The release date for Nintendo's Wii U is likely to come in November, and a new leak indicates that the long-time gaming company is preparing for the launch. Marketing for the Wii U, complete with images of games for pre-order and technical specs from the box itself, has allegedly leaked online.
The series of images surfaced on Maximum Geek on Thursday. Nintendo has not confirmed the purported photos of the boxing and specs for its Wii U console, and has yet to comment on the matter. The user who uploaded the photos says he took them at the Nintendo Experience at EB Games and has seen other stores with these items.
The advertisement does not reveal the official release date for the Wii U, but says "New from Nintendo Coming 2012," urging fans to pre-order. This could indicate that Nintendo may be ready to start rolling out pre-order sales for the Wii U very soon. Games available for pre-order according to the alleged photos include the following:
- "Nintendo Land"
- "LEGO City"
- Super Mario Bros. Wii U"
- "Just Dance 4"
- "Wii Fit U"
- "Sports Connection"
- "Assassin's Creed 3"
- "Pikmin 3"
- "Darksiders 2"
The reportedly leaked image also reveals what is believed to be the official tech specs for the Wii U. The list appears to be on the back of the packaging for the Wii U, and says the following:
Size: Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long
Weight: Approximately 3.41 pounds
Wii U GamePad: The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2 inch 16.9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks. Inputs include u+ Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, SELECT button, +/START button and TV CONTROL button. The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).
Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.
Other Controllers: The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, ad Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.
Appearance: The new console features a compact design that will make it a natural addition to any home entertainment setup.
CPU: BM power-based multi-core processor
GPU: AMD Radion-based High Definition GPU
Storage: Wii U uses an internal flash memory. It also supports SD memory cards and external USB storage.
Media: Wii U and Wii optical discs.
Wii Compatibility: Nearly all Wii software and accessories can we used with the Wii U.
Some of the text on the back of the alleged Wii U box is hard to make out since the image is a little blurry at certain points, but that is the overall list of specs. There are also photos of the packaging for the Wii U Pro Controller, which looks similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 controller.
The retail advertisements did not reveal any information about the Wii U's price, but the cost is believed to be announced in September, according to TG Daily.
"It is tough to pinpoint any type of expectation when Nintendo themselves are being incredibly vague about it," EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich said to TG Daily. "Considering the potential for PS3/Xbox 360 price cuts this holiday, it is understandable that they are keeping their cards close to their chest."
Earlier this week it was also reported that pre-orders for the Wii U will allegedly begin next week for a "Black Friday" release in November. This information comes from a GameStop employee who reportedly spoke with Go Nintendo, as GameZone reports.
Until Nintendo makes an official announcement, it the release date and price of the Wii U are uncertain. The console is expected to push out between 4 million and 5 million units during the Wii U launch window, experts say.
Be sure to check out the reportedly leaked photos for yourself over at Maximum Geek.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...