Find: Wii U launching worldwide in time for 'year-end season'

first next gen. 

Speaking to reporters in Osaka after Nintendo's earnings release today, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata offered the most specific information about the Wii U's various international release windows yet -- revealing that they're all roughly similar.

According to Reuters, Iwata said that the console will be released in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan "for the year-end season." Previous windows have placed the Wii U in 2012, and then in the second half of 2012. With that crucial timing in place, all Nintendo needs is a decent price and a few great launch games, and all the mistakes of the 3DS's launch can be avoided.