Nintendo Wii U will launch globally this year

Next generation console will hit US, Europe, Australia and Japan in 2012

Nintendo’s hotly anticipated Wii U next generation console will hit the US, Japan, Australia and Europe before the end of 2012

Nintendo will launch the Wii U in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan this year, according to president Satoru Iwata.

The news, announced during a Nintendo financial statement in Tokyo, curbs fears that any major territory will be left out when the next-gen console finally lands.

No official launch date or price has been confirmed, but more details are widely expected to emerge at E3 in June.