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Report: Nintendo ending Wii U production later this year

Make way for Nintendo NX

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo will end production on its Wii U console sometime in 2016, according to a report from Japan's Nikkei. The console, which has sold poorly compared to its wildly successful predecessor, debuted in 2012.

According to Nikkei's report, Nintendo has already stopped manufacturing certain Wii U accessories. The outlet, which has a good record of reporting on Nintendo's unannounced plans, reports that while Wii U hardware is being discontinued, a launch of the company's next platform — codenamed NX — is not guaranteed this year.

Nintendo plans to unveil its next-generation console sometime in 2016. The company launched its first mobile app, Miitomo, last week.

Nintendo has sold more than 12.6 million Wii U consoles since 2012. Its previous home console, Wii, went on to sell more than 100 million units.

We've reached out to Nintendo for comment on the Nikkei's report and will update with any new information the company provides.

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