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    [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.
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    Doubt it... Febuary is too close...

    EDIT: Maybe around June/July...
    Last edited by 2Hack; 01-16-2012 at 10:22 AM.

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    Amazon.com has it listed now (not for pre-order) to be notified when it comes up for pre-order. I signed up (but really dislike Amazon for how they handled the Wikileaks fiasco).

    Would be prudent to get one of the first few and never update it... lol (see PS3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by painless View Post
    Amazon.com has it listed now (not for pre-order) to be notified when it comes up for pre-order. I signed up (but really dislike Amazon for how they handled the Wikileaks fiasco).

    Would be prudent to get one of the first few and never update it... lol (see PS3)
    That could be good and could be bad as some updates patch and fix errors and bugs that occur..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shift_Lock
    That could be good and could be bad as some updates patch and fix errors and bugs that occur..
    I wonder if Gamestop has any Info?

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    Yeah that might be worth looking into.

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    I doubt it. There's been no advertisements or marketing of any sort.



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    I think nintendo will release it either in June-July or November-December. This is because those are the peak sale times and nintendo tends to release stuff at the best times

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    expected to be released in the second half of 2012
    It's on Wikipedia so it must be true. Right?

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    Yeah it will probably be released later on.

    Besides, that gives nintendo another chance to show it off at E3!

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