Nintendo Co Ltd's company logo is seen at their headquarters in Kyoto (Photo : Reuters)
On November 18th, look for the Wii U on store shelves.
According to a report by Kotaku, it appears that gaming accessory-maker PDP may have let the Wii U's launch date slip at a GameStop managers' conference. According to multiple attendees, PDP's spokesman announced that their products would be available before the Wii U's November 18th launch date.
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Nintendo responded to Kotaku's inquiry on the subject, stating "We have nothing to announce at this time."
When the site asked PDP community manager Candace Hinton, she said that "at this time we can't confirm Nintendo's dates and we don't know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that at this point. We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn't mean a confirmation on the hardware."
While nothing has been confirmed, we are likely to hear the official release date from Nintendo on September 13th, when Nintendo hosts a press event in New York City.
Kotaku explains that the last two times that Nintendo held such events, they were related to the launches of the 3DS and Wii, respectively.
This news is a breath of fresh air for gamers who have been anxiously anticipating such an announcement since before E3 2012.
Gaming press and financial analysts alike were greatly disappointed by Nintendo's secrecy during their E3 2012 press conference.
"Overall, we were disappointed with the Nintendo presentation, as many key questions about the Wii U remained unanswered, a year after the console's official introduction, and less than seven months before its scheduled release," said Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter.
Nintendo, who are targeting a wide mainstream audience, has yet to win over a number of hardcore gamers with its prior conferences. However, perhaps fresh information about the system's release will stir up excitement, now that we have something concrete to hold onto.