You Won't Know The Wii U's Price Or Release Date Until 2012

Nintendo might have shown the Wii U off at this year's E3, but that doesn't mean the console is gearing up towards a launch in early 2012.

All we know for now is Nintendo plans to release the Wii U sometime after April 1, 2012. With declining Wii and DS sales and the lacklustre performance of the 3DS to date, most had assumed that would mean the Wii U would be out not long after April 1.

But Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has since said "Since the Wii U we showed you at the E3 show in June was still in the development phase without very specific proposals on the software titles, we are going to announce the release date and the price next year when we are able to explain the specific proposals."

If Nintendo isn't even announcing dates and prices until 2012, it certainly seems a Spring launch would be pushing it; maybe we should all expect a Summer release instead. Give all that software that's "without very specific proposals" time to turn into "video games we enjoy playing".

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    I never expected it to be out April? I always thought it would be out between June and October at the latest. I think once they have enough cannon fodder they will show off more of the Wii-U.

    I doubt Nintendo want a repeat of E3, im sure once everything is finalized they will come out guns blazing.

    Presumably they don't want to risk releasing the console without a solid line up of launch titles in fear of it suffering like the 3DS.

    They won't be able to get away with the "rolling launch line up" premise again.

    This smells a little of "back to the drawing board, people are critical of Wii U the way it is now".
    Which I hope is the case, Wii U looks promising but Nintendo needs to address some of the concerns raised about it ie. single controller only

    with the poll results in Fashimitsu recently they really need to go back to the drawing board. The amount of people in their best selling country that want it is almost on par with the people that dont want it, which isnt really good considering the only factors left to get a big swing are price.

    Christmas 2012 was always my bet, with another polished show at the next E3 to whet the appetite.

    It just seems like another gimmick to me. Consoles are supposed to be about the games, not the hardware. Come up with some awesome new game ideas, then develop hardware to suit. Don't come up with a hardware design, then figure out how to make good games using that hardware.... or more likely, figure out how to make another Mario/DK/Smash Bros/Mario Kart game which utilizes the new hardware.

    And the name, change the name. Wii was bad enough, but Wii U? Please....

      Thats nonsense. New hardware allows new and different ways to play. If the hardware is just simply about graphics updates it just wont work for Nintendo, just look at the N64 and Gamecube, see how well that turned out for Nintendo.

      Secondly why should they do things the same, its because they did things different that they became so successful.

      Gimmicks usually die after the wow factor disappears. Has the Wii's motion control disappeared? No, all consoles have it and the next Wii, the Wii U has it. Its pretty much standard on phones and even hand held consoles. So no its pretty much a standard now. The people that use that term to describe what the Wii really started really are in denial.

      The Wii U hasnt really showed off what games will look or play like, so of course people wont know what to expect, there are more questions then answers, when the real software comes out then people can get a real taste of what the Wii U has to offer, until then we can only speculate.

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