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Wii U release date leaked by Japanese retailer - report

US gets it one week before Japan, says internal email.

Nintendo's new Wii U home console launches in the US on Sunday 18th November, according to a leaked internal email from a leading Japanese retailer.

As picked up by WiiUDaily, the memo in question was circulated among staff at the Tokyo-based store before finding its way into the wild.

According to the email, a Japanese launch apparently follows a week later, though there was no mention of a European date.

The original Wii launched in the US on 19th November 2006, also a Sunday, with Japanese gamers getting it two weeks later and Europe three weeks later.

Nintendo is expected to offer up more details about the launch during this year's E3 show in Los Angeles during the first week of June.