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This article was published on July 7, 2011


Nintendo’s Wii U to launch after April 1st, 2012

Nintendo’s Wii U to launch after April 1st, 2012
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Nintendo has been cagey on the release timing of its recently announced Wii U console, except to say that it would come out sometime in 2012. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime let slip a more solid date earlier today.

“This is a device that will launch in 2012, after April 1st,” Fils-Aime told Forbes after he was asked how Nintendo would manage the fact that the Wii U would be on shelves at the same time as the Wii.

Fils-Aime points out that they successfully marketed the Wii and Game Cube alongside each other, as well as the Gameboy Advance and the Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo Wii U was shown off at E3 2011, featuring an iPad-like tablet controller that acted as a motion controller, a handheld controller and a display for showing secondary information — for instance, during a racing game the player might see a track outline on the tablet while the typical car racing view showed on screen.

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