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Wii U Won't Launch Before April 2012

When Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 this past June, the company was clear about its intentions to wait until next year to release the console. However, '2012' is pretty vague for a release date, and up until today, we still had no idea as to when Nintendo's new console would hit the market.

Now, the company narrowed things down considerably with the revelation that the Wii U won't launch until its next fiscal year begins, in April 2012. What's more, the company said that the finished product will be on display at E3 2012. This would suggest that we're looking at either a summer launch or, at the latest, a fall launch in time for the holiday shopping season.

Speaking during the company's financial results for the first half of FY2011, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that the company was taking its time with the Wii U launch because it didn't want a repeat of the 3DS launch.

"Based on the bitter experiences we have had with the Nintendo 3DS, we are making every effort to prepare so that the Wii U will not stumble during its launch," PC World quotes Iwata as saying.

Nintendo was earlier this year forced to cut the price of the 3DS just a few months after it launched following disappointing sales of the handheld console.

  • CaedenV
    well good luck to them. The lack of games problem has been around a lot longer than just the 3DS.
    We purchased the Wii when it came out because it was the first interesting looking console from Nintendo sense the Super Nintendo way back in the day. While the console was fun to use, we still have not found many games that we have enjoyed on the thing except for a few first party mario games. The 3DS sales are just as much about being burnt by the Wii as they are about the lack of need for the 3DS.
    Until they have a good eco-system of 3rd party games like their competitors then many of us will stay away.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Problem with Nintendo consoles is that they only provide casual simple games, and now tablets and smartphones stole that market.
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  • simple games? what like xenoblade, zelda, resident evil, last story, pandoras tower and a fair few more. Get a clue
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  • soo-nah-mee
    I'll miss you Nintendo!
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  • back_by_demand
    amk-aka-phantomProblem with Nintendo consoles is that they only provide casual simple games, and now tablets and smartphones stole that market.I suppose Call Of Duty: Black Ops is a simple casual game.
    So if the Wii has lots of triple A titles but also does Monkey Tennis for 3 year olds and the Xbox doesn't, surely that means the Wii has a broader appeal to a larger customer base?
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    Probably explains why they sold more Wii consoles than the Xbox 360 and the PS3 combined.
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  • drwho1
    April?
    Somewhere during or near the holidays is more likely.

    I still won't care until I see PS4 news.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    back_by_demandI suppose Call Of Duty: Black Ops is a simple casual game.So if the Wii has lots of triple A titles but also does Monkey Tennis for 3 year olds and the Xbox doesn't, surely that means the Wii has a broader appeal to a larger customer base?...Probably explains why they sold more Wii consoles than the Xbox 360 and the PS3 combined.
    They did? I had no idea :) Sorry, not too good with console nonsense, but somehow most of the console players I saw and heard of play on Xbox 360/PS3 and the only games I've heard of on Nintendo consoles is all these simulators and casual childish stuff. Apparently, they have more than that, but it looks like most of the Nintendo customers buy the console for the simple games.

    And yes, Black Ops is a simple casual game :) Casual doesn't just mean that people play it occasionally; it's a broader term. Call of Duty leaves NOTHING behind it - there's no decent storyline, no interesting characters (though Price is pretty funny at times) and no great universe to immerse in. Mass Effect, Warcrafts, Warhammer 40K provide something that attaches you to the game in a way that is deeper than a shooter like CoD can. Of course, people dump hours and hours onto CoD MP, but it doesn't make it stand anywhere higher. Thus it's a simple, casual game. Run-aim-shoot/knife, that's all there's to it. Sure, there're "tactics" and "strategy", but it doesn't change the fact that the game is a casual shooter.

    Actually, I've finished all CoDs (single player) except Black Ops - the single player is fun as long as you play it, then you're done with it and there's zero replay value, while multiplayer is disgustingly boring. As for BO, I couldn't even finish single player - it just plain sucks. Honestly, I don't understand what makes the series so popular; before I had access to latest CoDs, I thought they're the greatest games on the market because of all the hype, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

    I'd same the same thing about BF series, but I don't dare... I never tried their multiplayer and can't judge :D Well, at least they have decent graphics...

    Wow, that went off topic :D Sorry for the rant, but I just can't stand when CoD series is portrayed as anything more than a simple console shooter.
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  • alidan
    CaedenVwell good luck to them. The lack of games problem has been around a lot longer than just the 3DS.We purchased the Wii when it came out because it was the first interesting looking console from Nintendo sense the Super Nintendo way back in the day. While the console was fun to use, we still have not found many games that we have enjoyed on the thing except for a few first party mario games. The 3DS sales are just as much about being burnt by the Wii as they are about the lack of need for the 3DS.Until they have a good eco-system of 3rd party games like their competitors then many of us will stay away.
    i got the wii for wii sports and zelda.
    no, the poor 3ds sales are because of lack of games, i was planning to buy it the moment zelda came out, but in the 3-4 months before that came out, nintendo released not 1 game that was worth buying, and mega man, the other system seller, got canned. because of that and the fact there are less than 5 system selling games, are the reason i dont have one, once they get 5 games, and looks like games are going to ramp up (even if shovel ware) i will pick one up.

    you dont need 3rd party when you are nintendo.

    that said, nintendo, if i understand their online right, are going a more pc approach, where people can pay for their own servers for almost any game, which i am interested by.

    amk-aka-phantomProblem with Nintendo consoles is that they only provide casual simple games, and now tablets and smartphones stole that market.
    you must never have owned a nintendo console, and only looked at shovel ware crap. please look into the nintendo library and its 3rd party things too, you may be surprised.

    LonegamerNO1simple games? what like xenoblade, zelda, resident evil, last story, pandoras tower and a fair few more. Get a clue
    wow, shoveing their ignorance in their face, and getting down voted for it

    back_by_demandI suppose Call Of Duty: Black Ops is a simple casual game.So if the Wii has lots of triple A titles but also does Monkey Tennis for 3 year olds and the Xbox doesn't, surely that means the Wii has a broader appeal to a larger customer base?...Probably explains why they sold more Wii consoles than the Xbox 360 and the PS3 combined.
    thank you for getting it, though many of those system sales are also just a curiosity piece too.
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  • back_by_demand
    amk-aka-phantomThey did? I had no idea Sorry, not too good with console nonsense, but somehow most of the console players I saw and heard of play on Xbox 360/PS3 and the only games I've heard of on Nintendo consoles is all these simulators and casual childish stuff. Apparently, they have more than that, but it looks like most of the Nintendo customers buy the console for the simple games.And yes, Black Ops is a simple casual game Casual doesn't just mean that people play it occasionally; it's a broader term. Call of Duty leaves NOTHING behind it - there's no decent storyline, no interesting characters (though Price is pretty funny at times) and no great universe to immerse in. Mass Effect, Warcrafts, Warhammer 40K provide something that attaches you to the game in a way that is deeper than a shooter like CoD can. Of course, people dump hours and hours onto CoD MP, but it doesn't make it stand anywhere higher. Thus it's a simple, casual game. Run-aim-shoot/knife, that's all there's to it. Sure, there're "tactics" and "strategy", but it doesn't change the fact that the game is a casual shooter. Actually, I've finished all CoDs (single player) except Black Ops - the single player is fun as long as you play it, then you're done with it and there's zero replay value, while multiplayer is disgustingly boring. As for BO, I couldn't even finish single player - it just plain sucks. Honestly, I don't understand what makes the series so popular; before I had access to latest CoDs, I thought they're the greatest games on the market because of all the hype, but I couldn't have been more wrong.I'd same the same thing about BF series, but I don't dare... I never tried their multiplayer and can't judge Well, at least they have decent graphics...Wow, that went off topic Sorry for the rant, but I just can't stand when CoD series is portrayed as anything more than a simple console shooter.Mass Effect 3 has been tabled for the Wii U
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    All academic really as I am a PC gamer like you, but have to play devil's advocate :)
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  • phishy714
    Unfortunately, because I really do like Nintendo and all the fond memories I have with them, the Wii U will not sell well. Why? because the market that the original wii was aimed towards ALREADY HAS a freaking wii. Yes, this one will add a tablet-like motion controll.. but ask yourselves this.. If you have a tablet already, do you really want/need another one to be sitting around the house? Also, if you don't have one, (most likely cause you dont like them or can't afford one), is a nintendo only tablet the way you want to go?

    As for the motion controls.. yeah.. you aren't going to sell the Wii U on the premise of something that is already out there in wayy too many fashions. The upgraded graphics would only appeal to gamers who care about that stuff. And those gamers already have an Xbox 360 or PS3. Why would they throw down that much money on a system (which doesn't get the best titles out there) when the ps4 and next gen Xbox are around the corner in 2013.

    I think this will take Nintendo down.
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