Oh sure, they might have denied the initial reports, but Nintendo have now confirmed that production of Wii U hardware is starting to end. In a posting on they’re Japanese website, Wii U listings now say “production coming to an end soon (in Japan).”
Following this up with Nintendo of America, Ars Technica received the following statement:
As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing.
We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.
With the recent reveal of the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U’s generally disappointing sales performance, it looks like Nintendo are making that transition in order to focus almost purely on the newer console.