Report: Wii U Pre-Orders to Start in September?
Yesterday, Nintendo started sending out invitations to a press event planned for September 13. The invite reads:
“Interested in learning more about how Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment? Join us for a presentation by Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime followed by hands-on game play and demos.”
The event is set to take place in New York and last for six hours, so there should certainly be plenty for game journos to sink their teeth into. But while Nintendo doesn’t mention that there’ll be a release date or price announced, September 13 is plenty close to holiday time, and it’d be flat-out crazy for the company to miss their chance to get some buzz going.
Not only that, but there’s some evidence that points to that information finally coming from the Big N: a post on GamesIndustry reports that a leaked employee newsletter from Best Buy indicates that pre-orders are set to start next month:
“Wii U cannot be pre-ordered industry-wide until September. However, through the magic of BestBuy.com, customers can sign up to be notified via email when pre-orders become available.”
It seems safe to say that September is the magic month. Personally, I’m actually healthily excited about the Wii U, and I know I’ll be pre-ordering mine. Sure, it may not be a bold leap forward in terms of visuals and processing power, but I’m intrigued enough by the possibilities of the GamePad that I’m willing to get in on the ground floor—something I haven’t done since the Dreamcast came out way back in 1999.
What do you think? It may not be a game-changer, but I do think it’ll be a “make games more funner.”