Nintendo Japan has announced that it plans to cease repair support for the Wii U.
First translated by VGC (and confirmed by IGN Japan), a new page on Nintendo Japan's official website reveals that repairs for Wii U systems, GamePads, and other Wii U peripherals will only continue until the current inventory of repair parts runs out.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to Wii U users, and appreciate your understanding,” the statement reads in part. “If you are considering repairing the Wii U console or peripherals, please apply as soon as possible.”
IGN reached out to Nintendo of America to see if Wii U repair support in North America will be impacted anytime soon, but we have not yet heard back.
Another nail in the coffin
The Wii U hit shelves over a decade ago in 2012. The console only reached 13.56 million units sold before it was swiftly replaced by the Nintendo Switch in March 2017.
If you're one of the few Wii U owners out there, you might want to take extra care of your console just in case repair support also comes to an end in additional regions. After all, there aren't that many spare Wii Us out there to replace yours if it breaks. How else will you play hits trapped on Wii U like Nintendo Land and… More Nintendo Land? I'm kidding, there are more great Wii U games that haven't made it to Switch yet.
It's another nail in the coffin for Nintendo's most beloved failure. Just two months ago, Nintendo closed down the eShops for the Wii U and its more successful cousin, the 3DS. Nintendo also recently took down online play for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon over security issues.
For more, check out how YouTuber The Completionist spent $22,000 to buy every Wii U and 3DS game ahead of the eShop shutdown.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video games and entertainment news. He has over seven years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.
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