Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed, again, that the Nintendo Wii U will launch in Australia this year’s holiday season.

The Wii U, which sports high definition graphics, a touch screen controller and digital game downloads will also launch in North America, Japan and Europe at the same time. While Iwata did not specify the exact date for the launch, there were hints that it will come sometime after August.

Nintendo will announce the launch date and price of the console at E3 in Los Angeles this June. Launch dates and prices for other regions will be announced at a later date.

Nintendo copped criticism last year after revealing the new console; apparently some analysts and journalists missed the unveil and therefore misinterpreted the information the company announced. This time, Nintendo will host a series of meetings with investors and journalists the week after E3 to make sure everyone has the right information.

Other announcements for Wii U today involved some insight into it’s online offerings. Nintendo will allow gamers a choice to either download Wii U games off the internet, or purchase them in stores. Players can even purchase a download code in game stores that will allow them to go home and download the game straight onto their console.

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  • Nivlak Bifreið

    Bad news Nintendo just announced that the price of the Wii U will not be announced at E3!!!!!! (and I NEED to know how much I have to save)

    • AussieGamer

      We believe this was a misqoute… Here’s what Iwata actually said;

      “I believe that you are most interested in the details of the Wii U. Since the Wii U will be launched in Japan, the U.S., Europe and Australia in the year-end sales season…

      Therefore, we still have some time before the launch and I cannot say anything about the release date, price or the launch titles here.

      Regarding the Wii U, just as we have been saying until now…

      We will showcase the final format, and discuss the details and the software lineup for this year at E3 2012, which will be held in Los Angeles in the United States in June this year.

      Also, in the week after the E3 show, we would like to organize an opportunity where we can showcase the same to the Japanese wholesalers and financial analysts who cannot attend the E3 show. The people in our appropriate sections will let you know as soon as we have settled on further details.

      Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.”

      It’s likely Nintendo will announce the US price at E3, then hold a “Nintendo Direct” type announcement for more localised prises.

      • Nivlak Bifreið

        Thanks, if that is a misquote then I wonder what IGN will do afdr Nintendo says they misquoted.

        • AussieGamer

          Anoop Gantayat is a writer for IGN. He started this misquote on his website;

          The source was a guy on Twitter who was at the meeting, but he might’ve misheard or misunderstood what Iwata was saying (the Twitter account (!/gibbogame/) is an American (I think) who now lives in Japan)

          Of course, I wasn’t at the briefing, but it seems odd that Nintendo would tell the audience one thing, then write a completely different thing on their investors website…

          • AussieGamer

            Ah, sorry – to be clear, David Gibson (the Twitter source) works for Macquarie Securities – an Australian financial institution. Who knows how much Japanese he speaks, if any.