The Mysterious Nintendo Wii U Launch Window NarrowsS

Last summer, Nintendo revealed that the Wii U, its upcoming new home console, would be released sometime between April and Dec. 2012. That big window of time just got a smidgen shorter.

According to Japanese website Inside Games, Nintendo stated that the Wii U is slated to go on sale between next June and the end of 2012. Granted, only a few months separate April and June, but it does narrow the gap. Somewhat.

Nintendo will be showing off the Wii U at this year's CES convention in Las Vegas, a show, that CNet pointed out, Nintendo traditionally skips. The Wii U will be in demo form at the show, which is in Jan.

A release date will most likely be revealed at the year's E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. This year's E3 is in, wait for it, June.

The Wii U is Nintendo's next-gen console, and it features hi-def graphics and a large tablet controller.

Wii Uは来年6~12月に発売 [Inside Games]

(Top photo: Chris Pizzello | AP)