese newspaper Nikkei released an article declaring that Nintendo decided to call it quits on production of the Wii U by the end of 2016. Considering the Wii U’s weak sales numbers since its release back in November 2012 (Wii U has only sold 12.6 million units worldwide) and news about Nintendo’s upcoming NX system, this news was quickly accepted.
Think about it, compared to other Nintendo products the Wii U has severely underperformed. The Wii has been able to reach over 100 million units sold and the 3DS has almost reached 60 million. Even when compared to the other next-gen consoles, which were both released a year later, it’s lacking financial success. The Xbox One has at least made it to 20 million units sold and the PS4 has almost reached 36 million.
Still, to some the news might have seemed to come out of nowhere as Nintendo hasn’t even officially announced a release date for the NX. Unless the NX will indeed have an early 2017 release, then to stop production of the Wii U in 2016 is simply too much of a risk.