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Nintendo not announcing Wii U date or price at E3

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Nintendo has revealed that it will not be announcing price or release date details for the Wii U at E3.

Though the new console is still scheduled to release by the end of the year, Nintendo has said it will wait to announce the system's release date and price until some time after E3.

The Japanese publisher took a similar strategy with the Wii in 2006, announcing the system's release date and price during a September 14 press conference, which has led many to predict a similar September reveal for the Wii U this year.

Nintendo still plans a large showing for the Wii U at E3, where the console's final hardware will be present and playable. Its initial launch lineup of games will also be revealed, which is said to include New Super Mario Bros 2, Pikmin 3 and the newly leaked Rayman Legends.

First-party Wii U games, as well as 3DS games, will be available the same day both at retail and as downloads, the publisher announced.

Wii U will release in Japan, North America and Europe during the 2012 year-end sales season.

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