Wii U launch details unveiled
Good news for those looking forward to checking out a new console from Nintendo: the Big N has announced their Wii U will see the light of day in retail stores November 30th in Europe.
The console will be released in two versions which are detailed below:
The Wii U Basic Pack features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white. The Wii U Premium Pack contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, and with 32GB of internal storage provides more space for downloadable digital content. The Premium Pack also contains a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.
The Wii U Premium Pack also features a reward programme called Nintendo Network Premium that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points*.
Existing Wii owners will be pleased to hear that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console – with neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii owners won’t need to repurchase peripherals they already own. For players who don’t already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar. Most Wii download software is also compatible with Wii U, meaning previously purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles will be transferable to the Wii U console.
On launch day, you’ll be able to get your Wii U along with one or more of the following games: New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, FIFA 13, Rayman Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect III: Special Edition. Nintendo also unveiled the full list of launch titles, meaning the first and third party titles available from day one or during the “launch window” which runs up to March 2013. Check out the full list below:
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mass Effect™ 3: Special Edition
Madden NFL 13
Trine 2™: Director’s Cut
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™2 Wii U Edition
TANK! TANK! TANK!™
Rise of the Guardians
Ben 10 Omniverse™
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
New Super Mario Bros. U
NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
LEGO® City: Undercover
Game & Wario
Aliens™: Colonial Marines
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™
Nano Assault Neo
Warriors Orochi®3 Hyper
Toki Tori 2
Assassin’s Creed® III
Marvel Avengers™ Battle for Earth
Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armoured Edition
Not listed above but also coming to Wii U are Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 produced by Atsushi Inaba. Known as Project P-100 at E3 and directed by Hideki Kamiya, The Wonderful 101 sees players combine the might of various heroes to fight off an alien invasion, while BAYONETTA 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed BAYONETTA™ and will be directed by Yusuke Hashimoto.