We’ve previously heard hints at a November Wii U launch date, but according to sources, Europeans will have to wait an extra month. While North America and Japan are likely to get the Wii U this November, there are rumors of a delay for Europeans. Specifically, the delay is said to be caused by a manufacturing difficulty relating to the Wii U GamePad controller. According to the source, the manufacturing issue is the reason Nintendo has yet to announce a Wii U release date.
Manufacturing delays and issues are quite common with new video game consoles and consumer electronics in general. The Wii U tablet controller is the most advanced and most expensive video game controller ever made, with a touchscreen, NFC chip, motion sensors, wireless technology, etc. Therefore, it’s no surprise that problems could arise during any stage of development and manufacturing. Despite the delay in Europe, the source says that Nintendo is “determined” to launch the Wii U in North America in time for the Holiday shopping season before Thanksgiving. It wouldn’t be the first time a Nintendo console was delayed in Europe: the GameCube launched a full 6 months after it was available in Japan and North America.
Nintendo previously confirmed that the Wii U launch date and price, and even console colors, will be announced in September.