If the writing wasn’t already on the wall, it is now: Nintendo has revealed what its final game for the Wii U will be. Given Nintendo’s own announcement that it will be ending Wii U production in Japan, the fact that it won’t support the console with much more first-party software isn’t really a shocker. Still, it’s further indication that the end is closing in for the Wii U.
Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the final Nintendo-made game to launch for the system. “From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Fils-Aime said. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”
However, don’t expect Nintendo to kill off the Wii U entirely once the Switch has arrived on the scene. Fils-Aime noted the online communities that still exist for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, and said that the Wii U’s online services will be kept up and running for the foreseeable future to accommodate those players bases. In that regard, the Wii U will live on, at least for a little while.
You also won’t see Wii U software disappear from store shelves immediately. There’s no telling how long new copies of Wii U games will be available, because we can probably expect sales to drop off rather quickly once the Switch is available. Still, they’ll be around for some time after Nintendo releases its final game for the console.
There’s always the possibility that third-party developers continue to make games for the Wii U after Nintendo has called it quits, too. Considering the Wii U’s abysmal sales, however, that doesn’t seem very likely. We’ll just have to wait and see how quickly Wii U hardware and software begins disappearing once the Switch launch is in full swing. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches for both the Wii U and the Switch on March 3.