A presentation from gaming peripheral maker PDP may have inadvertently leaked the Wii U's North American launch date.
The company spoke on Monday at a GameStop managers' conference on all the goodies that'll be available to retailers this fall season. With the Wii U expected before the end of the year, a matching set of accessories was expected - and according to two anonymous sources at the event, during the presentation it was clearly stated that Wii U accessories would be "available ahead of the WiiU's November 18th release date".
Since then PDP has denied the leaks, noting how the company has "no knowledge whatsoever of the official Wii U release date", and claimed that the attendees could have mistaken the November 18 launch date for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2.
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.
Nintendo, as you would expect, "have nothing to announce at this time."
Both sources maintain that the November 18th date was clearly specified. It does fall directly before Thanksgiving/Black Friday in the US, so certainly a likely candidate - give or take a few days.
Nintendo of America are expected to reveal all during a press event next month, yet there won't be a European event at this time.