With the big September 13 Nintendo event rapidly approaching, could we finally be hearing the release date and pricing on the tantalizing Wii U?
After two E3 demos to get our mouths watering, Nintendo has kept Wii U information tightly under wraps. But now it looks like anxious fans of the console can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a recent leak stating an alleged release date and pricing information.
According to the rumor surrounding wholesale media distribution company Video Product Distributors, the system will make its North American debut on November 11th, 2012, with prices starting at $249.99 and going up to $299.99 and $349.99.
Apparently VPD, a distributor for popular retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, Overstock and Blockbuster, briefly displayed a product page which contained the release information on the three SKUs.
You needed a trade account login in order to view the information, but one YouTube user was kind enough to record some footage of the leak:
Assuming the packages are similar to the initial Wii release, the base model likely includes the Wii U system with a Wii Sports-like counterpart. The second pricing level may include either another controller or another first party title, with the most expensive package including both. Those are just our assumptions of course, but considering the high production costs of the tablet-like controllers, we'd advise taking these leaked prices with a grain of salt.
While there hasn't been any official word from Nintendo just yet, the upcoming New York City event hosted by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will likely reveal all. Seeing as how the last time Reggie took the NYC stage resulted in a big Wii reveal, it's probably safe to say we'll be hearing all of the juicy Wii U details next Thursday (September 13).