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Wii U Release Date Emerges

But is it real?

According to blog WiiUDaily, Nintendo have set the 18th of November as the American release date for their next console.

The information apparently comes from an email the site has obtained from a Japanese retailer, although why a Japanese retailer would have the date for a US launch is slightly confusing.

“The email circulated among staff at a game store in Japan, the Akihabara-based Media Land, one of the most popular video game shops in Tokyo,” the site claims, although it doesn’t show the email or offer any further details.

Some sites are running with this story as if it’s already proven to be true – I’d urge a little caution with this for the moment, even if everything checks out (including the Sunday release date).

I can’t find any other mention of this release date from any other source, including the Japanese sites I’d normally check.

The site also claims that GTA V is heading to the Wii U, via a “financial report”.  I couldn’t find said financial report.

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11 Comments
  1. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    ‘Scuse me, starting saving by getting my internet cance-

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 22:54.
  2. nemesisND1derboy
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    The site has a number of bogus looking posts with anonymous sources, and apparently has found some magical financial report from Rockstar confirming GTA V for Wii U, even though no platforms have been announced thus far.

    Plausible date, but a bogus source IMO. But hey, everyone seems to be leaking PS4 and Next Xbox details lately, can’t leave the Wii U out of the fun, considering there’s been very little buzz about it anyway since it was announced.

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 22:58.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      I think everyone’s picking up on it so eagerly because sites like Eurogamer have done.

      See: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=35817885&postcount=1

      Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 22:59.
      • nemesisND1derboy
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Yeah, I saw that a while ago. Good times for games journalism eh?

        Don’t blame sites for picking up on it, especially with all the spotlight next gen has been getting recently. As long as people realise there’s every chance it’s bogus and that people urge a bit of caution (like you have). It’s when sites, like Eurogamer, put “report” in the article title and lay it out as if it’s gospel that gets my goat.

        Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 23:04.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Read this on Eurogamer earlier and was sceptical, the ‘WiiUDaily’ site has dodgy all over it. Other sites seem to also be running it as confirmed, or put “report” infront of it instead of “rumour”.

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 23:12.
  4. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    I honestly believe that as today was a slow news day, a lot of sites have been running April Fool’s stuff from yesterday as news. Most honestly, while others are simply trying to drum up traffic. And maybe some writers are just bored.

    Thankfully, this site labels it properly as rumours and speculation.

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 23:20.
  5. Lorcan
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Oct 2008

    The fact no platforms have been announced so far with regards to GTAV mean that a Wii U release would be no surprise.
    It has all the power, and a little bit more, of the PS360 so why not? Nintendo would do well to take it on as well due to the crazy selling power a GTA title has which, combined with the early stage in their new console, would be great for showing people that the Wii U is more than just a family gimmick console like the Wii has been viewed as for so long.

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 00:50.
  6. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Seems early. Especially so considering I don’t really know how the machine plays still.

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 05:04.
  7. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Doesn’t really matter anyways since we already know it’s coming before Christmas. The exact date is just a formality.

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 06:40.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Still not excited by the Wii U, I wanna see some tech demos and gameplay footage…

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 07:07.

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