Nintendo has confirmed that “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” will be the last first-party game to be made available for the Wii U. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the news sometime after the launch of the Switch console last Friday.
“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 told Polygon. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.” The game is scheduled to be released on March 3 alongside the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Wii U was first released back in November 2012, just a year before Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One were launched. Even with its one year head start, the Wii U failed to meet sales expectations becoming the company’s worst-selling console. As of September 2016, Nintendo only sold 13.36 million units worldwide.
Back in November, Nintendo did confirm that production of the Wii U “will end in the near future.” With the Nintendo Switch slated to start shipping this March, the company will have to focus on the new generation console.
Fils-Aime added that Wii U games will continue to be sold through retailers and the Nintendo eShop. As for providing support for the Wii U’s online services, the executive says that Nintendo hasn’t started discussing its discontinuation just yet. He pointed out that online activity for games like “Mario Kart” and “Splatoon” is still doing well and that’s exactly why they’ll continue to support that.
With “Breath of the Wild” confirmed as the last game developed by Nintendo for the Wii U, Shigeru Miyamoto’s “Project Giant Robot” won’t be made available for the console. The game was first announced as an experimental project back in 2014 and was listed as having a “TBD” release date for the Wii U, according to IGN.
“Project Giant Robot” would have let players use the Wii U GamePad’s accelerometer and gyroscope to build and control robots. Miyamoto admitted back in March of last year that the game started out as a second project and that they were undecided on whether they should turn it into a full game.