Manufacturing issues "hampering" Wii U global launch plans

by Nathan Misa Featured 14 Comments 22 Votes 750 Views 11/08/2012 Back to News

A new report suggests that the Wii U launch in Europe will be pushed into December, following GamePad manufacturing issues.

According to sources of CVG, the problems stem from the manufacturing process of the Wii U GamePad, an advanced controller which features a touchscreen display, motion-sensing functionality, Near field communication tech, a camera, its own power supply and the promise of it being completely wireless.

It is believed the manufacturing difficulties relating to the Gamepad have hampered Nintendo's plans to announce solid release dates globally.

The report states that Nintendo won't launch the console in the UK at least until "early December", being pushed from a November release window.

At one stage, another source who worked at a publishing firm close with Nintendo had told CVG that the Wii U might slip to 2013 for Europe, though it is now assured that "the 2012 deadline will be met".

CVG's same sources also believe that Nintendo is still pushing to release the Wii U in North America before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Source: CVG

By Nathan Misa

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Looking like a pre-order is a must. Could be the Wii launch all over again with nary a unit in sight.
non-existent release date delayed

rumours about rumours about rumours about nothing

sjt333 said: non-existent release date delayed
rumours about rumours about rumours about nothing


This.
All we had was 2012 so a 'delay' to December is hardly a delay.
I've always thought the PAL release would be in December.
It will be a bad move if this misses December and slips to 2013 completely missing the Christmas period I hope this doesn't happen.

winga26 said: It will be a bad move if this misses December and slips to 2013 completely missing the Christmas period I hope this doesn't happen.




The pre Christmas launch is a must they will sell an arse load of these during that time.
Personally I don't care and I can wait but hopefully Nintendo can work this out for their own sake.
Yeahhhh.....I'm gonna pre-order mine, now. :P
i preordered mine over a month ago

Blob said:

sjt333 said: non-existent release date delayed
rumours about rumours about rumours about nothing


This.
All we had was 2012 so a 'delay' to December is hardly a delay.



CVG's sources seemed to think so. :P

I think the news worthiness of the story is just the manufacturing issues of the Gamepad. Of course, it would be expected. Must be a pain in the ass for Nintendo to fix and co-ordinate, though.
Ya, missing holiday season might hurt the Wii U severely, like it did for the Vita (and saved the 3DS). =_=
Tano
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So I guess November release is off the agenda for North America as well? A December release is pretty risky. I'd have thought some time around November 20th. Once December hits retail is already into full Christmas sales swing. Historically December releases aren't good.

sjt333 said: non-existent release date delayed
rumours about rumours about rumours about nothing



I've never seen you contribute constructively to a discussion [Facepalm]

Beta said: So I guess November release is off the agenda for North America as well? A December release is pretty risky. I'd have thought some time around November 20th. Once December hits retail is already into full Christmas sales swing. Historically December releases aren't good.

sjt333 said: non-existent release date delayed
rumours about rumours about rumours about nothing


I've never seen you contribute constructively to a discussion


same for you

Beta said: So I guess November release is off the agenda for North America as well? A December release is pretty risky. I'd have thought some time around November 20th.


I believe they are still looking to launch before the Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales in the US. So mid November.
My real worry if there are shortages is a small market like us might miss this year. :'(

Beta said: So I guess November release is off the agenda for North America as well? A December release is pretty risky. I'd have thought some time around November 20th. Once December hits retail is already into full Christmas sales swing. Historically December releases aren't good.

Well America got the Wii mid-November whereas Japan, EU, the UK and Aus got it early December.

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