There’s just something about Nintendo’s new console that isn’t clicking with me. I’ve been there day one for everything they’ve kicked out since I was a boy, and yet I just can’t get excited about the Wii U. Perhaps it’s the launch line up (another Mario Bros, a port of Ninja Gaiden and NintendoLand looking like being the initial trio) or the fact that barring some killer first party games the Wii was largely just collecting dust.
Regardless, it’s now looking like the Wii U will launch on November 18th, as news surfaces from a recent GameStop conference. Or, at least, that’s when a specific line of accessories will hit the streets in North America.
You can extrapolate from that if required, and it’s worth bearing in mind that accessories can appear a week or so earlier than the actual consoles, but seeing as that’s a Sunday and it’s the date that has been rumoured since E3, it’s fairly safe to assume that it won’t be too far away from the middle of November. Here in Europe might be a different story – Nintendo of Europe have been more switched on of late, but we’ll have to wait and see.
If it really is just a matter of weeks away, Nintendo need to start hyping this thing up. Give us pricing, week one titles, that sort of thing – getting caught up in the launch hype is all part of the fun, but I’m just not feeling it yet.