Sep 13, 2012

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Wii U Launches Nov 18, Starts At $299

Wii U Launches Nov 18, Starts At $299

Nintendo held a press event for their latest console, the Wii U, today. Not only did we learn about when to expect the Wii U to hit store shelves but also found out how much one will set you back. One thing to note is the rather impressive list of titles that are planned to be released on the spiritual successor of the Wii.

As with the previous consoles, the Wii U will be released in North America on a Sunday. The Wii U will launch on November 18th in North America and on November 30th in Europe. There will be two bundles to choose from. The “basic” one which will only come with the 8GB white console and one controller.  The “deluxe” bundle will include the 32GB black console, one controller, free copy of Nintendoland, charging cradles, and access to the Deluxe Digital Promotion. This program will allow online shoppers to earn rebates for downloadable Wii U titles. Both bundles include AC adapters, sensor bar, and HDMI cable. The “basic” bundle is priced at just $299.99 whereas the “deluxe” will be a bit more at $349.99.

New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendoland have been announced as the launch titles as well as ZombiU, Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, and The Wonderful 101. Other interesting things to note is the news of Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive, Nintendo TVii, and the long list of third-party titles set to launch within the time frame of the Wii U’s release in November to the end of March in 2013. The full list of titles is below:

  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Darksiders II
  • Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games
  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Funky Barn
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jeopardy
  • Jet Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assasult Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rise of the Guardian the Video Game
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Sing Party
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii Edition
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Transformers Prime The Game
  • Trine 2 Director’s Cut
  • Game & Wario
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU
  • Zumba Fitness

A bit more on the Nintendo TVii application is that gamers will be able to use the touch screen of the GamePad controller to access streaming videos and television shows from sources that they have subscriptions to, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and even recordings from TiVo. From the image above, we can see that the GamePad’s touch screen will provide ease in searching through the multiple services offered.

[Source: Nintendo]