So all around social media, people were making eulogies to the Wii U. A select few annoying people were crying over about it on Miiverse. Why? Because some irresponsible “journalists” at Eurogamer claimed “The final Wii U will roll off production line this week”, citing anonymous sources. (This week being November 4.) One of those sources is apparently perpetual-leaker Emily Rogers, with her own anonymous sources, who tweeted this and then immediately shared Eurogamer's article:
|Fraudulent Rogers doesn't pass as an “official source” folks, and it doesn't matter if she's sometimes correct.|
Nintendo in Eurogamer's article “declined to comment when contacted about this article.”
This all sounds so familiar... oh, right. Because the media widely reported this exact same story back in March! That was when we singled out international financial news source Reuters as being a dishonest outfit of information. Reuters spread a Nikkei report, which was debunked ALMOST immediately by Nintendo. Then they never corrected their readers with the facts.
Nintendo said back then that Wii U production would continue for an undetermined amount of time past March 2017 (which happens to be after the Switch is launched).
This time, Nintendo said the exact same thing through a spokesperson, stating that there is no change to the production schedule [from the last time they made a statement about it back in March], and Wii U production will continue after the Nintendo Switch is launched. Kimishima himself believes it could end around March 2018.
So... that's it. End-of-story.
How did I instinctively know this story was garbage? Well, Nintendo literally just had a semi-annual Presentation by the President, and Tatsumi Kimishima discussed the Wii U. He mentioned significantly less demand and less production, but not zero production. Don't you think that'd be something important you'd want to mention to your big investors?
|You produce to demand, so you'll produce less and less Wii Us until it's no longer profitable to make any.|
This is the state of how gullible people are right now. People really need to wise up, and fast. Stop believing everything you read. Apply scrutiny to your sources. Remember, in today's day and age, the media is not there to be unbiased and give you the actual truth. They're there to promote their narrative through any means necessary, even outright lying to you.
And, believe me, news like this can affect the financial markets. That can affect people's investments, including old dudes’ retirement accounts, or whatever. Reporting false information and passing it as fact can have enormous impact on that sort of thing, and it also SHOULD decimate the trust — if people learn — that people have with the press. And then there are people who interpreted the news as “Nintendo will end all Wii U-related services, including the Nintendo Network.” Cue flashbacks to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
It doesn't matter whether it's the gaming media, the political media, the mainstream media... Do not trust the press, no matter who they are. It's sad I have to write that, but I have no choice. The media is totally corrupt and sleazy. We need to just start over.
Ludwig just did what he should've done a long time ago, which is put Emily Rogers and Eurogamer in KoopaTV's shit-list of information sources. Ludwig actually gets really angry about this subject, especially because he spends a lot of time and effort on KoopaTV trying to get the facts correct and present people with the truth (with levity), while trashy sources get a lot more attention on the Internet with their falsehoods and distortions. Share KoopaTV to your friends to give this site, and the truth, the attention it deserves!
Just last week, Ludwig wrote an article calling gaming journalists stupid for their news coverage of the Nintendo Switch.