Finally, Nintendo About To Unveil Wii U Release Date and Price

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September 13, 2012, is when Nintendo will be holding an event in New York City for the press. While Nintendo didn’t specify the content, we’re probably going to get details on the launch date and/or pricing.

If you’re anticipating Wii U, then it may be good news to hear that Nintendo is holding a conference in New York Spetember 13

Nintendo probably should have announced the launch date and pricing of Wii U, its next-generation gaming console, at E3 2012 (at least in the eyes of attendees and watchers). It didn’t, though an event happening September 13, 2012 could reveal the details.

That’s because Nintendo is sending out invites to media announcing the September event, in New York City, and it’ll be hosted by Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime. Nintendo simply describe the event as revealing how Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment. So is Nintendo suggesting the future of gaming and entertainment was set before the announcement of Wii U?

Anyway, that’s what Nintendo officially says is happening at the event. However, Nintendo’s history in New York is announcing pricing and launch details of upcoming consoles. Take the Nintendo 3DS for example: a January 2011 event revealed the pricing and launch details, along with playable titles, and it launched March 2011. Two months after September is November, widely expected to be the launch date for Wii U.

The Wii’s titles were also playable at the event, Kotaku reported, so the precedence is there. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo revealed additional titles, along with the launch date and price, for the press to play.

Speculation surfaced at E3 2012 that Nintendo didn’t announce a price because it wanted to gauge the reaction from the press. So with the lukewarm reaction, I’m going to say Nintendo will aim for $279. As for when Wii U will launch, November is a very safe bet. Only Wii and SNES of Nintendo’s consoles launched in November, the former launching November 19, 2006 in North America. That was a Monday, so I’m going to say Nintendo will launch on a Monday this time around.

Published: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 Last Modified: August 23, 2012

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