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THE WII U is a handheld gaming console that was released in 2012.
Nintendo’s official Twitter account released a statement that closures and discontinuations are imminent.
The Wii U console underperformed from a sales perspective and is facing discontinuation
Is Wii U being discontinued?
Wii U is indeed being discontinued at the conclusion of what Nintendo has called the “natural life cycle” of the product.
The Nintendo 3DS eShops, the supporting network to the Wii U, will also close.
The discontinuation will come with a slow burn, with Nintendo’s announcement coming over a year before the product is fully inaccessible.
But, starting in May 2022, the eShop will cease operations and the experience will become increasingly limited as the March 2023 total shutdown approaches.
Reporting by Kotaku, a gaming publication, found that Nintendo removed a passage from its FAQ that underscored their responsibility to preserve an archive of games for both users that prefer the classics and simple posterity.
How much is Nintendo worth?
Nintendo was established in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, long before the advent of modern gaming.
Originally, the company made playing cards and eventually transitioned to electronic devices and other toys.
The Nintendo 64, their iconic console, was released in 1996.
As of February 2022, Nintendo has a market capitalization of almost $60billion.
Shuntaro Furukawa is Nintendo’s 6th President and has been in the role since 2018Credit: AFP – Getty
How many Mario & Luigi games are there?
Mario and Luigi are two of the most recognizable video game characters in the world with their bushy mustaches and unmistakable cheers and jeers.
They are available as players in over 200 Nintendo games in the Mario franchise, and have a seven game role playing game series.
This year, Mario and Luigi will hit the big screen with Chris Pratt and Charlie Day playing the plumber brothers.
Jack Black has been cast as Bowser, Mario’s longtime antagonist.
The movie will be released on December 21, 2022.
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