A Leaked Release Date for the Wii U

According to a Japanese retailer who gave their information to Wii U Daily, it looks like Nintendo has settled on a release date for the Wii U – November 18th of this year. It’s a bit a late in the holiday season, but certainly enough time to drive more than a few parents bonkers going from store to store, hoping to track one down.

As we discussed on this week’s podcast, I’m actually interested in seeing what a new generation of home game console could offer from a tech and capability standpoint. Unfortunately, the Wii U doesn’t quite fit that criteria, no matter how curious I am about the tablet controller. In fact, according to this story at Games Industry International, a couple of developers have anonymously come forward to note that the graphics capabilities of the Wii U don’t quite reach the level of the current gen Xbox 360 and PS3. Given that, it’s hard to imagine a lot of 360 and PS3 players jumping ship to get themselves a Wii U, no matter what price point it debuts at. Of course, the real question is whether or not Wii owners will make the move. Do we have any Wii only households in our audience that plan to jump on the U?

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor, with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and is a 20-year publishing veteran as an editor of books on consumer tech and professional development for educators. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd was a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets from 1997-2015. Follow him on Twitter @toddsfoolery.

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