The anonymous source also said that the representative quickly changed the subject once they realized what they said. PDP community manager Candance Hinton said, “at this time we can't confirm Nintendo's dates and we don't know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that this point. We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn't mean a confirmation on the hardware. If you seek confirmation on the date that is something that is going to need to go specifically though Nintendo, but we can't confirm or deny dates on any of their hardware."
Nintendo responded shortly “We have nothing to announce at this time.“
If we consider that Nintendo likes to launch their major products on Sundays, November 18th fits perfectly. They also launched 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros 2, Nintendo Wii and GameCube on Sundays. November 18th is the last Sunday before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It would be no wonder if Nintendo would grab that chance to give boost to their sales.
[Ed – The date seems very credible and has been reported by many sites. Of course there is more to a console launch than a date. Without the pricing there will still be considerable speculation about the console and if it will be worth the wait or not. This year should be a very interesting one for new product launches, but with an economy that is still down across most of the globe we could see consumers overloaded with options and not enough money to go around.]
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