There has been rumors going on about the official release date of Wii U release, which was rumored to be November 18. This date was leaked by game accessory maker PDP at the GameStop Manager conference.
At the conference, PDP was displaying their latest and greatest, when all of a sudden, PDP supposedly claimed that their merchandise would be releasing ahead of the Wii U’s November 18 release. So, that is how the news really came out. However, PDP they changed the subject very quickly once they realized what they said.
PDP Community Manager Candace Hinton replied to the report telling that “at this time we can’t confirm Nintendo’s dates and we don’t know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that this point. We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn’t mean a confirmation on the hardware. If you seek confirmation on the date that is something that is going to need to go specifically though Nintendo, but we can’t confirm or deny dates on any of their hardware.”
Nintendo plans to reveal information about the Wii U’s launch at an event that is taking place in New York City on September 13. The November 18 release date was highly speculated as the release date is Sunday that is just before the Black Friday.
PDP’s Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, William Otte released an official statement regarding the rumors going around about the Nintendo Wii U’s release date and it went on something like this.
“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.”
While clearly denying the rumors, there is not much that can be said after reading this statement. However, customers can speculate about November 18 being the real release date of Wii U’s release because all the facts point that it is going to be released on November 18.
However, how clear and certain these rumors are, cannot be confirmed at the moment because although PDP did released this rumor and created a hype about the release of Wii U, but since it is denying having any knowledge of Wii U’s launch only means that they just might be trying to save themselves for leaking information.