Since its massive showing at E3, Nintendo's been pretty silent about the Wii U. With the holidays around the corner, you might want to start saving up your money if you want the Wii U and its fancy touchscreen gamepad.
If a presentation by gaming accessory maker PDP at a GameStop manager conference has any truth to it, then the Wii U will launch on November 18. Despite denials by PDP representatives, both Kotaku and a NeoGAF member have learned that that date appears to be the one to circle on your calendars.
A Sunday, November 18 release is not completely out of the ordinary. If you hop into your time machine (you did remember it, didn't you?), you'll see that Nintendo has a history of releasing new game consoles in November. The Wii launched on in the U.S. on November 19, 2006, the Nintendo DS on November 21, 2004 and the GameCube on November 18, 2001. And they were all Sundays. Are you beginning to see a pattern?
Nintendo has never been shy about launching hardware in the run-up to Black Friday to boost quarterly sales, and the Wii U launch should be no different.
It is widely expected Nintendo will announce price and release details at an upcoming event on September 13. If you missed it, Nintendo confirmed earlier this month that Wii U boxes will indeed sport a splash of light blue.