Hints of holiday Wii U release date

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The Wii U is set for a release before the end of the year, but Nintendo has yet to formally announce a global release date. This may come at GamesCom or the Tokyo Game Show, but some new information has suggested that the release date will land right in the middle of Black Friday 2012.

Black Friday if you didn’t know is the one time of the year where you really should go all out on a spending spree. Video game software and hardware are usually available with amazing discounts, and we could witness a retailer dogfight in a few months time if the Wii lands during Thanksgiving.

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It’s not official yet, but GoNintendo has apparently received a tipoff from a GameStop employee who states that this is definitely happening. Since Black Friday will officially start on November 23, we could be seeing the Wii U become available the week starting Monday November 19.

Just to point out, the Black Friday sales relate to US consumers only, so there’s no indication on when the console will release for Europe and the rest of the world. Will US gamers be able to buy the Wii U at the end of November and then Europe perhaps sometime in December?

Given the infamous stock troubles that plagued the Wii launch, let’s hope that history doesn’t repeat itself for the Wii U. Nintendo should have learnt their lesson by now and it would be a disaster if gamers have to wait until 2013 to buy a Wii U due to stock shortages.

What are your initial thoughts on a Black Friday release? Are you prepared to line up with the tens of thousands, if there is a Black Friday ‘doorbuster’ deal available for the Wii U?