A Nintendo executive has claimed that the company’s newly unveiled Wii U console will be launched on April 1 2012.
Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with Forbes that the console will be launched on April 1 2012 and will share retail shelves with Wii, DSi, and 3DS.
The company plans to support two major consoles simultaneously until they decide to drop support for the old Wii console.
The console, which was previewed at the E3 gaming conference, comes with a high end console complete with a fast processor and high definition graphics and a controller that comes with a small screen.
The controller, Nintendo says, is not a tablet but a unique way for gamers to interact with the games.
“We’ve made it clear: This is not a tablet, it’s not meant to be a tablet. But having said that, yes, it has a screen, yes, it has a range of input buttons, and yes, you’re going to be able to have a great console experience right in the palm of your hand,” he said.
Nintendo said that older Wii games will be compatible with the new console. The company is hopeful that it would help it compete with higher end rivals like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.