Report: Has Wii U's release date been leaked early?
It has been speculated that Nintendo's upcoming press event, which will take place in New York on September 13, is where the launch date for the Wii U will be officially revealed. But now it looks like the date may have been leaked early. How, you may ask? Well…
At a presentation at a GameStop managers' conference in Texas yesterday, a representative for peripheral-maker PDP made an alarming faux pas. After discussing the company's fall lineup, the rep closed by saying that the peripherals will launch ahead of the Wii U's November 18 launch date. Kotaku reports that this was reported by an anonymous attendee, who said that "They changed the subject real quickly once they realized what they said."
Guess we can file this one away under "D'oh!" Or can we?
Considering the situation, PDP was quick to address the situation. According to William Otte, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, the goof was actually a misunderstanding, saying that the rep was actually talking about the release of accessories for the Wii version of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which happens to be releasing on November 18.
Kotaku's source confirmed that mention was made of the accessories, but maintains their claim regarding what the rep said about Wii U's release date, saying that it caused a buzz discussion afterwards.
Nintendo has declined to comment on the matter, saying "We have nothing to announce at this time." It's likely that the Big N's just waiting until the press event next month to reveal anything. It's also possible that November 18 may very well be the Wii U's actual release date, as Nintendo launched its last two consoles, the GameCube and the Wii, on or around that date. We'll just have to wait and see.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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