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Reports Suggest Wii U will Hit Stores Shelves by April of 2012

Zelda on the Wii UBy now most people know that Nintendo has announced a brand new system called the Wii U. It’s a system that not only supports family fun gaming, but it’s also suppose to cater to the hardcore crowd in a way that the Wii did not.

When Nintendo announced the Wii U at this year’s E3, they showed people the system, the name and a few game franchises that will be coming to the system. They did not give people a price point or an exact release date. Although the exact release date is still unknown, new reports suggest that Wii U will be out in stores as soon as April of 2012. This is big news since most people assumed that they would be waiting until the holiday season of 2012 before they could get their hands on it.

What this means for Nintendo is that they get a nice big head start on their competition. For the first time in a long time, Nintendo will have a system with high-end, HD graphics. Some third-party developers have even said that the Wii U will be the most powerful system on the market.

Either way, this head start is going to be very important for Nintendo. Once Xbox and Sony release their next systems, they are sure to overpower the Wii U in terms of graphics. However, with a head start and a brand new controller, Nintendo could once again lead the other companies in terms of sales. This was something that Nintendo was able to do with this generation of system, even with the Wii being very underpowered compared to the other systems.

According to the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils Aime, the Wii U will share shelves with the Wii. However, Reggie says that he does not think that this will be a problem. He then said that the DSi and 3DS share shelve space now. Before that, the GBA and the DS sat side by side. There was even a point in time where the GameCube and the Wii were both out in stores. To put it simply, there is always a slight “overlap” with the old console and the new console.

Reggie went on to say that the controller for the new system is very unique in the way that it allows gamers to interact with their system. He then said that Nintendo has made it very clear that this is not a tablet, and it was never meant to be a tablet. However, that being said, it has a screen, it has a range of input buttons and it can deliver a great home console experience right in the palm of the player’s hands.

Of course, it is very likely that it will not take the Wii very long to fad out as soon as the much more powerful Wii U hits the scene. This is simply because the system is in HD, is backwards compatible with Wii games and accessories, and it has its own lineup of HD games. The Wii will simply become “obsolete” as soon as its big brother arrives.

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