The Wii U's release date may have been exposed. A presentation today at the GameStop managers conference by accessory maker PDP allegedly slipped a November 18 release date for the console, Kotaku reports. A corroborating report is hosted on NeoGAF.
According to the source, "[PDP] changed the subject real quickly once they realized what they said." A PDP representative issued a statement to Kotaku, which neither confirms nor denies the report.
"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 this point," reads a line from the statement. "We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn't mean a confirmation on the hardware. If you seek confirmation on the date that is something that is going to need to go specifically though Nintendo, but we can't confirm or deny dates on any of their hardware."
A Nintendo representative told GameSpot, '"We have nothing to announce at this time."
Nintendo is holding a Wii U-themed event in New York City on September 13. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will present that day on "how the Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment."
A November 18 launch date for the Wii U falls in line with previous reports. Toki Tori 2 developer Two Tribes had previously said a November launch date for the console was probable, with the more recent scuttlebutt suggesting a launch during the week of the United States' Thanksgiving holiday and the Black Friday shopping frenzy.