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Nintendo Wii U Release Date Leaked

The release date for the Nintendo Wii U has been leaked, informing anxious gamers that they will be able to get their hands on the next-generation console on 18th November in North America and a week later in Japan. No word yet on when the European region will see the console, but based on the fact that the Wii was released there just under a month after the Wii in America, we'll probably see the Wii U in early December.

Until now the only release reports that were known about the next-gen Nintendo console was that it would be coming towards the end of the year. It is expected that E3 will be giving away a lot more details, including most likely the official launch announcement by the Japanese gaming firm.

The November release allows Nintendo to take advantage of the Christmas shopping period, something that Microsoft has also done in the past with its end of year releases of its Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles.

The big news with the Wii U so far has been its 'game changing' touch screen controller which some developers have said could make people buy the console purely for its new way of game interaction. Internally it's thought to have similar hardware and perhaps be a little more powerful than current-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.

Source: Wii U Daily (opens in new tab)

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