The Wii U will be here before Christmas

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We’ve always known that the Wii U, Nintendo news tablet-controlled console would release this year – but we had no idea if that included us, here at the bottom of Africa of indeed that would include a Western release at all.  That’s changed – because Nintendo’s harmless-looking, bespectacled president Satoru Iwata (who I suspect is actually capable of great wrath and golden-haired fury) has confirmed that the whole world will have a little extra Nintendo by year’s end.

Earlier this month, Nintendo of America’s walking mass of meat Reggie Beef Fillet Fils-Aime said that the Wii U would “launch some time between E3 – which is in June – and the end of the year so essentially the second half of the year,” but with no indication of which markets that would apply to.

Iwata’s now stated that it’ll be available in all key markets; United States, Europe, Australia and Japan in time for the holiday spending festive season, so it’s likely that those of use in South Africa – who’re used to staggered releases – should get the thing at around the same time as everybody else. Hooray! There’s no word yet on what the device – which is currently rumoured to be about twice as powerful as the Xbox 360 – will cost, though there’s some speculations it could be very expensive indeed.

I don’t buy it. After what happened with the 3DS, I’m pretty sure Nintendo’s well aware that they have to price this thing within the realms of reason – and that it has to have some pretty good launch games to go with it. We had some pretty extensive time with the Wii U at E3 last year – and were eft quite excited by the device’s possibilities.

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Last Updated: January 26, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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