Wii U box art revealed

[UPDATE] Retailers Amazon, Target, and Best Buy offer first look at packaging for upcoming Wii U software; Nintendo confirms design.

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The Wii U's software box design, at least according to several retailers, has been revealed. Retailers Amazon, Target, and Best Buy have updated their listings for several Wii U games to show what gamers can expect to see on store shelves when the console hits this holiday season.

Is this what Wii U games will look like?

The art design (at right) includes a blue and white Wii U logo on the top of the box. This is set on top of a convex blue background, which is very similar to that of the GameCube. A Nintendo Network logo is also shown on the box.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Nintendo representative confirmed the leaked Wii U box designs in a statement sent to GameSpot.

“Nintendo has finalized the design of the Wii U game box art, and many of our publishing partners have already incorporated it into their own game packaging," reads a line from the statement. "We are seeing those game packages online as retailers are starting to showcase their games. For details about a specific game’s artwork, please contact the game’s publisher. Nintendo-published game boxes will appear shortly with placeholder logos, and then ultimately with the final artwork for each game.”

As for the Wii U, Nintendo's first high-definition console is due out worldwide this holiday season. No price or release date for the console has been revealed, though Nintendo said the price will be "reasonable," and according to Toki Tori 2 developer Two Tribes, the system will "probably" ship this November.

Though Nintendo believes the Wii U is "important for the world," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter is less than enthused about the console, saying the Wii U "isn't going to work."

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