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Wii U launches on November 18 in US for $299

Wii U launches on November 18 in US for $299

Thu 13 Sep 2012 2:04pm GMT / 10:04am EDT / 7:04am PDT
Hardware

Nintendo reveals the latest details on its upcoming console; Europe will wait until November 30

Nintendo has announced at an event in New York today that the Wii U will launch in the US on Sunday, November 18, with European consumers having to wait until Friday, November 30. The basic set will be sold for $299 in the US, while a deluxe configuration will be sold for $349.

The Basic SKU will offer a white, 8GB Wii U console, a GamePad, AC adapters, a sensor bar, and an HDMI Cable, while the Deluxe SKU has everything that Basic has but it's in a black color and it bumps up the memory to 32GB. It also comes with charging cradles and a copy of Nintendoland. Moreover, to push digital, Nintendo is including a Deluxe Digital Promotion in the higher-end SKU. This will earn gamers some rebates for downloadable Wii U titles in the eShop as they make purchases.

Nintendo's Bill Trinen noted that Nintendo is expanding Nintendo Land with new additions: Metroid Blast, and Pikmin Adventure.

Importantly, Nintendo introduced a major entertainment feature called Nintendo TVii. It shows Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus and TiVo DVR, all controlled on the GamePad. Zach Fountain, director of network business at NoA, was the man who led the TV project. Users will get a personalized program guide, which shows what's on DVR, live TV channels, Netflix, etc. It's all in one guide, and you can start a program directly from the GamePad, and then you can share info with friends. There's also a Mii in the upper left hand corner for a personalized experience for everyone in the household.

The view on the GamePad during live TV is also much different than what's on the TV itself. This offers viewers all sorts of extra information, and for sports lovers, plenty of stats to scroll through. Nintendo TVii is included with every Wii U at no additional fee. "It's always been our goal to maximize value with every hardware purchase," Reggie Fils-Aime stated.

After the TVii presentation, Nintendo dived into the games. Bayonetta 2 will be a Wii U exclusive published by Nintendo, developed by Platinum Games, and there's also a new collaboration between Atsushi Inabe and Hideki Kamiya called The Wonderful 101. Also, Capcom is bringing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to Wii U and 3DS next year, and gamers can progress simultaneously between the platforms.

Next up, Activision Publshing CEO Eric Hirshberg took the stage to show off what Activision has planned for Wii U, which includes Skylanders Giants, Wipeout 3 (based on TV show), 007 Legends, Transformers Prime - The Game, and most importantly of all Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

"We've never been able to deliver this level of realism on a Nintendo platform," said Hirshberg while demoing multiplayer, which makes use of the GamePad second screen to "really enhance the gameplay experience." The GamePad turns a local splitscreen into two separate full screen experiences. It can be competitive or cooperative. The game can be played directly from the GamePad without using the TV at all, if desired.

Hirshberg said you "really are getting the full CoD experience this November on Wii U."

Following the CoD demo, Reggie came back to note that Nintendo isn't ready to reveal the exact release dates of its games, so the company isn't providing an exact list of launch day titles yet. That said, Nintendo went through numerous slides to show how many titles they have coming between launch and next March.

Reggie closed out the conference by commenting that "Wii U will change the way you play games and how you watch television, and the agent of that change is the Wii U GamePad; it's the next advance in gaming."

We'll have a full interview with Reggie Fils-Aime coming tomorrow, in addition to more reaction, so please stay tuned!

25 Comments

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Looks like this will be the first Nintendo console I buy on day one, even though I dislike the vagueness of what's coming when. I could live without the TVii stuff and anything that's forcing digital on my gaming life, but as long as the games are coming from first and third parties (and I don't give a hoot about yet ANOTHER Mario game. It's-a you? Go home, or fix the toilet, please!), I'm aboard this train.

Still, I bet Bayonetta 2 as a Wii exclusive will piss off plenty of Platinum fans who were expecting it to pop up elsewhere. Off to poke around for a site taking pre-orders...

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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@ Greg

Wait; what? Bayonetta 2 - where is that mentioned? First I've heard of such a rumour!! I can't say that game alone would tempt me into getting a Wii U, but it would certainly make the console a lot more appealing.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Terence, it's official. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive...Nintendo is even publishing it.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 13th September 2012 4:30pm

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Christophe Danguien Games Developer, Bejig

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Well, people were complaining Nintendo hadn't had any serious mature game. This time they manage to get a Good mature game, and exclusive, so they're doing what people say they weren't, they cannot complain about every thing :-)

Posted:2 years ago

#4

David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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There were a lot of Sega game references in the first Bayonetta... I wonder if we'll see any Nintendo references in Bayonetta 2.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Craig Page Programmer

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No details yet on how much ram it has, or what resolution it will render Call of Duty at internally before upscaling to 1080p?

I think I'll wait five years for a Wii U Mario bundle to come out for $149.99.

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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No details yet on how much ram it has, or what resolution it will render Call of Duty at internally before upscaling to 1080p?
2 GB RAM. 1 GB for games + 1 GB for System OS. I suspect some of that System OS RAM will get freed up in time.

They said "Full HD" at 60 fps for Black Ops II. Full HD technically means 1080p but who if that is truly what they meant by saying that.

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

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Posted:2 years ago

#8

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I liked that Nintendo is really pushing the "hardcore" game stuff here as much as they're sprinkling the usual fairy dust about Mario and his crate of cronies. And, yup, Bayonetta 2 is real, alright. The trailer is just a teaser, but it's on the way. I'm not even a Monster Hunter fan (I have some issues with the controls), but I'm ready to give the series another attempt if that second screen frees certain things up for a smoother experience.

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

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They're trying... but personally I'm still not particularly moved. I guess I'm immune to the over excitement of console 'unveiling' these days. I can't see how it will further my life or game experience at this stage, but I find it far more appealing than its predecessor.

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Zan Toplisek

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None of the launch titles interest me enough to get one. I'll wait and see.

Posted:2 years ago

#11

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Ok Im seriously getting this on day one. The price is right to me. Way more I get for the value of a VITA. I hope it comes with a game, even if its nintendo land. But yeah Im really excited for it. Im not concerned about the software, Bayonetta 2 did it for me, Assasins creed, darksiders II, mass effect 3, New super mario bros U and even nintendo land. Its all got me hyped up. Yes I want it and badly. especially knowing that nintendos own games will come out in HD graphics.

But remember, Its the price point they gave it that made the differance. 300-350$ is fine and I like that they give you options.

All i wanna know is if you can connect an external harddrive for software installs. 32Gb doesnt seem like much.

Posted:2 years ago

#12

Ryan Leonski

25 7 0.3
I just preordered the Deluxe with New Super Mario Bros U and ZombiU so you can tell that I am definitely excited. Games did it for me and Nintendo TVii is a plus and the online sounds great at a pretty reasonable price point for a new console. Now I'm still wondering how much an additional Game Pad is going to be and am somewhat disappointed that I couldn't get the Deluxe package in white.

Posted:2 years ago

#13

Ryan Leonski

25 7 0.3
From what I understand you can install additional SD memory and also connect External Flash Drives from the USB. Though I do believe that also works with harddrives.

Posted:2 years ago

#14

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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All i wanna know is if you can connect an external harddrive for software installs. 32Gb doesnt seem like much.
You can use SD cards or USB HDD's. Add up a few TB's if you want.

And Nintendo Land is a pack in title for the premium model.

Posted:2 years ago

#15

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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@ Jim and Ryan - THANX!!!

Thank you lord... I was tired of SONY and Microsoft, selling premium prices for the same console just because they add in a few GB of hardisk space. It would be great if I can take it along, and use it on my friends console, signing in with my account of course.

Cause it sucks having to take my entire console cables and all to my moms house to play when my niece has a playststion. It would be easier to just take the hard drive.

I also want to know if the online features a user account. I stopped buying online on my Wii console cause they were tied to the hardware. If my wii ever broke or got lost I got no access to those games I buy. However with a network account that is not the case.

I think the premium pack nails it with the extra stuff and the extra game.

And the fact that everything is backwards compatible with the wii, really nails it in the right places.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 13th September 2012 7:39pm

Posted:2 years ago

#16

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Rick, I know that a Wii U can store up to 13 user accounts. But it's not fully know if you can sign into your account from another console yet or not.

But I believe that is what they are trying to do because they've pushed to allow you account access on your 3DS, PC, phone, etc...which would suggest you could also access your account on another Wii U.

Posted:2 years ago

#17

Ashley Gutierrez Animator

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I'm skeptical. This is what they usually do with new consoles, be it the wii or 3DS.
The console itself is nothing really special, even behind the times a bit. But they'll put a Nintendo published name with it that they know the core gamers will buy, and guess what?
The gamers buy the console and game, get all excited for more decent installments from Nintendo and...
then it ceases altogether.
Does nobody remember this for the Wii?
And the DS?
They release mostly shovelware after their initial release, because their primary audience is now the casual gamer.
And the way they get the core gamer to buy the console is to buy the ONE good game that they actually plan on making for the console. Ever.
I seriously have like....10 Wii games, and at least 5 are ports from Ps2 or GC.
And I have well over 60 for the 360.
The quality of games that Nintendo has been releasing is BS, and it's shocking how, yet again, EVERYONE is jumping on the Nintendo fanwagon because they're releasing a core game, 'exclusive' to Nintendo.
It's a shrewd and deceitful business move.
Why are you guys falling for it a second time?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Ashley Gutierrez on 13th September 2012 8:58pm

Posted:2 years ago

#18

Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor

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Ashley, you must be getting confused between Nintendo and the 3rd parties. Almost every Nintendo game on the Wii is an absolute gem... the shovel ware came from elsewhere.

And if you have bought ports for the Wii, then surely that's your fault not Nintendo's? I think you need to stop expecting consumer to make the same poor purchasing decisions that you seem to do.

Posted:2 years ago

#19

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I would agree to a certain extent that the firstparty Wii line-up was too full of casual-centric games, but the DS? That thing has got hundreds of cracking titles on it; it's got to be one of the best consoles ever in balance.

Anyway, bravo Nintendo for getting Bayonetta 2 exclusive. I wonder, did Sega abandon it and hand the IP to PlatinumGames, or do Sega still own it and Ninty are just licencing it out? Either way, these are exactly the kind of games they need to win over the core audience in my opinion. Very clever move by Nintendo; more of this please.

Posted:2 years ago

#20

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Whee, you all. Pre-ordered the Black Deluxe, but haven't decided on a game yet (there's still time), probably because I'm still amazed I pre-ordered a console (something I just don't do). Must have been Reggie's Hypno-eyes zapping me or something.

ZombiU will be my go to as a first choice, but I'm completely willing to play Arjham City all over again to see how the controller is implemented, Rayman Legends is going to be that go-to platformer (sorry, Mario!) and as I haven't played Darksiders II yet (something about the art style carried over from the first game is really unappealing to me and Death looks like Raziel on the PX90 program and steroids), I may see what that's all about (But I wonder if I can play Blindfolded, ha ha)...

Eh, whatever - glad that hard part is done, as I'm not going to be dumb enough to brave picking one of these up in a store around launch time. Based on a trip to two GameStops nearby to ask questions for an article, interest was pretty high yesterday after the official reveal.

Posted:2 years ago

#21
I got stung on e day one purchase of 3DS. I guess, in is instance, it's easier to wait it out and jump on the hype later :)

Posted:2 years ago

#22

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Dont know man, I was enjoying my Wii Towards the end of its life cycle, Xenoblade and The Last Story really left lots a good memories.

And no, i did notbuy a 3DS on day one. Thought it was to much for what it was. WiiU is differant to me in that aspect.

Portable console just dont satisfy my gaming needs like home consoles do. So I only spend money on a portable console if it doesnt cost too much. however I also have a cap on how much id spend on a console and thats 300$... So naturally when the VITA came out I did not even consider it. And honestly i probably will never purchase it. To me it was insulting at how hi they priced it.

Honestly im waiting for another price drop on the 3DS. However Im stocking up on games in the meantime.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 14th September 2012 4:38pm

Posted:2 years ago

#23
I'm definitely hyped now, and will be pre-ordering once the deals from JB/EB/ToysRUs come out. Could buy as many as 5 titles at launch - will depend on what titles are actually available at launch.

Nintendo confirmed WiiU supports USB hard disks (up to 3TB?). So no storage issues. Also confirmed it does full 1080p.

Only one thing I haven't liked so far: VC/WiiWare/Wii only running in "Wii" mode (no support for the Gamepad). WiiWare I can understand, but they *really* need to upgrade the emulator used for the VC games to support the gamepad. Being able to play VC games on the gamepad would be amazing (and should even support 2 different games on 2 Gamepads). IT would also be a big boost to their online offerings.

Bring on December!

Posted:2 years ago

#24

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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@Michael: I'd say that's the usual system launch blues, where they need to get that console out with as many new games as possible and will (hopefully) patch in support for those older VC games later. I'd also bet that it's not going to be an in-house job at all, as it will be up to whomever ported those VC games in the first place to implement any emulation updates. It'll keep people working for sure, but I'd hate to see someone get it wrong, as Nintendo will (fairly or unfairly) take the hit for any mistakes made.

That and I think Nintendo wants to concentrate on as many *new* games first so they can show off that GamePad (and justify the price point) when they finally start selling the pads separately in the US and EU territories.

Posted:2 years ago

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