Wii-U release set for November; PS4 to arrive before next Xbox
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The big boys are at it again, and the stakes have never been higher...
It's birth was plagued by complications; it's unveiling received a mixed reception; and many believe the pressure on its existence is too great, a massive weight on unsteady ground. However, showing great work ethic and subsequent commitment to its product - an admirable trait of the Japanese work-force - Nintendo have (apparently) set a release date for its latest next-gen console, the Nintendo Wii-U...November 18th, 2012.
The news broke after Wii-U Daily "received an email" from a Japanese retailer (Akihabara-based Media Land to be specific) in which stock levels and a specific release date was discussed - Sunday, November 18, 2012 for North America and one week later for Japan. A European release date is yet to be confirmed.
It would seem Nintendo have a special place for the Sabbath - six years prior, or November 19th, 2006 to be exact - they released the Nintendo Wii. And yet, unlike it's predecessor, the Wii-U is unlikely to trigger a video-game evolution - in fact, many are concerned that this console may be make or break for Nintendo.
Meanwhile, it's all hands on deck over at the Sony HQ - the company have spoken of their "confidence" towards beating Microsoft to market this time around. In a bold leak, the company have claimed that their latest console will be available before Christmas 2013, beating Microsoft to the punch following their Christmas 2013 release announcement. However, as no specific dates are available within the public domain we must continue to work on speculation and rumour.
All in all, an interesting day for the videogame community. The pressure on each developer is monstrous - the Wii-U's failure could lead to an Enron-esque collapse; failing to arrive before the new Xbox could leave Sony trailing their American counterparts yet again; and as for Microsoft? Well, if the rumours are to be believed and the new Xbox requires a "constant internet connection", the company may see their market share slipping through their fingers. After all, do we really want Microsoft accessing our personal information 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Is there no-end to the invasion of our privacy?
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