Full disclosure: I used to be a GameStop store manager. The job had its ups and downs, but I enjoyed it, most of the time. The rest of the time I wanted to kill both myself and you, the customer, preferably both at the same time and in ways that would end up censored on the evening news. With that said, one of the best parts of the job was attending the company’s yearly conference and learning a wealth of secret information before the general public. Oh, and also watching fellow store managers get themselves in trouble by posting that shit online like two seconds after the PR rep tells it to them.
“Just said at Gamestop conference. So pretty much 11/18 launch as everyone guessed, right? It’s not uncommon for accessories to release a week early but it’s on a Sunday and they mentioned a specific release date. Posting this banner as well just cause I FEEL LIKE IT”
That comes from the blog of some guy attending the conference, with the headline “PDP leaks 11/18 date for Wii U accessories,” which is sure to be the first of many leaks from Texas this year.
You see, GS managers theoretically need to know information like release dates, story details and pre-order bonuses for all your favorite holiday titles in order to convince you to reserve and purchase those games at their stores. So they hold this conference every year for all the store managers, and spend three days filling their heads with all kinds of tasty details about the titles they’ll be hawking. What managers really do there is get as drunk as possible at night and try not to fall asleep during the day, wait to see how many free games they’ll be getting, and run around like an idiot trying to stick to the events tight schedule yet still find time to smoke a cigarette after every presentation.
I assume this year will be no different. Presumably managers will not be told this, though they probably already know.
And so, with all those nerds in one place, secrets always get leaked. And they’re the best kind of secrets; the kind that are verifiable. These guys HAVE to be told the truth, after all, they’re the ones who make the money. Sure, the GameStop people tell them not to say anything, but we already see how well that works. So now we know the Wii U is coming November 18, what else will we learn this week? Stay tuned, as I fully expect information to leak from San Antonio like water from a sieve.
UPDATE: PDP’s PR firm reached out to us with the following statement from William Otte, PDP’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. It reads:
Performance Designed Products (“PDP”) is aware of recent rumors posted alleging that PDP inadvertently “leaked” the official release date of the upcoming Nintendo Wii U gaming system during a trade presentation earlier today. To be clear, PDP has no knowledge whatsoever of the official Wii U release date, and thus it is not possible for PDP to have “leaked” this information.
During PDP’s presentation of our fall line of gaming accessories to customers at a trade event, we stated that our Wii U accessories would be available at launch. Much later in the presentation we showed our Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 accessories for the Wii and confirmed that the Wii accessories will be in stores by the game’s November 18 launch date. Connecting the Wii U launch and Epic Mickey 2 peripheral launch dates is inaccurate and false. PDP has no knowledge whether this is the official Wii U release date or not.