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access_time August 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM in Nintendo by Andrew Kent

Wii-U Release Date Outed At GameStop Conference?

Nintendo has been very quiet about the release date of their new console the Wii-U, only giving us a vague “Holiday 2012” in the interim. It seems that ,despite their “mum’s the word” attitude, everyone and their mother is accidentally blabbing their mouths about the release date of the Wii-U console. Recently a Burger King employee mentioned that they would be getting Wii-U toys starting the 25th of October, but something more solid (or not) has come out the proverbial pipes.

According to Destructoid a NeoGAF user attended the GameStop convention in San Antonio, Texas. Not only did he attend the convention but overheard a representative from accessory maker PDP, at a manager’s conference, spill the beans on the release date. This time the date is alleged to be November 18th and PDP has issued a statement that they said no such thing. The Senior VP of sales and marketing of PDP, William Otte also released this statement:

Performance Designed Products (“PDP”) is aware of recent rumors posted alleging that PDP inadvertently “leaked” the official release date of the upcoming Nintendo Wii U gaming system during a trade presentation earlier today. To be clear, PDP has no knowledge whatsoever of the official Wii U release date, and thus it is not possible for PDP to have “leaked” this information.

During PDP’s presentation of our fall line of gaming accessories to customers at a trade event, we stated that our Wii U accessories would be available at launch. Much later in the presentation we showed our Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 accessories for the Wii and confirmed that the Wii accessories will be in stores by the game’s November 18 launch date. Connecting the Wii U launch and Epic Mickey 2 peripheral launch dates is inaccurate and false. PDP has no knowledge whether this is the official Wii U release date or not.

So this could be a misunderstanding and it could also have some hint of truth to it. Either or you had to be there to really know what happened. Also, either or, Nintendo should have announced pricing and a release date for the Wii-U at E3. Nuff’ said.


  • Ramon Aranda August 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    That date sounds good to me….make it happy Ninty!

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