Nintendo Ceases Wii U Repairs Due to Parts Shortage in Japan

Nintendo Ceases Wii U Repairs Due to Parts Shortage in Japan

Nintendo has announced the cessation of repair services for its Wii U consoles and peripherals in Japan due to a shortage of replacement parts. This decision marks the end of official hardware support for the Wii U, following similar moves in other regions such as North America. As of July 3, 2024, Japanese owners of the console will need to seek third-party repair services for any issues.

This development follows a series of steps by Nintendo to wind down support for its older platforms. Earlier this year, the company shut down online servers for both the Wii U and 3DS, and in March 2023, it closed the digital storefronts for these consoles. The Wii U, which was launched in 2012 and succeeded by the Nintendo Switch in 2017, is known for its unique GamePad controller. Despite the discontinuation, players can still use functioning consoles for single-player games.

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