Nintendo announces a moratorium on Wii U repairs, ending hardware support for two gen games IG News

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The end of the repair service makes the hardware necessary to play not only Wii U games, but also Wii ones without first-party support,

Six years have passed since the Switch’s release, it seems like every other week there’s a rumor that we’re just days away nintendo Unveiling a new system. None of that speculation has died down yet, but what Nintendo Japan has announced is that the end is officially coming for one of its other consoles, wii u,

The Wii U hit store shelves in late 2012, and production ended completely after four years in January of 2017. That’s a very young age for modern video game hardware. By comparison, the Wii U’s predecessor, the Wii, was in production for almost twice as long, about seven years. Wii U’s rapid exit from the market means Nintendo has already reached the end of its legal obligations to stock replacement parts and offer repair services for hardware and its Wii U GamePad, Because of that, Nintendo of Japan posted an announcement on its website and via its official Twitter account. Once the current supply of replacement parts is exhausted, it will stop offering repair services for the Wii U.,

In its statement, Nintendo acknowledged that the nature of the moratorium means that it is Unable to supply consumers with an exact date on which repair services will cease, and apologize while asking for their understanding on the matter. Apparently, however, Nintendo could have chosen to discontinue Wii U repair services as soon as all produced units were out of their warranty period, therefore continuing the program until all of its existing repair parts were used up. and are legally required to do what they are doing.

Nintendo, apparently, isn’t the only video game company to finally sunset post-sales support for its previous generation of hardware. There is one unique and inconvenient wrinkle, however, as Nintendo is less likely than rivals Sony or Microsoft to offer for sale digital versions of previous-generation games on their latest consoles. Another point to consider for retro game fans and historians is that the Wii U is backward-compatible with the Wii, but the Switch is not backward-compatible., So really, the end of repair service for the Wii U means the end of repair service for the hardware that’s required two entire generations of Nintendo software to play physical-copy games.

So for gamers with a Wii U or GamePad that’s in less-than-optimal condition, now’s the time to get it fixed, and hopefully experience some of the amazing customer service from Nintendo’s repair department.

Source: Nintendo via IT Media
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