During the latest episode of IGN’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, hosts Jose Otero and Peer Schneider discussed a rumor they heard from various industry insiders that Nintendo is planning to reveal some new hardware at this year’s E3.
Otero and Schneider made sure to clarify that their comments were not fact and the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt. However, judging from a response on Twitter, it sounds like Schneider doesn’t want to completely rule out the possibility of the rumor being true.
Despite all of that, the rumor still managed to gain enough traction to the point where representative for Nintendo U.K. released a statement denying any new hardware from the company at E3.
Source: Nintendo Life
During a GameStop managers’ conference in Texas, a representative for the accessory maker PDP mentioned that their products would make their way to stores “just ahead of the Wii U’s November 18 release.”
The date would follow a similar trend with past Nintendo consoles like the GameCube and Wii, which both launched on the Sunday proceeding Black Friday (November 18 and 19, respectively).
Nintendo has a big Wii U press event lined up for New York in September where they’re expected to announce the official release date.
Source: CVGNo comments
Sources privy to the Wii U’s production told CVG that problems manufacturing the console’s touchscreen controller may force Nintendo to push the European launch back to December.
According to these sources, Nintendo intends to release the Wii U this November in the U.S., presumably to capitalize on Black Friday and the holiday shopping season.
Nintendo has refused to comment.
The console manufacturer has yet to announce a release date for the new console, but CVG believes that this manufacturing issue has hampered Nintendo’s plans to set a date.No comments
An email reply supposedly coming from a Nintendo Customer Service representative says that the Wii U will be available in black and white when it launches later this holiday season.
“Finally, I can confirm that the Wii U will be released in both Black and White. In case you hadn’t yet had the opportunity, I wanted to let you know that everything we have available to share regarding Wii U has been added to our website. Here’s a direct link:
Additional details (like price and release date) will be unveiled later this year; however, we don’t have any specific
dates or events to announce yet. I encourage you to keep checking our website’s “What’s New” section (http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew) for the latest information.
Thanks again for your email!
Nintendo of America”
Pending an official press release, this will still have to be treated as a rumor.
Source: GoNintendoNo comments
This ad for the official Pokémon Black and White 2 guide book in this month’s CoroCoro may have inadvertently revealed the identities of the Unova gym leaders.
Aside from Homika, Shizui and Cheren, who were already confirmed for Black and White 2, the remaining gym leaders in the ad appear to all be from the previous game (slight spoilers):
Nikkei Reports Nintendo Working On A Larger 3DS, Wii U Will Cost ¥30,000 [Update: Nintendo Responds]
[Update: Nintendo has put out an official statement denying the Nikkei's claims and saying that the report was merely conjecture on the publication's part.]
Japan’s Nikkei newspaper claims that Nintendo has a new, larger 3DS model in the works.
This larger 3DS model will sport a 4.3-inch screen. For comparison, the DSi XL had 4.2-inch screen. A possible worldwide release could happen as soon as this summer.
For the Wii U, Nikkei says that the Wii U will retail for ¥30,000 (≈$383 USD). However, it isn’t stated whether this is an estimate or info from an unnamed source.
Nintendo’s E3 conference is tomorrow morning, so we won’t have to wait long to see if any of this is true.No comments
There’s a new 3DS Castlevania game in the works and it’s set to be announced at E3 this June, Dutch website N1ntendo reports.
Not much is known about the new game, which has the subtitle Mirror of Faith; however, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer David Cox and director/writer Enric Alvarez are said to be working on the it.
These pictures from Blockbuster UK’s point of sale system show what may be the Wii U’s launch lineup.
Of the 25 games listed, many have already been announced or confirmed for a Wii U release; however, there are games like Splinter Cell 6, which have yet to be announced for Nintendo’s new system.
As reasonable sounding as this list is, it hasn’t been confirmed by Nintendo and it should be taken with a grain of salt.
The full list:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Assassin’s Creed
- Batman Arkham City
- Darksiders II
- Dirt 3
- Formula 1 All Stars
- Game Party
- Ghost Recon Online
- Just Dance 4
- Killer Freaks From Outer Space
- Marvel Super Heroes
- Metro Last Light
- Monsters Party
- New Super Mario Brothers Mii
- Ninja Gaiden 3
- Rabbids Party Land
- Raving Rabbids
- Rayman Legends
- Shield Pose
- Splinter Cell 6
- Sports Connection
- Your Shape 2013
Montreal-based website Forget the Box has sources who are apparently close to an unnamed manufacturer and distributor for Nintendo. According to them, the total cost of components for the Wii U comes out to approximately $180. And that’s just the console itself. The sources go on to mention that it costs close to $50 for the parts in the system’s tablet controller.
Other unseen costs, like shipping, research and development, advertising, were not factored into either bill of materials.
The sources mention that the final retail price for the Wii U is still being worked out. Apparently, Nintendo is currently assessing the market and working on finalizing costs. When the Wii U does launch, the sources say it will be priced no lower than $300.
Source: Forget the BoxNo comments
Nintendo has officially stated that they plan to release the Wii U before the end of the year, but they have not given a specific date.
However, according to a leaked internal email circulated among the staff at Japanese retailer Media Land, Nintendo’s new console will reportedly go on sale Sunday, November 18 in North America and a week later in Japan. There was no mention of a European release date.
With Nintendo planning to announce details on the Wii U around E3, it’s likely we won’t find out if this date is real until the expo rolls around this June.
Source: WiiUDailyNo comments