According to an email obtained by WiiUDaily, supposedly from a well-known Japanese retailer, Nintendo's Wii U will hit shelves on November 18, 2012 in the U.S. and a week later in Japan.
While Nintendo has publicly said the Wii U would be out in fall 2012, the exact date has not been announced. Judging from the mid-November release of the Wii six years ago, it's definitely a plausible rumor, maybe even likely. Although, it's unclear from the source of this rumor whether the November 18 release date is an internal target date for Nintendo, or whether the company has committed to releasing the Wii U to the public on this date.
My two-cents: I'll bet this rumor turns out to be true, and E3 2012 is do-or-die time for Nintendo. The first public reveal of the Wii-U at E3 2011 was met by as much confusion as excitement, so between now and November, look for a huge push from Nintendo towards public acceptance and understanding of the benefits the Wii U can offer.
Also, it's worth mentioning that before the Nintendo Wii was released, when it was codenamed "Revolution," many gamers mostly thought it was going to be something ridiculous and totally useless, but the actual launch changed the face of gaming itself and it became one of the most popular consoles that has ever been released... so there's that.
What do you guys think? Is the Wii U going to come out of the box swinging, or is this a miss for Nintendo?