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Nintendo Wii U: UK & European Release Date & Price Will be Confirmed This Thursday

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The Gadget Helpline has just received official word from Nintendo that confirmation of the new Wii U console’s release date and price in the UK and Europe will arrive via a special preview this Thursday (13th September) through Nintendo Direct – the very same day that America finds out these details for it’s own big launch when President Reggie Fils-Aimes takes to New York City to make the anticipated announcement (for original article see below the image).

The email reads:

“Nintendo today announced the next European edition of Nintendo Direct. The Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website on 13th September from 3pm (UK time) and sees Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata take a closer look at the upcoming Wii U console.

The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another.”

[Original Post – August 22, 2012:]
Nintendo really stole the show at this year’s E3 Expo back in June. Since teasing us with the finished Wii U – a console heralded as a ‘living room revolution’ – and answering the question of if the gaming giant could deliver the goods after a somewhat disappointing first outing for the console a year earlier we were still left without the answer to one of the most important questions of all – when will it be out..?

It appears we will soon have that answer – at least as far as U.S gamers are concerned. Nintendo is set to address the mystery of the release date (previously confirmed as pre-‘holidays’) and more on September 13th at a special Wii U preview event in New York presented by Nintendo of America President and frontman Reggie Fils-Aime .

At this event we’re expecting to get the final date and price for the new Wii U, which features graphic improvements, the innovative new touchscreen gamepad offering a second platform for play and the traditional family and friends fun which made the original Wii a household name – this as well as the official word on the first line-up of games from publishing partners such as Ubisoft.

Our avid readers may remember that a list of 25 potential release day titles were leaked from the Blockbuster database including names such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Batman: Arkham City – Armoured Edition. Nintendo itself has been showing of games such as party game NintendoLand and ZombiU at recent trade and tech events and we’re hoping these will be available from day one.

To recap on Nintendo’s triumphant return to the E3 Expo this year with reveal of the final Wii U you can check out our  feature – Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

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