We're Not Buying New Fast-Spreading Wii U Launch Date Rumor [UPDATE]

You might have read rumors swirling around the Internet today that suggest the Wii U will be out on November 18.

Multiple gaming websites, such as GameSpot and Eurogamer, have reported on the rumor, which originated at the website Wii U Daily. Wii U Daily says it obtained an e-mail from a Japanese retailer that confirms the release date.

One glance at Wii U Daily should be enough to make you question the website's veracity. The site claims that Rockstar said it would bring Grand Theft Auto V to Wii U in 2013, citing a "financial report" from the Manhattan-based developer. No other website has reported on this "financial report," nor is it available on either Rockstar or parent company Take-Two's websites.

Based on this information, we're skeptical of this website's latest report. Although November 18 certainly sounds like a plausible release date for the Wii U, we're not buying this one without better proof.

We reached out to both Wii U Daily and Nintendo for comment, and will update should either party choose to respond.

Update: Wii U Daily editor Joe Ellis replied to an e-mail from Kotaku, saying they couldn't share the Japanese retailer's e-mail "out of respect to their source." Ellis said a few other sites "have run with" the Grand Theft Auto report, pointing to this story on GamesIndustry.biz.

However, GamesIndustry.biz cites an analyst's report, not the "new financial report from Rockstar" that Wii U Daily cited for its story.

Wii U launch date set for November 18, 2012: Report [Wii U Daily]