It's been known for some time that Nintendo is preparing its next-generation Wii U for a big holiday push and now a reported leak from a third-party accessory maker may have identified 18 November as the day the new game console hits shelves.
That date was listed in a presentation delivered at a GameStop management conference in Texas by accessory-maker PDP, Kotaku reported, citing an anonymous attendee whose account appeared to be backed up by a poster on the NeoGAF message board.
"A rep for PDP was showing the company's fall line-up at the conference and wrapped their presentation by saying the peripherals would be available just ahead of the Wii U's November 18 release date," Kotaku cited its source as saying.
A PDP executive has unequivocally denied that the company leaked the Wii U release date, saying it was an impossibility.
"[A]t this time we can't confirm Nintendo's dates and we don't know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that this point. We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn't mean a confirmation on the hardware. If you seek confirmation on the date that is something that is going to need to go specifically though Nintendo, but we can't confirm or deny dates on any of their hardware," PDP community manager Candace Hinton told Kotaku.
But Kotaku's Stephen Totilo reckoned the 18 November date, a Sunday, had the ring of truth to it given Nintendo's history of product releases on that specific day in that specific month. The Wii and the GameCube were also launched on Sundays in November, he noted. 18 November, meanwhile, is the last Sunday before Black Friday this year, another strong sign pointing towards the veracity of the PDP leak.
Nintendo is releasing its new console a full year before rivals Microsoft and Sony unleash their own successors to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 .