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Nintendo commits to Q3/Q4 2012 Wii U release date

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Dec 2011 18:23 User comments (11)

Nintendo commits to Q3/Q4 2012 Wii U release date According to Inside-Games, Nintendo has committed to a Q3/Q4 2012 Wii U release date.
Previously, the company had given a huge range, from April to December.

Nintendo is expected to show off the Wii U next month at the CES event and have playable demos on the show floor. The company launched the console, and showed off its touchscreen controller at this year's E3 show.

While unconfirmed, thanks to the new provided roadmap, industry insiders now believe Nintendo will set a price and release date at this summer's E3 for an actual release sometime during the holiday season.

There has not been too much revealed about the system as of yet, but Nintendo has confirmed the games will be on a proprietary disc that is not Blu-ray or DVD. Additionally, the console will run on a processor similar to the one used in the IBM "Watson" supercomputer.

More info here: Nintendo E3 coverage: Wii U unveiled and Nintendo confirms, no Blu-ray or DVD compatibility for Wii U games.

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126.12.2011 20:58
Triniboiy
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No one can say for sure what the competition may bring to the table cause i just know the Wii U will exceed the current gens but its all out in the open to see if the big N will succeed in sales & prove it can do just as well as the original Wii =)

226.12.2011 22:25

Originally posted by Triniboiy:
No one can say for sure what the competition may bring to the table cause i just know the Wii U will exceed the current gens but its all out in the open to see if the big N will succeed in sales & prove it can do just as well as the original Wii =)
Actually the power of this console will be no different than what we see already. On paper it looks good, but when the next gen consoles of Sony and Microsoft go at it again, then they will make this thing look like an antique. Nintendo has always been one or even two steps behind the competition. I dunno if they'll ever pull in front of the pack again. They have ALOT of work to do if they want to remain ahead of the likes of Microsoft and Sony for long term, NOT just short term. Nintendo is dying a slow death I'm afraid, and I don't even think their portable systems will last with the likes of mobile gaming of iOS and Android either, just my 2 cents.
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327.12.2011 2:06

Originally posted by blueboy09:
Originally posted by Triniboiy:
No one can say for sure what the competition may bring to the table cause i just know the Wii U will exceed the current gens but its all out in the open to see if the big N will succeed in sales & prove it can do just as well as the original Wii =)
Actually the power of this console will be no different than what we see already. On paper it looks good, but when the next gen consoles of Sony and Microsoft go at it again, then they will make this thing look like an antique. Nintendo has always been one or even two steps behind the competition. I dunno if they'll ever pull in front of the pack again. They have ALOT of work to do if they want to remain ahead of the likes of Microsoft and Sony for long term, NOT just short term. Nintendo is dying a slow death I'm afraid, and I don't even think their portable systems will last with the likes of mobile gaming of iOS and Android either, just my 2 cents.
Not at all the wii was the only one not plagued by issues such as red ring of death and sonys overpriced console. I might pick one up when they're 99 bucks at target next year, but it's really Sony that needs catching up to do. Sure they can buy their way to win media format wars but at what cost? Skyrim on ps3 is awful I've seen my friend have to restart more than 5x b/c it's badly ported to it. There wont even be a ps4 until 2014 prolly. Nintendo is innovating with this console and moving closer to virtual games. They will have the market to themselves and rake in dough. Now will have to wait to its debut to see how it stacks up but if it does have an ssd. It'll be much quiter than the 360's loud hdd.



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427.12.2011 2:25

wow, thought it was confirmed that it will use blu ray for games

527.12.2011 10:30

Can't see MS or Sony ramping up much on their consoles to beat this out. Frankly, there's no reason to beef up PS3 or XBox 360 as they are currently playing state-of-the-art games now so why make your system beefier just for the sake of it?? Games just aren't advancing quick enough as this did 5 years ago. Nintendo however, was smart by gradually stepping up their tech. Now they will be able to create more immersive games with HUGE worlds...........for Mario and Luigi of course.

627.12.2011 10:33

Originally posted by blueboy09:
Originally posted by Triniboiy:
No one can say for sure what the competition may bring to the table cause i just know the Wii U will exceed the current gens but its all out in the open to see if the big N will succeed in sales & prove it can do just as well as the original Wii =)
Actually the power of this console will be no different than what we see already. On paper it looks good, but when the next gen consoles of Sony and Microsoft go at it again, then they will make this thing look like an antique. Nintendo has always been one or even two steps behind the competition. I dunno if they'll ever pull in front of the pack again. They have ALOT of work to do if they want to remain ahead of the likes of Microsoft and Sony for long term, NOT just short term. Nintendo is dying a slow death I'm afraid, and I don't even think their portable systems will last with the likes of mobile gaming of iOS and Android either, just my 2 cents.
And it's 2 cents such as this why you are NOT a CEO of a company and never will be and absolutely shouldn't be. Thinking and perspectives like this doom companies.

Trying thinking pragmatically and in terms of 'trends' and only THEN will you see the errors of you thinking ways.

727.12.2011 10:48

I still hate it, it reminds me of flash game craze of years gone by. Other than that the only way I'd buy it is if they improved the WII motion plus.


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827.12.2011 12:50

Originally posted by blueboy09:
Nintendo has always been one or even two steps behind the competition.
Lol, sure. I'm no N fanboy, but I've been around for every one of their releases after the original NES and that statement is unfounded. I still think it's retarded they've waited so long to deliver HD (Skyward Sword was honestly just depressing to me - great game, but sub-par graphics. I don't just mean resolution, even colors seemed duller than they should on a nice TV) but when it comes to games and how you play them, Nintendo is the leading innovator.

Sony, and subsequently Microsoft (though this is inevitable, it's technology), pretty much blatantly copied every product design choice Nintendo has made and just charged customers more. Shoulder buttons, joysticks, "controller-free" gameplay, rumble features for more immersive gaming, etc etc. Hell, they're single-handedly responsible for the existence of a hard mobile gaming market to begin with.

I just personally feel Nintendo is moving a little far to the side of releasing gimmicks as products and relying on the "Hey... Check this out OMG" too much. But then again, these are the creators of the VirtualBoy too, so maybe they've always been this way.

927.12.2011 16:27

I think the Holiday season will be there best bet, as for Nintendo's so "Lack" of technology or being "Behind" Why would you care? Checked out the PC Forums? Seems like a better place to dispute such a thing. A PC gets upgraded with faster CPU's more Ram, bigger HDD ect great, I could care less I like playing video Games, Nintendo being behind, I guess its how you look at it would that be why the Move and Kinect came after the Wii?

Nintendo dosn't care to have the best graphics and fastest running proccessor leave that to M$ they like to Box PC's and call them console gaming systems and have done a great job at it, Nintendo has always taken a diffent approach to their strategy and are always looking to create a "New" Experience, hell if Sony and M$ were left alone we would simply be left with a war to see who can build the best PC nothing would change too dramatically.

To say Nintendo Is dying a slow death is absurd, The most succesful and recognized Video Game Franchises "exp Mario" are owned by nintendo, they dominate the handheld market and will continueto as parents put a DS in the hands of their children before they do a smart phone, but its always interesting to hear people talking like this after their latest console has reached saturation or their newest is picking up steam.

To simply make a point, Graphics and proccessor speed mean nothing when it comes down to "Gameplay" The true critics recognize this and base the games for what they are, not what they are being played on.

Nintendo had a successful holiday with their 3DS, New Zelda and Mario Titles and I'm sure they will have no troubles next christmas provided they back it up with an awesome launch list!

1027.12.2011 19:56

I've been controlling that plumber since the early 80s. I'm sick of it and their lack of third party support. I agree with some of the comments about Nintendo's innovation, but when Nintendo failed, they failed hard. Digital formats, internet gaming, and now mobile phone gaming are all trends that Nintendo payed dearly for coming into late. They will probably survive though.

113.1.2012 15:06

They're going to make a killing on the controllers. Controllers take a lot of abuse even from just normal wear and tear. Oops...just sat on the controller and cracked the LCD screen? Dropped it? $100 for a new one.

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