Wii U Launch Date Delayed To December?
Author: Pete Haas
published: 2012-08-10 20:59:31
The Wii U is scheduled to launch this fall and a new report suggests that the console might have a rough start. A manufacturing issue is supposedly forcing Nintendo to push the release from November to December in Europe.
CVG, citing numerous sources, says that Nintendo is having trouble churning out GamePads. It makes sense, considering how complicated the controller is. It has a motion sensor, camera, microphone, 6.2 inch touchscreen and its own power supply. The GamePad also supports near field communication (NFC) and connects wirelessly to the Wii U console.
Nintendo thought that the manufacturing problems would be worse than expected. At one point in July, they were expecting a 2013 launch in Europe. The company is now certain they'll be able to get the console out by the end of the year.
Apparently the Wii U will launch in the United States in November as planned. Nintendo's intent on having the console on store shelves there in time for Black Friday, the frantic shopping day after Thanksgiving. It's not clear how early or late the Wii U will arrive in November.
Nintendo did not comment on this latest report. It should also be noted that Nintendo never announced a November launch for any territory. All they've promised thus far is that the Wii U will be available this year. The fact that they've yet to nail down a specific release date by now does raise suspicion, though. It seems very plausible they could be experiencing issues behind-the-scenes.
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