Wii U could come out as early as October
While most people, myself included, believe the Wii U will release closer to Thanksgiving there is a chance it could release a month earlier.
Nintendo revealed during E3 that the Wii U would release during “Holiday 2012”. Most people think of late November when they hear this. But Nintendo’s own Scott Moffitt says that Nintendo doesn’t view the holiday season as just around late November.
“Holiday season really begins October, November, December, but of course the bulk of the sales begin Black Friday weekend, right after Thanksgiving,” said Moffitt to the Seattle Times.
He does emphasis the importance of the black friday period but he includes October as a month during the holidays. I don’t know about you but I never do holiday shopping before Hall-O-Ween.
Now to support this idea that the Wii U will release in October is Ubisoft’s software release schedule from a few days ago. This list appeared on their press site and listed Assassin’s Creed 3 on the Wii U as coming out in October. That is the same date as the other versions of the game.
Notably Ubisoft’s other Wii U games like Zombi U are listed for “Wii U launch”. It is puzzling they would list Assassin’s Creed for October and Zombi U for launch. This implies the two have release dates that will differ by at least a few weeks. An early October Wii U launch would fit that bill.
Of course Nintendo only releases hardware on Sundays and the first two Sundays in October are the 7th and the 14th. To be fair the last Sunday in September is the 30th but September doesn’t fit into Nintendo’s definition of the holidays.
If the Wii U released with Zombi U on October 7th it would make sense why they wouldn’t list Assassin’s Creed 3 as “at Wii U launch” because it would be more than three weeks later.
Just Dance 4 is also listed for Wii U’s launch and it is arriving in stores on other platforms on October 9th.
I believe the only real dates for the Wii U’s launch would be October 7th and November 18th. November is historically more accurate though Nintendo did release the N64 in September during 1996.
If Nintendo did go with an early October release they could get all the hardcore, day-one buyers in October and if they are afraid of any sales lull going into the holidays they could simply hold New. Super Mario Bros U until near Thanksgiving. Nintendo has defined the “launch window” as the three to four months after release.
What do you think? Still planning on November? Just want the Wii U in your living room already?