After little fears and rumoured rumblings that we might not see the Wii U until early next year, Satoru Iwata stated in an investor call early this morning that Nintendo will release the Wii U this holiday season in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.
The Wii U is all set for a re-reveal at E3 in June, where Nintendo might be hoping for something of a do-over, considering the confusion with which the console was met last time.
Dev kits are already in the hands of studios, but little is still known about the possible launch line-up. Super Smash Bros. Universe is in development, but there's precious little knowledge on any of the other first party titles that'll be accompanying the release of Nintendo's new albino box this winter.
Third parties such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, THQ and Warner Bros. have indicated that the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Darksiders II, Metro: Last Light, and Batman: Arkham City will feature at some stage on the new console.
It was reported yesterday from a Develop source that the Wii U would be twice as powerful as the Xbox 360, but that this might be lower than Nintendo had originally suggested to studios. Either way, studios are being forced to keep a tight lid on the specifications of the machine. [via andriasang]