Wii U launch set for November 18 - Report

Nintendo-focused outlet cites Japanese retailer memo with global release dates for tablet-based console.

The Wii U will hit shelves at the height of the holiday season, according to a report from Wii U Daily.

Nintendo is reportedly readying the Wii for a mid-November launch.

The Nintendo-focused site is crediting an internal e-mail circulating among staffers at Japanese retailer Media Land with the news that the Wii U will debut in North America on Sunday, November 18. The report indicates that the following week will see the system arrive on shelves in Japan.

Nintendo announced a holiday release window for the Wii U in January. The new tablet-based console has been confirmed to launch in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia before the year is out.

As of press time, a Nintendo representative had not returned GameSpot's request for comment.

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SolidTy
SolidTy

So, this date ended up being real....Pretty damn impressive.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

as stupid as this Wii U probably is my son's ma and him probably want one and so I ask what is the damage for this supposed to be ?

psycho75
psycho75

Just give me a decent Metroid and i'll buy this piece of hardware with a smile in my face.

BoabDreeps
BoabDreeps

Marvellous! Dancing and keep fit games in HD!!! The fat chicks are piling on the pounds in anticipation.

craigprime
craigprime

Nintendo has put an awkward distance (release date-wise) between themselves and the other next-gen consoles. Looks like the graphics will once again be fairly behind its competitors. I don't mind, though. As long as the Wii U will get some long missing sequels.(Star Fox, anyone?)

kb8618
kb8618

i was thinking of buying a few to resell, but seeing as only 100 people bothered to comment, most of the negative with more thumbs up, im starting to think it wont fly off the shelves like the wii did

THMBZDownGNZUp
THMBZDownGNZUp

I hope Nintendo will release a new Pokémon Snap for the Wii U! It would be cool to use the tablet controller to take pics of the Pokemon on-screen. It would feel more interactive.

Dezuria
Dezuria

Wow, Nintendo fanboys are down-rating every negative comment until they get hidden. Sorry boys, you can try to hide the truth, but it won't change it.

bronygamer
bronygamer

awww man that means ill have to wait so long to get one cause i was gonna ask for it for Christmas great...

Vickman178
Vickman178

This is exciting! I can't want to see what games they announce at E3!!! Also why are people complaining that it comes out on a sunday?Seriously? Most people don't work on sundays...Meaning more people can go out and buy it... Well anyways.. You can always trust Nintendo for reliable and fun hardware.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

Nintendo always going the right direction. Their innovative technology and their slow pace in graphics is a sure way to save money and enjoy rather entertaining games. However in my opinion (i have all 3 systems) ps3 and xbox jumped to far ahead to fast, leave the gamers grasping for better graphics in the next generation. Having better graphics means more money!! in 7 years after the next gen consoles come out the systems will be selling for 1000 dollars. Good job Nintendo keep your slow pace on graphics up!!! keep us entertained!!

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

I've been missing out a little on Nintendo news, but is the console catching up to this gen or is it representing the leap to the next one? If it's the former, then they are really far behind on the competition... if it's the latter, then I am seriously considering saving up...

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

If they announce a next gen f-zero, or a next gen Starfox, I will tear off my shirt and say "TAKE ME NINTENDO.....TAKE ME..."

King-gamer
King-gamer

Seems like a realistic date to me. Now where's that console F-Zero Nintendo? It's 8 years since the last one on GAMECUBE. Now, give me F-Zero, with a 30/40 players multiplayer racing modes and it will be instant buy. And no, I don't need another Mario Kart. I had enough of those item racing games. Thanks.

Triton
Triton

Good luck big N. First time I will not be purchasing a Launch day system. I think I will wait and see. On the positive side, I'm glad we have some separation with the next system launch days.

selbie
selbie

I still have a backlog of games for the Wii, so probably not a day 1 purchase. I'd rather wait and see what all these "amazing" third party titles are like before throwing more money at Nintendo.

KnightSkull
KnightSkull

@packtop The Wii was released in NA about 3 weeks before Japan so this wouldn't be the first time if true.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I'd be surprised to see it launched anywhere other than Japan first. That said I'm not too interested in it so will be waiting and seeing!

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

I might just pick this up if the blocked used games rumors for sony and MS are true.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

And on that day, the Wii will be a "godsend" just like the N64 and GameCube (two consoles that had similar negative reception in THEIR respective gens) before it. Even if it does come out this November, I'm going to wait and stick with my other consoles for a while (Wii, GameCube, N64, and PS2)

lilromeo0606
lilromeo0606

This may be the first, and most likely the only case where the console is the accessory to the controller...

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Always with Nintendo so I'm getting it for sure

kinghorn316
kinghorn316

Aliens colonial marines and assassins creed launch titles

packtop
packtop

Wait WII U will be released in NA before Japan ? I find that really hard to believe. Well if it really do happen it will be a first for Nintendo to released a new consoles/handheld in the NA before japan

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

they better have good games at launch or it will fail

DragonRift
DragonRift

@PHOENIXZERO What planet have you been on? Nintendo has used Sunday as a release day dozens of times. Don't like it? Just wait till the Tuesday after to buy it, and pretend THAT was the launch day. :| Who cares WHAT day? It's just nice to see a new console have an actual date for once.

BahamutZERO
BahamutZERO

Large bet they'll announce the price at E3

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Xplode_77 Where's my heart? Easy, Sega land. :P

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

they should launch on a business day. like normal people do. not that i whould know what that is.

BlackLense
BlackLense

@PHOENIXZERO I don't see anything wrong if it was Sunday...

gamerINchief
gamerINchief

someone mentioned price. which makes me wonder how much the controller contributes to this... can you imagine breaking one and having to replace it? that thing would probably cost about as much as the console itself when sold separately. maybe more : o

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Don't fail us Nintendo. And make sure the price is reasonable.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

hope this isn't true... i want it sooner.

armodillo17
armodillo17

@PHOENIXZERO Nintendo (almost) always launches things on Sundays. Not sure why, but they do.

PHOENIXZERO
PHOENIXZERO

November 18th is a Sunday... WTF launches on a Sunday, that's right NOTHING.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

wonder what the lineup is... i've only seen a couple of multiplats being made for it.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This should give Nintendo a 1 year head start on Sony and Microsoft. November 18th 2012. The Wii U has to bring it all to the table. $350.00 tops this must cost. $250.00 is the usual launch price of Nintendo systems. I will chance it with Nintendo this Christmas.

badiie05
badiie05

That took a while, they should have announced it at this years E3.

ministerkataoka
ministerkataoka

Anyone gonna get Ninja Gaiden 3 for their brand spanking new Wii U? I'm hoping for a Sigma version with all the weapons already included and an major tweaks to the gameplay.

Haasdude
Haasdude

"WHEN CAN I PREORDER!!!!!!!! I hope that I can transfer all of my virtual console games over, so I can get rid of this dust collector I have now." Really? If I bought a console that turned into a dust collector due to lack of support/decent games, I'd have serious reservations about buying it's successor.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@mjc0961 Nintendo does this in Japan as well, and they do so so that people aren't skipping school and work to pick up Nintendo's new machines and games.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@zaiwen It's confirmed to release THIS YEAR. Anyway, it sounds about right. Nintendo normally releases their consoles around November.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

@DrKill09 The Gamecube is my favorite console. The two Zelda games specifically made for the Gamecube were OUTSTANDING. Super Mario Sunshine, Resident Evil IV and remake, Paper Mario, Super FREAKING Smash Bros. Melee! Where is your heart? Also, contrary to popular belief, the controller is awesome.