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E3 2012 RUMOR: Wii U Hitting October, Not Yet Cleared With Government

Posted on June 6, 2012 AT 02:15pm

At Nintendo’s press briefing yesterday, the company showed no signs of nailing down details such as release date or price for their upcoming Wii U. We’ve heard a few juicy rumors directly relating to one of those points, however.

While talking to one source (who we’ll keep anonymous) about their upcoming Wii U project, they let slip that the game would be hitting to coincide with the console’s launch. The month of release for their game? October. Now, titles do occasionally hit a week or so ahead of a new console’s release—so if true, that could either point to the Wii U itself also hitting in October, or the first batch of titles coming out in the last week of October, and maybe the Wii U at the beginning of November.

So why no solid release date yet? That could be tied to another rumor we’ve heard, once again from a source that will go unnamed. We were told that the Wii U console itself has not yet received final approval from the FTC. Now, that’s not really a big deal in and of itself—but the timeframe of that approval could have an effect on when exactly the console can hit store shelves.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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