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Nintendo will showcase the final format of its Wii U console and the software line-up, but won't reveal firm release dates or launch pricing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said during the firm's year end financial results briefing.

"We will showcase the final format, and discuss the details and the software line-up for this year at E3 2012, which will be held in Los Angeles in the United States in June this year," said Iwata.

He added: "Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3."

VideoGamer.com Analysis

We know the Wii U will launch in the 2012 holiday season, so at this time we're much more interested in seeing what the system is capable of rather than exactly when it will be in stores. Pricing, however, is a more pressing matter, with the Wii U's launch price likely to go some way in determining how successful the platform will be.

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Woffls's Avatar


Something from Retro. Please, Nintendo, just anything from Retro at launch and everyone will be happy. Having a Metroid game that's 2D on the controller and 3D on the TV would be bad ass.

Hopefully they won't price it based on E3 reactions again. Attendees were enamoured with the 3DS to the extent that Nintendo boosted the price at launch, and then hardly any of them bought it. I doubt they would make that mistake again, and I expect they've already got a price in mind.
Posted 10:33 on 30 April 2012
Endless's Avatar


Online functionality. Nothing else matters. If the online and community aspects of the system are riddled with Nintendo's overly awkward security/paranoia complexs then I'm just simply not going to bother. It has to equal or better Xbox Live to stand a chance.
Posted 13:07 on 27 April 2012
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