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Wii U Release Date and Price Announcements to Come After E3

Posted by James Newton


Nintendo will reveal the release date and price for Wii U after its E3 show, president Satoru Iwata has revealed.

Speaking at a financial results briefing, Iwata didn't reveal much about Wii U, other than emphasising that Nintendo would reveal the system's final format and software lineup during E3. Iwata then said:

Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.

So don't expect Reggie or Iwata to stand up at the Nokia Theatre and tell you when and where you can buy your Wii U — that information will come later, perhaps via a Nintendo Direct broadcast.

Nintendo revealed the Western release dates and prices for 3DS in January 2011, two months before the console launched, so we could be looking at a few more months of Wii U-related waiting yet.


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Megumi said:

....When...and where? Wat? I'm not gonna be able to pick this up at a store or something? lol



C-Olimar said:

The 3DS price and release date were revealed 5 months before it was out right? Assuming the U's out in November, June would be 5 months before that, so why can't they reveal the price and date then?



Gamer83 said:

I remember back in 2006 after Nintendo blew the doors off everybody at E3 I couldn't wait to get launch info and it ended up we didn't get really anything until they had a some press conferences in September so this news doesn't surprise me at all. I expect a great showing for the Wii U at E3 but no launch details at all.



James said:

@C-Olimar 3DS prices and dates were revealed in January 2011 in events at New York and Amsterdam, two months before the machine launched



ChosenOne25 said:

They will look how the reaction to the Wii U will be during E3 and adjust their price from there. It is a smart and reasonable move. If the hype is so low, there's now way they can set the price high, so get ready to unhype guys, for the sake of a cheaper price! HAHA



Lunapplebloom said:

Well this was a surprise. I was sure they were going to reveal the price at E3 at least. Oh well, we shall know soon enough.



kyuubikid213 said:

Iwata-san, I am already saving for the Wii U, I just want to know when I can get it. I still can't wait for E3!!



Alienfish said:

As long as they give us the whole story on what the console will do and more importantly show us some real footage of real games for it. I have a feeling the games are definitely going to be there in a big way.



Burning_Spear said:

My guess is they don't want the price to detract from the hype. They want people buzzing about what the system can do and creating positive publicity.



ajcismo said:

Nintendo will do the "when and how much?" bit on their own Nintendo Direct broadcast for one simple reason: The forum gives them complete center of attention.



NintyMan said:

As long as they still show off the console and its games at the show, that's fine with me. I think we already know that it's coming in November.



rjejr said:

At first my reaction was all "WTF", but that's a natural consumer reaction as we want to know, know where to set up our tents, know how much we need to save up, actually important stuff now that I think about it, but waiting is certainly in THEIR best interests. Waiting on the price as they probably don't even know it yet makes sense, though I'm sure they have it narrowed down to a pair of numbers - $299 or $349 still my best guess. Of course many people will just assume the price is SO HIGH they don't want to tell anybody, which may also be true. Don't know why you wouldn't say when, unless you just like pairing that info w/ the price, that's the only reason I can see to hold the date back. They have to know.
Still a bummer, but it makes sense.



hYdeks said:

tell us the release date and price at e3 nintendo, stop pushing it away, where gonna know the freakin price of it soon enough. I see no reason why they can't tell us, it's like they want us to be super amazed and psyched over the system....before telling us it will cost us a arm and a leg to buy -_-



MegaAdam said:

Dear Nintendo:
$300 or less, Day 1 purchase.
If Pikmin 3 is a launch title, then $500 or less, Day 1 Purchase.

However, I don't think the Wii U will be successful above $300.



RantingThespian said:

I guess I will just have to have myself frozen and then unthawed right before the Wii U comes out to avoid all this waiting. Anyone have Butters' phone number?



LztheQuack said:

I think Corbie should hype this too so it can be priced at $500

Remember the 3DS's original price? That was Corbie's fault



mamp said:

I think Nintendo wants to see how well people react to the Wii U at E3 before they decide on a price for it.



Minny said:

I am going with the idea that the new system will be US $299.99. They may get away with US $349.99, but that is incredibly risky. They simply will not be able to make as much profit off their hardware anymore (The Wii at launch was netting Nintendo a substantial profit margin).

Release Date: November 18th, 2012. The Sunday prior to Thanksgiving in the US and the beginning of holiday shopping. The Wii launched the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving in 2006. They may go November 11th. However, going November 25th is suicidal, as most people spend big bucks during black Friday (day after Thanksgiving), and will not have anything left over.



Capt_N said:

@hydeks That could very well be. If that is true, then they are hoping to build so much positive about the console, that the worst a high price tag could do, is balance out the scales in people's minds; high cost equivalent to high tech is probably what they would be wanting people's thinking to be.

@mamp You're probably right.,

@rjejr They probably do have it narrowed down. & probably the reaction they get @ E3 will be a major factor in them choosing a figure from the pair (of numbers) you mentioned.



Myx said:

no trophies/achievements = no wii u purchase
very simple formula



hillbill26 said:

Awn jeez, that is a bummer. I guess it would take a while. I still see no point in waiting though. My guess is that they just don't have enough time to present the completed console until after E3 2012. Either that or too much stuff to introduce and talk about at E3 2012. But if they announce the release date and stuff right after E3 2012, I will be pissed

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