Nintendo Reveals Release Date and Price for Wii U

At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, many people were confused and alarmed that Nintendo of America gave no real details concerning the most important questions surrounding their newest home console, the Wii U : when will it be available, and how much will it cost?  Today, at a press conference in New York City, Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime answered those questions.  As many in the industry (and many gamers) predicted, the Wii U will release in North America on November 18, 2012.  The price for the console will depend on which version consumers choose.

Nintendo has created two different options for the Wii U : Basic and Deluxe.  The Basic Set, which will be priced at $299.99, includes the following:

* WHITE Wii U console

* GamePad controller

* A/C Adapter for the console AND the GamePad controller

* High-Speed HDMI cable

* Sensor Bar

* 8GB Internal Storage

The Deluxe Set, priced at $349.99, will feature a BLACK Wii U console with 32GB of internal storage, and will include everything in the Basic Set PLUS the following:

* Nintendo Land, featuring a selection of twelve “mini-games” inspired by some of Nintendo’s most famous titles, including Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and more

* Charging Cradle for GamePad controller

* Stands for the console AND the GamePad controller

In addition to these hugely anticipated announcements, Nintendo also unveiled their new vision for how people will experience entertainment on the Wii U, called Nintendo TVii.  Uniquely personalized for each user of the console, Nintendo TVii brings live television, movies and sports to the Wii U using the GamePad’s second screen to interact with whatever is being viewed on the TV.  Those watching a TV program or a movie can use the GamePad to view specific information about what they’re currently watching via IMDb or Wikipedia, and other information about the cast will be available as well, all through the GamePad touchscreen.  Supported services include Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video.  Users can also use the GamePad to control TiVo boxes.  There is currently no information about whether or not additional video services will become available after launch.

For sports fans, Nintendo TVii allows users to view player stats, up-to-the-minute game information, and even scores for any current game, all on the GamePad.  During the presentation, the sports that were seen as “available” were Baseball, Football and Basketball.  As with the video services, no information about additional sports being added is currently available.

Finally, Nintendo announced that there will be over fifty games released for the Wii U during the console’s initial “launch window”, November 18 through March 31, 2013.  Here is the list of announced titles:

*New Super Mario Bros. U

* Lego City: Undercover

* Nintendo Land

* Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

* Game & Wario

* Sing Party

* Pikmin 3

* Wii Fit U

* The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100)

* Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

* NBA 2K13

* Warriors Orochi 3: Hyper

* Tekken Tag Tournament 2

* Zombi U

* Rabbids Land

* Just Dance 4

* Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth

* Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013

* Sports Connection

* Assassin’s Creed III

* Rayman Legends

* Darksiders II

* Jeopardy!

* Wheel of Fortune

* Nano Assault Neo

* Aliens: Colonial Marines

* Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

* Skylanders Giants

* Rapala Pro Bass Fishing

* Transformers Prime

* Scribblenauts Unlimited

* Game Party Champions

* Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

* Zumba Fitness Core

* Wipeout 3

* 007 Legends

* Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013

* Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

* Trine 2: Director’s Cut

* Toki Tori 2

* Funky Barn

* Ben 10: Omniverse

* Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

* Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade

* Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

* Mass Effect 3

* FIFA Soccer 13

* Madden NFL 13

* Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

* Jett Tailfin

In addition, Nintendo also announced that Bayonetta 2, the follow-up to the 2010 cult hit originally released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, will be developed by Nintendo as a Wii U exclusive.  This is great news for fans of the first game, whose hopes for a sequel were dashed when original developer SEGA cancelled the title.

All photographs courtesy of Nintendo

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