• Nintendo’s press conference just ended a little while ago where they revealed more details surrounding the Wii U.  The Wii U will launch in North America on November 18th, in Europe on November 30th and in Japan on December 8.  The console will launch with two skus with a “basic” bundle for $299 and a “deluxe” bundle going for $349 in North America.  In Europe the basic bundle will cost £199 while the price for the premium version wasn’t revealed (as of the time this article was being written).

    The two Wii U skus will include the following:

    Wii U Basic Set – $299

    • A white Wii U console with 8gb of internal storage
    • One white GamePad controller
    • AC adapters for both the console and the controller
    • A sensor bar
    • HDMI cable

    Wii U Deluxe Set – $349

    • Black Wii U console with 32gb internal storage
    • One black GamePad controller
    • AC Adapters for both the console and the controller
    • Sensor bar
    • HDMI Cable
    • NintendoLand game
    • Console stand
    • GamePad charging cradle
    • A stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on the table
    • Enrolled in “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

    It seems like a no brainer, right?  Clearly the deluxe version gives you more for your money but I’m sure there are some “casual” gamers out there and families where the basic version will suit their needs perfectly as well.

    “The wait is almost over — in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

    During the press conference Nintendo also showed off some of the titles that will be making their way to Wii U.  One of the bigger surprises was the reveal of Bayonetta 2 and that it will be a Wii U exclusive.  It was also revealed that Lego City Undercover will be a “launch window” title which was a surprise as well.  Some of the other titles shown off at the event included Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, The Wonder 101 (formerly known as Project P-100), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, 007 Legends, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  Nintendo also revealed the new Nintendo TVii application.  Utilizing the GamePad, Nintendo TVii users will be able to browse programming from sources they subscribe to, including cable and satellite channels, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and even their recorded TiVo shows – all from a single starting point.  TiVo has heavily featured in this segment of the press conference and it is not yet known whether other DVR services will work or not.  Hopefully they do as I personally have Comcast DVR but this might push me towards TiVo.

    “The integrated second screen of the GamePad creates new possibilities for how games can be played, and further reflects the innovation Nintendo has poured into the Wii U,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing’s CEO. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the biggest franchises, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime, in new ways made possible on Wii U.”

    It has also been revealed that the Wii U is fully backwards compatible with the Wii so you don’t have to get rid of your library of titles.  Additionally, your Virtual Console titles should be transferable from the Wii to the Wii U so you don’t have to miss out on those titles you have purchased over the past few years.

    Below is a list of titles that will be available either on launch day or within the “launch window” (in this instance “launch window” is through March):

    • 505 Games – Funky Barn
    • 2K Sports – NBA 2K13
    • Activision – 007 Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Transformers Prime, Wipeout 3, Skylanders Giants, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
    • Capcom – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
    • D3Publisher – Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game, Ben 10: Omniverse, Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
    • Disney – Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    • EA – Mass Effect 3, Madden NFL 13, EA Sports FIFA 13
    • Frozenbyte – Trine 2: Director’s Cut
    • Gaijin Games – Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
    • Majesco – Zumba Fitness Core
    • Maximum Games – Jett Tailfin
    • Namco Bandai – Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, Tank! Tank! Tank!
    • Nintendo – Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, SiNG Party, Lego City: Undercover, Wii Fit U, Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101
    • Sega – Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, Nano Assault Neo
    • Shin’en – Nano Assault Neo
    • Tecmo Koei – Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
    • THQ – Darksiders II, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy
    • Two Tribes – Toki Tori 2
    • Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Rabbids Land, Sports Connection, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, Zombi U, Rayman Legends
    • Warner Bros – Scribblenauts Unlimited, Game Party Champions, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

    As the day progresses we will have more articles up including trailers for some of these titles.  Additionally, it is being reported that places like Gamestop will begin accepting pre-orders beginning tomorrow, September 14.  What do you think about these new details?  Tell us in the comments section below.

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