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The Future of Nintendo: How Wii U might be Nintendo's biggest gamble yet

And Everything we know about Wii U so far...

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So we're reasonably certain about Wii U's specs, and what Nintendo's online strategy will entail, but which games will we be playing at launch? Well, a couple of titles have been strongly suggested by retailer GameStop - film tie-in Rise Of The Guardians as well as Ben 10: Omniverse - but there will obviously be some better quality first-party stuff available too, including NSMB Wii U and Pikmin 3.

Many more, less dubious titles such as Darksiders II, Assassin's Creed III, ZombiU and Rayman Legends are also listed with a vague 2012 release date next to them. November is the date many are pegging for the US launch of the console itself - specifically, 'Black Friday' week, which occurs around Thanksgiving. It's historically been a popular time for Nintendo: Wii, Skyward Sword, and many other huge releases were let loose upon the world during that period. As for the UK, manufacturing issues are rumoured to be holding it back until December, when, from what we've heard, it will probably launch for around £250.

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Compare that line-up with the 3DS release schedule, and the handheld's immediate future suddenly seems a little bleak. Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Epic Mickey are the only real lights on the horizon - except for Imagine Horsez, of course. So, it's an uncertain future for Nintendo, then, but if the GameBoy, DS and Wii have taught us anything up to this point, it's that the unknown is where Nintendo thrives.

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