[Rumor] Wii U to release in North America in February?
This morning, GameDynamo received an e-mail which points to an earlier-than-expected release of Nintendo's Wii U.
In a conversation with an independent WiiWare developer about the company's upcoming development schedule, it was revealed that Wii U could be at American retail outlets by the beginning of February 2012. Here is what our source said:
"Around the end of the month or beginning of February, possibly around the same time as the Wii U comes out, we'll release the demo for the U.S. (the latest WiiWare games are compatible with the new Wii)."
That's a pretty loaded statement if it's 100% accurate, as it confirms the console's release guidance, the compatibility of the most recent WiiWare games, and that demos will be a more integral part of the platform's online marketing strategy.
At CES 2012, Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime made it clear that a major information drop concerning the console would be made public pre-E3 (before June 2012), but an impending launch certainly didn't seem to be in the cards.
While we can't reveal our source's identity, we do rate it as a bona fide font of information. That being said, GameDynamo readers will know just how skeptical we are of "news" pieces that cite "unnamed sources", so take this revelation with a slab of salt.
Moreover, it seems highly unlikely that Nintendo would just spring a console launch on the market. After all, convention would dictate a lengthy period of time to market and prepare the console for release. Further, launching a system without must-have software is a very dangerous propostition, and as far as we know, first- and third-party titles are deep in development but not through QA.
If Wii U does launch in February, we can consider this a major coup for Nintendo and third-party software developers and publishers; keeping a console launch so hush-hush is a monumental task.