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Report: Wii U to launch November 18, claims peripheral manufacturer

A slip of the tongue by an accessories rep at a GameStop managers conference has revealed that the Wii U will be coming November 18, according to two reports.

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Peripheral manufacturer PDP may have accidentally outed the release date of the Wii U. According to reports, a representative from the company told attendees of the GameStop Expo that the Wii U will be available November 18. The date would fall in line with Nintendo's history of releasing new hardware and big software titles prior to Black Friday, the busiest shopping day before the holidays.

The PDP rep was trying to make a point that the company's accessories for Wii U would be ready in time for the console's launch, a source told Kotaku. After he mentioned the date he quickly changed the subject. A poster on NeoGAF reported the same story.

Nintendo launched the original Wii on November 19th and the Gamecube on November 18th. The Nintendo 64 launched on August 20th.

The company is planning a Wii U event on September 13 in New York, where we expect to hear an official date then. We have reached out to Nintendo for comment, and will report if they actually confirm or deny anything.

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    August 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: Wii U to launch November 18, claims peripheral manufacturer.

    A slip of the tongue by an accessories rep at a GameStop managers conference has revealed that the Wii U will be coming November 18, according to two reports.

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      August 27, 2012 2:18 PM

      I remembered when the N64 was all of a sudden in stores in August back in what was that 94?! I remember it being very strange and surreal at the same time, it was surreal because it had been delayed a bunch of times and strange because August seems like a bad time to try to move a new console.

      For Wii U that date is in line with the gamecube the big N's big disaster of a system.... And IMO this kind of feels like the direction we might be going in for them. Can't wait to hear that price tag that they've been obviously holding back.

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        August 27, 2012 2:30 PM

        1996.

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          August 27, 2012 2:33 PM

          I think $1,996 is a bit much for the Wii U

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        August 27, 2012 2:38 PM

        Yah I'm surprised we still have no price or concrete specs on the hardware

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          August 27, 2012 5:56 PM

          Was the same with the Wii. We had no info until a couple of months before release.

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        August 27, 2012 2:39 PM

        The Gamecube was no "big disaster", and the release date is the same as the original Wii's (off by one day just due to difference in the years).

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        August 27, 2012 2:49 PM

        are there even like pics of the new games? or gameplay videos? anything really? other than those old e3 demos from 2 years ago?

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          August 27, 2012 3:02 PM

          Yes, actually. Last week I got to play it quite a bit at an event here in Austin. There is of course a real question about long-term third party support, but what I saw was pretty good, actually. Zombi U looks good in both single and multiplayer (and has a fun asymmetrical multiplayer), and will be a launch day purchase for me. Batman looked like a very solid port, Rayman looked basically as good as a 2D platformer like that can look, and the Nintendo games were fun for what they were - though the lack of a solid triple-A Mario, Zelda, or Metroid does hurt.

          But basically, yeah, it was fun, and I'll get one launch day. Between the (small handful, admittedly) original games like Zombi U and good versions of Batman, AC3, and ME3, I'll have at least half a dozen solid games for it in the launch window. Obviously long-term is still an open issue, but unless it comes out for way higher than $300 I can already tell I'll get my money's worth.

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          August 27, 2012 4:49 PM

          Were you in a cave completely shut off from the world this june? Nintendo revealed a bunch about the console and showed off a number of "launch window" games.

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        August 27, 2012 3:36 PM

        Yea I remember having a preorder and like 3 days early tits r us called and said it was ready. I almost creamed my pants.

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        August 27, 2012 4:25 PM

        Yeah man, you're totally right, it has literally the same date as the gamecube, the big N's big disaster of a system.

        If only they'd made the release date 1 day later, so the date would be the same as the Wii, the most profitable games console of all time.

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      August 27, 2012 4:31 PM

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