Sega Spills the Beans on Wii U Release Date?


Gamespot caught up with Alan Pritchard, Sega’s executive vice president of marketing, at the recent E3 and asked him several questions about the future of Sega, specifically its future on the upcoming Wii U console. The start of the interview went a normal as it could be, but somewhere in the middle, Alan possibly blurted out the official release time (not an actual date) for Nintendo’s next system.

Gamespot asked if Sonic Generations would be released for the Wii U. Mr. Pritchard responded with:

The timing just doesn’t work. Generations releases this November, and the Wii U is coming out next spring/summer. I think one of the things we don’t have to do, or reduce where possible, is we don’t want to port games. I think if there’s going to be a Sonic game for the Wii U, it needs to be built from the ground up. It’s more likely that it would be a separate stand-alone installment or in conjunction with a multiplatform release in the future. But to bring out Generations on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3, 360, and 3DS probably won’t be the best strategy.

Granted, this may just be what he thinks Nintendo’s plan is. But he didn’t say “will probably” or “should,” he said “is coming out next spring/summer.” That sounds pretty defining.

That being said, with a release time of summer 2012, Nintendo’s next system may give itself just enough time to establish itself as true force in the console wars. Any later, and they risk not being able to become a relevance piece of playable hardware. What do you think about this possible release date?

Source: Gamespot

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