Worldwide launch for Wii U in 2012

Iwata confirms Japan, US, Europe, Australia to get console this year

Nintendo has confirmed that it will release the Wii U console by the end of the year in all major markets.

Speaking following the release of its latest financial results, president Satoru Iwata said the system will be available for the Christmas period in Japan, the US, Europe and Australia, reports Reuters.

The launch window is no surprise, with Nintendo stating last year it expected the new console to arrive in 2012, but it should offer some comfort to investors during a financial year in which the company is expecting to make a loss of 65 billion.

Revealed at E3 last year, the Wii U received a warm reception from press and the development community although many unknowns surround the project. This year Nintendo plans to showcase the final specs for the system in June.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
I Wii. Wii U?
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Wii care about this?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Wii do. It Wii change the way Wii play games.
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Wesley Williams Quality Assurance 6 years ago
Out in time for Christmas? I really hope that doesn't mean Q4. It was suggested last year it'd be out in the Spring. They'll have their work cut out competing against the likes of the iPad 3 and the imminent threat of an XBOX 3 in 2013, especially in the current climate. A lot is going to rest on the launch lineup, but I imagine they'll sell out the first run purely on the back of people thinking it'll be in short supply again like the Wii, with many buying to sell on eBay.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Wesley, I think ensuring a strong line up at launch is one of the reasons it won't be out in spring.
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Dominic Jakube Student 6 years ago
I don't know how official it is but the EB Games Australia (Gamestop) web site has a price of $600 Aussie dollars for the Wii U.This is twice the cheapest price I've seen the PS3 for and 4X the base 360.After the 3DS pricing debacle I think a lot of potienal purchasers will adopt a wait and see attitude if that price is correct.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Dominic, retailers always use a price place holder for consoles and games prior to official pricing and they always tend to overshoot the price because it's easier to refund people money when the pre-order a product than to bug them to pay more for undershooting a price.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd6 years ago
@ Dominic I guarantee you even Nintendo themselves doesn't have a finalized price point. It takes months of working through potential options, crunching numbers, and presenting to boards, and they while I'm sure they have a ballpark idea, it's nothing they've sent to any retailers.
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Zachary Green6 years ago
I'm honestly not that excited for the Wii U. Though I never even bought a Wii.

It just seems that Nintendo is forcing "innovations" towards us, first they had a genuinely cool idea with the DS Touch Screen and then the Motion Control for the Wii. Now they are out of ideas and decide to add a screen to the controller. I feel like they're could be soo much potential for a device like that. But because of their Market, general game selection, and audience I doubt it will appeal to myself or many "hardcore" gamers.
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Quaisha Thornton Founder & CEO, GameAvation, LLC6 years ago
@Zachary Green you don't know what you're talking about. Don't try to post about something you know nothing about because as you said you don't even have nor probably played, nor probably liked the Wii.

You said Nintendo seems to "force innovations". Really? How are they forcing innovations? I thought gaming was OPTIONAL? When did it become FORCED? also, when were consumers FORCED to by anything new from Nintendo?

Nintendo did and have cool ideas. Did anyone else besides Nintendo come out with a handheld gaming device that had a touch screen not to mention voice controls (you could blow into the mic for a Zelda Hourglass game to activate an ability)? No. Motion Controls from Nintendo SET THE STANDARD just like most things from Nintendo that Microsoft and Sony are riding high on.

Out of ideas? hahahhaha. The Wii U controller is an innovation in itself. Did you not see what it can do? You can transfer your game to your controller and walk out the room and still play! HELLO....can you make something better? Can Sony or Microsoft do that? Maybe the military...

Argh, why is this generation of Gamers so miserable? Remember the 70s-90s games wishing you could play with someone in another state? now it got here but all people can do is complain, complain, complain. Enjoy it or GTFO!
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