Wii U launching for Black Friday?

GameStop source says new console to ship in time for popular US shopping season; other sources suggest console delayed in Europe to December due to manufacturing issues.

The Wii U may be on store shelves the week of the Black Friday shopping period in the United States, a new GoNintendo report suggests. The site references a GameStop employee's account, which also indicates that Wii U preorders will open sometime next week.

A launch during Black Friday shopping madness could boost sales.

Black Friday is the colloquial term for the day after Thanksgiving. It typically signals the beginning of the holiday season shopping period and has historically been a boon for Nintendo, among others. This year, Black Friday falls on November 23.

Last year, sales of the 3DS during the week of Black Friday surged 49 percent week-over-week. Nintendo software also benefited from launching during the popular shopping week, with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword becoming the fastest-selling installment in the role-playing game series to date after its launch November 20 for the Wii.

A November release date for the Wii U falls in line with what Toki Tori 2 developer Two Tribes said earlier this year, slating the console to "probably" arrive in November.

Separately, people reportedly familiar with the matter have told CVG that the Wii U will launch across Europe in December, missing a previously projected November date. The sources said manufacturing issues with the Wii U GamePad are the reason the system has reportedly been delayed.

As of press time, Nintendo had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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176 comments
LordWaffleKing
LordWaffleKing

If it's on sale Black Friday, I'm gonna be going to GameStop in riot gear and bashing my way to first in line.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

So many better things to waste your money on than another current gen console with nothing innovative to add.

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

The Wii U......launching, on Black Friday.

 

This won't end well.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If the WiiU launches on Black Friday...that is gonna be uuuuugly! Crowds are already crazy enough on that day and the weekend that follows it.

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

I may wait but only because I want a black Wii U and don't want to get stuck with the white one as it happened with my launch day Wii

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If Nintendo gets it out for $350 or less, shipping with more content than WiiSports...

Henninger
Henninger

I'm glad i'll get emailed when i can preorder the system. The line 4 this system is gonna b crazy.

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

Sorry Nintendo.

 

I'll be spending my $$ on an iPhone 5 or Samsung S III.

XxppxX3
XxppxX3

Till black Friday I'm going to buy the new IPad !!! No that shit

DynaSuarez
DynaSuarez

In this article, Gamespot said that GoNintendo said that some dude from New Jersey said that an unknown source said that a Gamestop employee said that the WiiU will be launched on Black Friday. Seems legit.

Tamarisk_green
Tamarisk_green

Haven't they got something wrong? I am sure LoZ are termed Action Adventure games, so why and how are they calling them role-playing?

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Id rather the American version was delayed if it meant Pandora's Tower would be released in North America.

EzcapeTheFate
EzcapeTheFate

They should just package it into a box of cereal as the prize.

Triton
Triton

Another reason I'm glad I work that day and don't go out to eat for lunch, its already a crazy day why add to it.

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

Anyone wondering at the reference to the LofZ as an RPG series? It is an action adventure series. Always has been.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

A Black Friday release would be chaotic and would cause violence around it in many places.Not a smart move if this is what they are planning on.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Yes it releases a day after my b'day(hopefully)

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

i'll just save the money and wait for a price cut.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

A Black Friday release would be weird..... No getting up early to get in line that day!

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Yeah I expect it will launch the Sunday before Black Friday or the one before that.

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

i can see the news reports now. "Wii U Black Friday Massacre: 34 dead in Chicago"

okami5436
okami5436

Haven't gotten a Nintendo console since the GameCube but I've been missing the great Nintendo classics! Maybe I'll give the Wii-U a shot.

Dimebag_Darrell
Dimebag_Darrell

Release a new console the week of the biggest and most deadly sales day of the year... Yeah, that's a great idea. Unlike other years where people trample each other over discounted TV's this year parents and grandparents will go head to with Gamers DBZ-style to get Wii U bundles. I'm DEFINITELY carrying a tazer this year when I hit up Gamestop and Best Buy. Only way to survive an L.A. black Friday if Nintendo plans to release a console during this mess.

unbeatable100
unbeatable100

They said it would be available for black friday, that means it would launch the sunday before, November 18, the day they always launch new consoles on

Lynn_Kyle
Lynn_Kyle

I hope it does launch then. I'd rather not have to wait 'til Christmas.

KeeseKiller7
KeeseKiller7

I really doubt they would launch the system on Black Friday. For one thing, Black Friday is a sales day. They can't open with a sale. It also would be a terrible convenience. It's hard enough to find new systems on launch day sometimes (depending on where you live). On Black Friday, I wouldn't even try.

emperiox
emperiox

I guarantee nobody will buy the Wii-U, especially on Black Friday because the Wii-U is a piece of crap and Nintendo sucks. I also guarantee that nobody will fight over the Wii-U on Black Friday because nobody wants it.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a store on Black Friday, but that's me.  A console release on top of all the other stupidity?  Who wants to bet someone gets maced for a WiiU?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I can't imagine the lines for this, on top of the people going crazy for the sales 

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I jumped on the Wii and regretted it... though in the long run I eventually found some great games.

 

I'll probably just watch this one from afar and see what comes of it.

craigprime
craigprime

We had 2 people die on Black Friday last year in my city. Death by crazy stampede into Target. This is not going to help matters. Ah, whatever, I'm still going to try for it anyway. Hope they start those pre-orders soon.

jayd02
jayd02

I will start working out now.  I need to be ready to drop elbows if need be in order to get it.

SolidTy
SolidTy

This would be terrible if true. I remember the 360 coming out days before and that was a nightmare for retailers and consumers.I would much rather the ONLY crowd I'm dealing with would be the gamers, not everyone battling for everything.

nini200
nini200

Day One Purchase. 

 

I'm setting aside my money as of last month :D

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Who cares? Nothing exciting about the next Nintendo gimmick.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

 @Tamarisk_green I hate it when people call The Legend of Zelda games a role-playing series. I don't see health bars and hp flying out of enemies heads in numbers. I don't see skill trees or attribute points. All I see is a simple scheme masterfully executed in Action Adventure.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @bongsyas_23 You do realize this is Nintendo we're talking about, not Sony or Microsoft. The home consoles they launch is almost always in prime shape and usually takes up to 2 years before a price cut.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

 @FinalKloud 

A mysterious man dressed as iconic plumber Mario was arrested hours ago after shouting 'MAMA MIA' and firing off several rounds from dual handguns into a crowd anticipating the release of the Wii-U.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Dimebag_Darrell 

Most likely not going to happen, they released the Wii about 2 weeks before Black Friday and I'm sure that's what they're going to do again.

comb5
comb5

 @KeeseKiller7 I think you misunderstood. He's saying that it will probably launch "in time" for Black Friday.

servb0ts
servb0ts

 @emperiox

 LMFAO for someone talking bad about "Nintendo, you sure seem proud rocking Nintendo GBA Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Juste Belmont Avatar. Way to support your Anti-Nintendo Spirit Champ.

comb5
comb5

 @emperiox lol. You sound like a five year old whining about something he doesn't like.

servb0ts
servb0ts

 @Xplode_77

 Health bar = hearts in Zelda games., kill enemies get hearts.

skill tree ifs upgrading weapons and getting  better armor.

you play the role of a hero. cast spells with a magic bar, collect money buy beter equipment.

 

A lot of people like to half/ass look at Zelda and be like yeah if an Action Adventure. than some say Demon's Souls and Dark Souls aren't JRPG, Hell theymade from the same creators that made PS1 King's Field Series in japan. and this was on Psone way before WRPG even existed. :P

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @comb5  @emperiox He must be a new Michael Patcher intern. Every gaming professional / "analyst" and their mother thought the Wii wouldn't sell and it sold > 90 million units. I am not saying that the Wii U will repeat it's success, but to discount it automatically is laughable. Look at Sega Dreamcast - unbeatable hardware and controller at the time and it barely sold. Can't underestimate that a lot of kids want an iPad nowadays. Well the Wii U is a console and a tablet. That's almost like a 2 in 1 for parents.