Nintendo Japan announced that it will no longer repair Wii U systems or peripherals as soon as it runs out of its current inventory of parts. This is because that the warranty for the repair parts expired. Nintendo stated via its Japanese website that while this may be a hassle for its customers, it hopes that they will understand.
The Wii U first came out on December 8, 2012 and sold over 13.56 million units throughout its lifetime. This makes it the worst-selling Nintendo console since 2005. In comparison, here are the numbers for other consoles that came out (using information from March 2023);
- 3DS: 75.94 million units
- DS: 154.02 million units
- Switch: 125.62 million units
- Wii: 101.63 million units
This information is from the Japanese Nintendo site so it likely only takes into account data from Japan.
Nintendo warns customers that those who are thinking about sending in their Wii U and accessories for repairs should do so fast. It will shut down the repair service but only after it runs out of existing parts. You can also contact Nintendo Support to inquire in their inventory. However, it only accepts questions in Japanese.
Nintendo of Japan will no longer accept Wii U or Wii U peripherals sent in for repairs when it runs out of its current stock of parts. It’s unclear when that will be since it depends on how many people still want to fix their Wii U or peripherals.