Rumor Patrol: Wii U Will Release in US on Black Friday; Europe in December

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Wii U Release Date Rumors

Gamers have been anxiously awaiting a new home console for years now, and according to a source at GoNintendo, the Wii U might be making its way to US store shelves on Black Friday, November 23rd of this fall.

The source appears to be a GameStop employee in New Jersey who claims that not only is Nintendo‘s next console releasing on the busiest shopping day of the year, but preorders for the Wii U will start as early as next week. Plus, we have already seen what might be the cover art and box designs for Wii U games, but now we might have a clue for the pricing as well, considering the third part of this report states that some major titles such as Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition will cost $49.99, a ten dollar price drop from most retail releases of the current generation.

An update on the story displays a leaked list of upcoming Wii U releases with possible prices, including the rumored $49.99 price tag for Arkham City, along with the same price for Rayman Legends and Just Dance 4. That said, Nintendo first-party titles are listed alongside the price of $99.99, so either Nintendo is expecting a wealthier crowd for its next generation console, or these are just placeholder numbers until the prices are finalized closer to release. I’d bet on the latter.

Wii U Leaked Prices Rumor

Unfortunately for the international crowd, CVG is claiming that Europe is unlikely to see the Wii U until December. Key to this issue is “the manufacturing of the Wii U Gamepad, a complex controller” that is taking longer to produce than Nintendo had estimated. At one point the European release had even been pushed back to 2013, but since then the production of the console and its controller has apparently picked up enough to deliver as promised before the end of 2012.

So far, none of these rumors have been substantiated by a response from Nintendo, but considering the November 19th launch of the Wii and the still mysteriously unannounced prices for the console and the software for the Wii U, none of these rumors seem too far fetched. Next week would be the perfect time to start gathering interest by offering preorders for the system, right as school is starting and kids are already looking forward to the holidays.

Do you think Nintendo will have the Wii U ready for release before Thanksgiving in the US? How would a month delay affect the European release? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: VG24/7, GoNintendo, CVG

TAGS: Nintendo, Wii U

  • Avengers Assemble!!!!

    Cant wait

  • RockD79

    They said possibly week of Black Friday. Not actually on Black Friday. Releasing the console on Black Friday in US would be total chaos. It’ll mostly likely will launch on Sunday, November 18th. With the past launches as key.

  • ATG

    If it launches on or before Black Friday, they need to have a slightly discounted price as incentive. I think they’d sell a lot more that way. Like, if it’s $299.99, mark it down to $249.99 on Black Friday Only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. I think that’d be a neat idea. I might pick one of these up. Still waiting on that price, though!

  • Bailey

    I hope the games are 100 dollars because they come with a game pad…

    • Red

      Yeah. if Wii U games are $100 disk only, Im done. I love Zelda and Fire Emblem but I’m not forking over $100 for a game and nothing else. inflation on games hant gotten they high yet. Not by a long shot.

    • DrSamBeckett

      They might come with Limited Edition game pads, Aliens seems like a prime candidate for that. But maybe they are simply special editions, which usually cost that sort of price.

  • DrSamBeckett

    Why can’t they release it everywhere at the same time? Europe always gets royally screwed by games releases, especially consoles.

  • Arnold_dajar

    Releasing on Black friday is incentive enough to go buy one, theres no need for a mark down price, that’s stupid.

    • ATG

      How is that incentive enough? Lol the whole purpose of buying something on Black Friday is because everything is discounted. You don’t rush out at midnight, wait in line, just to buy a tv that’s regular price! That’s stupid!

  • Alfred

    Lol, if those prices are in dollars they’re obviously wrong

  • Daryusp07

    The release date of the WiiU will be November 18, 2012 for the U.S.