It is going to get harder to find Wii U consoles going forward.

According to Eurogamer, Nintendo is rolling out the last units of their eighth generation console this Friday Nov. 4, with Monday being the last day to place any others by retailers.

Following its launch in November of 2012, the Wii U has consistently slowed in sales, with lifetime numbers at 13.36m as of this September. In contrast, the Wii sold 101 million while the GameCube sold 21 million.

A Nintendo spokesperson is quoted on Japan’s IT Media denying the claims, saying that Wii U production is “scheduled to continue,” as translated by Kotaku.

Support for the Wii U has dwindled in the past year, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being pushed back until March 2017 to coincide with the launch of Nintendo’s next console, The Switch.

The four year lifespan for the Wii U is slightly lower than average for a Nintendo system. The Wii lasted over six years, mostly due to longer cycles as a cause of the recession, while the Gamecube and Nintendo 64 were around for five years before the newer system came out.

Still, with the Switch four months away, the final days of the Wii U might be a bit quieter than Nintendo, and its fans, would have hoped.

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