The internet is abuzz with news that Performance Designed Products accidental leaked the release date of Nintendo’s upcoming console during a GameStop managers’ conference in Texas. A rep for PDP was showing the company’s fall line-up at the conference and rounded things up by saying the peripherals would be available just ahead of the Wii U’s November 18 release date, according to an attendee. The company is now stating this as a mix up claiming they were referring to a certain mouse.
Now it seems the company is adamant on clarifying that the rumour is false stating the date was referring to Disney’s Epic Mickey 2.
Performance Designed Products (“PDP”) is aware of recent rumors posted alleging that PDP inadvertently “leaked” the official release date of the upcoming Nintendo Wii U gaming system during a trade presentation earlier today. To be clear, PDP has no knowledge whatsoever of the official Wii U release date, and thus it is not possible for PDP to have “leaked” this information.
During PDP’s presentation of our fall line of gaming accessories to customers at a trade event, we stated that our Wii U accessories would be available at launch. Much later in the presentation we showed our Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 accessories for the Wii and confirmed that the Wii accessories will be in stores by the game’s November 18 launch date. Connecting the Wii U launch and Epic Mickey 2 peripheral launch dates is inaccurate and false. PDP has no knowledge whether this is the official Wii U release date or not. – PDP’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, William Otte
Are PDP simply backpedalling? The date does make an awful lot of sense for the company as in the past it has released its consoles on a Sunday. November 18th, 2012, is also the final November Sunday before Thanksgiving and the big shopping event that is Black Friday. It’s doubtful Nintendo would consider a release date much later than that.
All will be revealed September 13th in New York city so the wait must continue. More as we hear it.