During a presentation of PDP's accessory lineup at the GameStop managers' conference in Texas, a representative from the company reportedly let slip that their accessories would be available before the Wii U releases on November 18.
PDP quickly issued a statement to Kotaku that the date was said in error and that the firm cannot confirm the Wii U launch date.
It read: "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 at this point. We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn't mean a confirmation on the hardware."
Accessories for a new system typically launch at least a week before the system itself, so the early accessory dates are to be expected. However, what is particularly interesting about the leak is that the November 18 date was said for the system rather than a date provided for PDP's accessories.
November 18 was already the expected release date for Wii U by many analysts, as it is consistent with Nintendo's past console releases. Both the Wii and Gamecube were launched on Sundays in mid-November, November 19 and 18 respectively in the US.
The mid-November launch date ensures that the systems are on store shelves in time for Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year in the US.
Releasing the Wii U after Black Friday would be a huge risk for Nintendo, giving up a potential early sales surge from the bulk of users doing their holiday shopping. November 18 is the last Sunday in November before Black Friday.
Nintendo has still yet to announce the official price and release date for Wii U, both of which are expected to be revealed at a special conference being held on September 13.
The system's final launch lineup of games is also expected to be announced at the event.
Reports have indicated that the European release may be pushed back to later in the year.
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