According to an email obtained by WiiUDaily from a Japanese retailer, Nintendo has set a launch
date for the Wii U - the North America launch of the new gaming platform is currently set for November 18, 2012.
Nintendo releasing the Wii U in November comes as no surprise, as it makes the new system available for the Christmas rush.
Nintendo's Wii U will be able to produce full HD graphics, but the biggest innovation is its tablet controller with a color LCD touchscreen. Although the idea of the Wii generation being able to support HD graphics is appealing to some,developers who spoke with Games Industry International project it will not have the same level of computing power as its main competitors, the Xbox 360 or the PS3. Overall, the developers said it's a great attempt to modernize Nintendo's Wii, but some doubt the console is capable of “keeping up” with current state-of-the-art in gaming. So, we will have to wait and see if the Wii U will meet its production goals, and how it prices what seems to be an incremental update. And how Microsoft and Sony will react to this new generation of Nintendo (price cuts anyone?).
Source - Wii U's release date leaked by retailer - rumor Games Industry International
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