• RUMOR: Wii U Launch Date Leaked

                When is the Wii U coming out? A question that is surely on the minds of many Nintendo fans, and also one that may have possibly been answered.



                As reported by WiiUDaily, an e-mail memo sent out to staffers of a Japan retail store shows that the Wii U launch date is planned to occur on Sunday, November 18, 2012. This date is reported to be for North America, with the Japan launch date happening a week after. Nothing shown in regards to when the Wii U will launch in Europe.

                It's not an entirely random date either, and makes sense in some ways. We knew the Wii U was going to come out in 2012 somewhere. The Wii launched first in North America on November 19, 2006, which was also a Sunday. And then launched not long after in Japan and Europe. So there's a good chance this date can hold up.

                Nonetheless, there are still many unknowns regarding the Wii U, but you can be sure that as we near this 'possible' release date, we'll know the many answers soon enough.

                Source: WiiUDaily via Eurogamer
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                1. Crazybone126's Avatar
                  Crazybone126 -
                  It launched the 19th of November in 2006, I believe.
                1. tokoshi_x's Avatar
                  tokoshi_x -
                  Quote Originally Posted by Crazybone126 View Post
                  It launched the 19th of November in 2006, I believe.
                  Corrected. Had the Wii U rumored launch date and Wii launch date mixed up. Guess that's what I get for posting a news story a few minutes after I wake up. Thanks.
                1. Otacon305's Avatar
                  Otacon305 -
                  Just so no one has to click on the stupid link to see the date: Sunday, November 18, 2012.

                  I'm personally not very excited, and probably never will be about another Nintendo console again, until they decide to put on their big boy pants and get serious.
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  Aliens: Colonial Marines
                  Assassin's Creed III
                  Batman: Arkham City
                  Untitled Battlefield
                  Darksiders II
                  Untitled Dirt
                  Dragon Quest X: The Five Awakening Races Online
                  Untitled F1/Formula One
                  Killer Freaks from Outer Space
                  Lego City Stories
                  Metro: Last Light
                  Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
                  Pikmin 3
                  Project Cars
                  Project Nova
                  Untitled Rabbids
                  New Super Mario Bros. Mii
                  Untitled Super Smash Bros. sequel
                  Untitled Tekken
                  Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online
                  Untitled The Legend of Zelda
                  Your Shape Wii U

                  That's not serious enough for you? And E3 is still to come.
                1. Segitz's Avatar
                  Segitz -
                  Project CARS (at least on PC) looks fucking amazing... I just hope that it'll include a more than basic "exterior" besides the racing itself. Though I haven't really looked into it.

                  But also, looking at that list, it's quite a sad state currently... like all of these games here are sequels, except one or two titles. No wonder people get burned out with gaming^^
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  I agree that sequelitis is strong these days but it's to show that Nintendo are far more serious about serving the full range of gamers than they were with the Wii. Too many people expect the Wii U to just continue the same philosophy as Wii but as the list shows (with 10 M rated titles out of 22), that's not the case.

                  And I suspect we'll see more new IP's at E3. We already know Nintendo has several in the works (yes, new IPs from Nintendo) and Retro is snatching up big talent from everywhere so we'll get new games too.
                1. Crazybone126's Avatar
                  Crazybone126 -
                  Didn't people who recently left Sony go to Nintendo?
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  Quote Originally Posted by Crazybone126 View Post
                  Didn't people who recently left Sony go to Nintendo?
                  Nintendo and Retro did pick up people from Zipper Interactive and Naughty Dog.
                1. Crazybone126's Avatar
                  Crazybone126 -
                  It's too bad they aren't "serious...."
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  No, not serious at all. Also hiring people from Crytek and Vigil. Nothing serious.
                1. Segitz's Avatar
                  Segitz -
                  As some say "A product is more than its parts" or rather in this context... even if they were at <studio>, it doesn't it'll result in an equally amazing game... There are enough examples that prove this.
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  To be sure. But You don't bring in these people to clean your toilets either. Or if you're not serious at all, bring in nobody, hire no one, do nothing...

                  However, we are talking about them bringing on technology directors and hardware specialists. I'd say that's being pretty serious.
                1. Otacon305's Avatar
                  Otacon305 -
                  Look, I've been consistently disappointed by Nintendo for 2 console generations in a row now. Forgive me for being cautious about getting excited.
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  Cautious is one thing but you tend to be flippant regarding them. Even when it's a positive move, you go straight for the negative.
                1. Otacon305's Avatar
                  Otacon305 -
                  They've repeatedly reinforced my flippant attitude. I think the last straw was Twilight Princess. That was the last Nintendo thing that I bought into the hype of, and how wrong I was to do so. Maybe if this was 6 years ago, you'd have a point, but as it stands, Nintendo has actively cultivated this attitude of mine.
                1. Segitz's Avatar
                  Segitz -
                  I actually wanted to write some more in my last post, but I somehow forgot it^^ and now I don't know what I wanted to write anymore.
                1. Crazybone126's Avatar
                  Crazybone126 -
                  @Otacon You're like the only person I know of that doesn't like Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, and pretty much every other Nintendo game this gen. Personally, I think you're just being extremely nitpicky.

                  Example: You're hate for Mario Galaxy stems from Mario wearing a furry bee suit. Like, seriously? That bothers you? Are you comfortable with your sexuality, dude? If you ignore any of that arbitrary stuff, you'd realize Nintendo did exactly what the fans wanted with the Super Mario Galaxy series. People always wanted to see a Mario game with more of a story and they did just that and added an orchestral score. People didn't think the first Mario Galaxy was difficult enough, so they upped the ante for SMG2.

                  You hate those games so much, but honestly, I don't feel you've actually ever even played them. And a 10 minute playthrough does not count. You're like a dog barking at a stranger because it doesn't know who it is.
                1. Otacon305's Avatar
                  Otacon305 -
                  Of course I'm the only person you know who doesn't like those games. You're probably acquainted with a lot of other devoted-to-the-point-of-being-blind Nintendo followers, who happily accept the sub-par systems and mediocre games Nintendo shovels out. I used to be like that, about 10 years ago or so. I never even owned a non-Nintendo console until about 2003. But then I opened my eyes, and now I can no longer overlook the mistakes Nintendo not only continues to make, but actually strives to make. What's their excuse anytime someone asks why there's still text-based dialogue in Zelda games, rather than voice acting? Crap about Link being interpreted differently by different players and whatever. Well that's fine for Link, but what about all the other characters in the games? Why can't they be voiced? Bioshock 1& 2 both have silent protagonists and talking NPCs. They could even still have the dialogue captioned in text, to keep it more storybook-esque (another one of their excuses). That's how Fallout 3/NV did it. Maybe it's because of their inferior hardware? Well that's another shitty decision on their part, so they're still at fault.


                  My hate for Mario Galaxy does not stem from the bee suit, that's just one example of what I hate about it. I own Super Mario Galaxy. Played it for about 5-10 hours. I also own Twilight Princess. Played it for longer than that, and beat it. Don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  Quote Originally Posted by Otacon305 View Post
                  They could even still have the dialogue captioned in text, to keep it more storybook-esque (another one of their excuses). That's how Fallout 3/NV did it. Maybe it's because of their inferior hardware?
                  I was going to say out of your debate until I read that. Seriously? You think they keep Link and the other NPC's voice actor free because of the hardware limitations? I mean it's not like Nintendo didn't have voice acting as far back as the N64 or anything.
                1. Otacon305's Avatar
                  Otacon305 -
                  I said maybe that's a reason. I know I've heard other people offer that excuses while trying to defend them. Why don't you tell me what the reason is then, rather then telling me what it isn't?