Wii U official repairs ceased in Japan
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Wii U Repairs Are No Longer Available Formally in Japan

Nintendo has stopped accepting official repairs for the Wii U in Japan. The company found out on July 3, 2024, that it had run out of spare parts to repair the legacy consoles. It has thus added the Wii U to the official list of consoles that already had their repairs completely discontinued.

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The company made the confirmation via a follow-up tweet to the initial announcement in May 2023. The Japanese tweet is available to read right below:

Besides the Wii U, Nintendo is also gradually phasing out repairs for the 3DS family of consoles. The company has already stopped accepting repairs for the original 3DS and its LL/XL variant. In February 2024, it started the countdown for the spare parts for the New 3DS, its LL/XL variant, and 2DS to run out. Only the New 2DS LL/XL is still serviceable for the foreseeable future.

The cessation of official repairs for the Wii U in Japan marked a total closure to the saga of the Wii’s direct successor. Nintendo launched the console first in the West in November 2012, with Japan following suit the month after in December 2012. The company stopped production of the console at the end of January 2017. It had also completely shut down all online functions of the console in April 2024, after previously closing the eShop in March 2023.

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Kite is a Japanese translator and avid gamer from Indonesia, Southeast Asia who learned the language mostly by playing Japanese games from the PS1 era. He primarily translates news about Japanese games and anime straight from Japan. After initially starting with a focus on Dynasty Warriors communities from the mid-2000s, he eventually joined Siliconera in 2020. Other than Dynasty Warriors, Kite is also a big fan of Ace Combat and other games featuring mechs, especially Gundam.