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Rumour: Wii U European Launch Could be Delayed

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Manufacturing problems with the GamePad

At present there are some rumours swirling around the internet about potential launch dates for Wii U, with most agreeing that Nintendo is aiming for early-mid November. That's in North America, but industry sources seem to be suggesting that there may be delays in Europe, with some speculating that it'll arrive on this side of the Atlantic in December.

According to, its sources are saying that Nintendo is having issues with the GamePad controller, simply because it's a complicated piece of kit and we assume is taking longer than planned to manufacture. These sources say that Nintendo is determined to get in ahead of the busiest Holiday shopping season in North America, but the implication seems to be that there'll only be enough units to hit the November target in some territories; others may slip a few weeks.

There have been mumblings of Wii U manufacturing headaches earlier in the year, but we obviously hope that these sources are wrong. Will Europe be the odd one out that has to wait until December? Hopefully Nintendo will let us know soon.


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User Comments (43)



Bobhobob said:

Well, I guess this makes up for you guys getting animal crossing, NSMB2 and LM2 before us...



Geonjaha said:

@Bobhobob - We only get NSMB2 1 day before you guys, Animal Crossing release dates havent been confirmed yet, we dont know if the LM2 delay affects us too and finally - stop being so spiteful.



BJQ1972 said:

Did the Wii not launch in Europe about a month later than the US? What about the six month delay for the GameCube release?

It must be a slow news day.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Launching later than in the US isn't a problem for me. It only means i can read some more impressions before launch.
It should be launching early enough before Christmas though or Ninty might have a serious problem with sales numbers in the first year of the Wii U.



ThomasBW84 said:

@mumof2kids82 We've marked it as a rumour for that very reason The sources are claiming that Europe will get Wii U later than NA and, I assume, Japan. It sounds entirely feasible, but we simply don't know yet.



Mk_II said:

as long as they dont miss the important Sinterklaas holiday shopping spree here in Holland. Christmas isnt nearly as important here, toy-shopping wise.



fchinaski said:

Won't buy it until I see some release dates for the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X anyway.



MrArcade said:

I wont be getting a wii u for at least another year anyway. Im happy with my 3ds for now.



SigourneyBeaver said:

The company that dominates the handheld gaming market is having trouble manufacturing a controller that is essentially the lower half of a 3DS. Something doesn't compute with this.



fchinaski said:

@SigourneyBeaver If this isn't merely a joke, you're comparing apples and oranges, my friend. Different products, different functionalities, there's no way you can compare it to "the lower half of a 3DS".



Geonjaha said:

@grimbldoo - I recommend you do not judge the tone of my post in a different way to others. I calmly said that he shouldn't be spiteful. For all you know he's deadly serious.



fchinaski said:

I guess in Europe we're kind of sensitive about this, since Nintendo overlooked the European market for so long on previous console generations. Where's our edition of Super Mario RPG and Chrono Trigger anyway?? And I'm talking about CARTIDGES, not some lame ROM legally emulated!

PS.: Also a joke.



triforcepower73 said:

Ladies, ladies. Stop fighting. We're all fans of nintendo separated by only a few thousand miles. Let's just all get along and be friends!



UnseatingKDawg said:

Huh. Here I thought this might affect the US of A as well... Well, my hopes are that Europe won't be left out of this launch. It's just not cool when someone gets left out.



scotty30717 said:

Even though there is a possibility of this rumour being true, I seriously doubt it is. It came from which can't be a very reliable source because #1.It hasn't ever been correct on a rumour as far as I know #2. It could just be the website trying to get more popularity around the web-Free advertising, I mean it's been featured on Nintendo life-one of the most popular Nintendo news site and probably many more just because of this story.Because of that more people will find out about their website and visit it.



Huiee123 said:

If it's true, Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo, if it isn't then they r !@^%(8< annoying spreading rumours like that.



Medicham said:

European gamers gets punched in the face again. Its messed up how European gets alotta games later than everybody else. I'm an American and I'm already mad at how Japan gets literally everything cuz it came from that country.



Traxx said:

Hope it gets delayed to next year - noone will care any more (noone does atm anyway) and the Wii U chapter is closed for all I care, at least in Europe.

Europe shafting has to end: Although we have to dish out much more money value to buy videogames (transfering $ to € with no adaptions - what a joke) and still pay more just comparing numbers, have delayed releases and don't even get frigging chargers. Nintendo is dead to me, they are acting like doomed anyway...



dirtyplastic said:

Thats what happened to the euro release of the virtue boy, got pushed back and back, then it got canned.........



Henmii said:

If Europe gets it 1 month after America, I wouldn't really call that a delay!



arrmixer said:

All I'm gonna say is "Nintendo better get their release schedule straight..." if the rumor is true... doubt it though

Passionate Nintendo lovers are voicing their opinions and I think that's kool. Hope nintendo is listening...



TheN64Dude said:

I'm in NA, but I'd really hate to see ANYBODY wait for Wii U longer than they have to. I'm just glad it's not us.



DrDaisy said:

Nintendo has a history of delaying console releases. This wouldn't surprise me. Although I had hoped Nintendo had finally gotten to the point of not announcing a release date until it was sure it could deliver on time.



SirSmugleaf said:

I certainly hope this doesn't happen, because Nintendo AU has connections with Nintendo EU so that means it could be delayed here in Australia too!
I goes it doesn't matter, though, as long as it will be out by the time christmas rolls along, which, if missed, would be disastrous for Nintendo.



MAB said:

If the rumour is true then I'm glad they found the problem now so it can be easily fixed instead of releasing a dodgy product and going through the whole RROD/YLOD recall debacle its good to see the Ninty quality control in full effect and they still have plenty of time if other problems enter the equation. I still have my 3DSXL to pass the time while I wait anyway



Araknie said:

LOL i worked at the italian version of CVG, guess why i leaved in about 2 months...



rjejr said:

How can it be "delayed" if they haven't even given a date yet? Did they ever announce a simultaneous world-wide release? The US seems to always get stuff before the rest of the world so I wouldn't be surprised in the least.



Rapadash6 said:

December isn't that bad and, from what I hear, mirrors the original Wii launch in that territory. As an American, I fully expect it to be the same situation in the United States too, which would be the Sunday before Black Friday. All in all, this isn't really news and should've been expected of the consoles release. Historically that's always been the case, although the situation has technically improved in Europe over the past few generations, even considering this "delay."



Henmii said:

"Apple are gonna sue Nintendo"

Apple must know it's place: In the attic!!



Kawaiipikachu said:

Still the control pad is a stupid idea as we already have a perfectly fine 3DS to use with the Wii u.
Adding the Circle pad pro add on the 3DS has a touch screen powerfull enouth to stream videos with faster communications for steamed video dual analog with 4 shoulder buttons with motion sensing plus it can act as a learning TV remote with the very same IR port can be used for any planed IR Wii U accessories (e.g. Wii Fit U's pedometer).

so all in all the Wii U Control Pad is no real improvement over a 3DS.



Bluezealand said:

The Wii U is also for people, who don't care for handhelds. What do you think, how many games would support this feature, when at least half of the owners couldn't use it. You see how many, if you look at PS3/ Vita or Gamecube/ GBA!

Also, we got the 3DS as well as the 3DS XL earlier in Europe. Who says, the same couldn't happen with the Wii U?



TromaDogg said:

Gahhhh. Just means I'll be drooling over the Wii-U for that bit longer now. Still can't wait for it though



StarDust4Ever said:

It is time, for my dear friends across the pond, who are tired of late releases and inflated prices, to import an American console. Yes, send us your hard-earned Pounds and Euros, and your wallets and gaming life will be enriched because of it...



Varia01 said:

Ugh... I won't be able to get the Wii U until next year and now the games might be enjoyed by other gamers for even longer!

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