Apr 2nd, 2012

Wii U launch date
Nintendo has set a Wii U launch date, according to a email WiiUDaily has obtained from a Japanese retailer. The Wii U launch date is pegged to Sunday, November 18, 2012 for North America, and one week later for Japan. The Wii originally launched on November 19, 2006, which also happened to be a Sunday. There was no word on the European Wii U launch date.

The report comes from an internal email obtained by WiiUDaily. 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. Nintendo previously confirmed that the Wii U launch would happen in Fall 2012, but no specifics were revealed. November is the most important month when it comes to gaming releases — almost all major consoles over the past 10 years have been released during that time, and likewise when it comes to big titles.

The report doesn’t mention whether the November 18 Wii U launch date is an internal target date for Nintendo, or whether the company has already committed to releasing the Wii U to the public. Considering that the original Wii launched at almost exactly the same date six years ago, we wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo stuck to this date. We’ll be marking our calendars to November 18, 2012.

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  • alienfish

    I’m pulling my hair out just waiting for E3! If this is true, I’m going to know about how awesome (or not) the WiiU is for over five months! Being a gamer is truly the most grueling waiting game of them all. Still, I’ll be ecstatic when it finally arrives.

  • Blue Falc0n

    I’m more excited for the Wii U. Can’t wait to pick this console up! Can’t wait to hear more informations in E3 😀

  • angel

    I WANT MY WII U…NOW!!! *-*

    • Meliza Luna

      Everybody does.

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        • Adnan

          that sucks i only have a ds i couldnt wait to get this game and make a flimay on there and i figured out i cant cant wait till my bro gets an xbox 360 so we can play grand theft auto and sims 3

        • Emir

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  • Sylverstone Khandr

    So, on the GameCube’s 11th anniversary? Not bad for a release date.

  • Sylverstone Khandr

    Then again, not believing this until E3.

  • Tiago

    Nintendo always launches consoles on a Sunday. The Wii launched on Nov 19, the GameCube on Nov 18, 2001. The Wii U will launch exactly 11 years after the GameCube.

  • random WII U LOVER

    HAPPY BIRTH DAY GAME CUBE (i say about 5 months from now) ill have a cake to celibrate just me my self and I

  • Jibran Amin

    First i want to see games and its features. Then probably i’ll buy….

  • Trevor Murphy

    YES!!! Love everything about Wii U already, even though it will be way better at E3, and if you have tried out a 3DS Circle Pad, Wii U will have the nice feel of two of those on Wii U. Great job Nintendo, and keep taking my money.

  • oscar

    i cant wait for it to come out i was their for the wii release maybe i,ll go to the wiiu release

  • TheWord

    lol @ David Turnbull being so butthurt.

    • Wii U Daily staff

      That guy is so jealous for not breaking the news first…

    • Fucking skirr

      Aight papi

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah i diffently buying wii u becuase my wii is getting a few bad blocks soo my wii might not last much longer soo perfect time because i dont think it would last 2013 2014 2015 would be too long for me

  • ND92

    So.. which retailer?

    November is a given

  • Your mom

    Awesome!!! It was love at first site for me, I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait for Batman arkham city and Zelda wii u.

  • Pokemon

    HD Pokemon

  • Ian

    The waiting sucks i want a wii u NOW!

  • F

    Please let this be true…

  • sizzly s

    So Retailers Already know the release date?

  • Meliza Luna

    Can we play gamecube games on the Wii U?

    • Nintendo Brony

      No but you can download them off of the Wii U’s virtual console.

  • paul eger

    yeah it’s coming out around my B-day. thas going to make it easier for me to buy that baby. Love being born in November.

  • Ben

    Its being released literally ON my birthday! I’m so grateful I was 3 weeks early!!

  • Superman

    I savor, lead to I discovered just what I was taking a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye