The last Metroid is in captivity
We all kind of assumed this, but now we have rock-hard information straight from Nintendo that it’s the case — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last first-party Wii U release.
Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime stated it rather plainly, saying, “From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.” Online services like Mario Kart and Splatoon will still be supported, but are expected to “sunset” after “quite some time in the future.” The fate of Project Giant Robot is still unknown — maybe it became Arms for the Switch?
Given that third parties have been revoking their Wii U ports left and right in favor of the Switch, and now Nintendo themselves have confirmed to be pulling out, expect the occasional indie eShop release a few times a month from March onward.