Finally we have some concrete details about the Wii U’s launch, via a Nintendo Direct conference broadcast today in Japan, the US and Europe, who all got their own dedicated show. After struggling with either my own crappy internet, or a massively popular stream (The NOE website actually crashed at one point), we are able to bring you all the details that you need if you are looking forward to the systems release.
First of all the all-important price and release date. The US will see the consoles launch first, on November 18th to be exact, which was the date that majority of analysts had predicted. Europe will follow on the last day of November, and then finally Japan on December 8th. The system will be released in two separate bundles, price at $299.99 and $349.99.The first comes with 8GB of internal storage, with the premium pack including 32GB, along with a pack-in copy of Nintendo Land and cradles charger for the Gamepad. In a somewhat strange decision considering many games will use them, neither bundle comes with a Wii remote. Perhaps Nintendo are hoping you will still have some lying around. UK and European prices will be set by retailers, but it seems we will probably be looking at £199.99 and maybe £229.99 for the premium package.
The Wii U Basic Set includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable.
In the Wii U Deluxe Set, components are black. This bundle includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. Consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.
In terms of launch games, New Super Mario Bros U has been confirmed as a title that will launch with the console, along with Lego City Stories. New Super Mario Bros U was confirmed as having a world map very much in the style of Super Mario World, in the same way that a lot of the graphics and stages seem to take their cue from the classic game. It was also announced via a trailer that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U will sport additional exclusive content, including costumes based on Mario, Link and Bowser. Other new titles confirmed for the system include Bayonetta 2 (Wii U exclusive), Wipeout 3, Monster Hunter 3G, 007 Legends, FIFA 13, Skylanders Giants and finally the one that everyone was hoping for – Black Ops II. The last one in particular looked very impressive being streamed to the Gamepad’s screen.
Some other Wii U features were shown off at the event, primarily the new Nintendo TVii application, which allows each Wii U user to have their own favorites set up and allows video to be streamed and watched on the game pad, as well as sports. The Gamepad can also be used as a remote control for your TV viewing as previously confirmed.
So that’s pretty much everything we learned today about the Wii U launch. No titbits of information about upcoming games past the launch window that runs through next March, and many were hoping for just a little look at the next Metroid or Zelda game, but at least we know the facts about the upcoming release. Has any of this news changed your mind about buying the console? Any of you guys planning on making a pre-order? Let us know below.