As far as the videogame world is concerned, last week belonged to Nintendo as the company further unveiled its Wii U home console with concrete release date and price details during no less than three Nintendo Direct media events held around the world!
Not only do we now know when to expect the Wii U, we also know what kinds of games we’ll be playing at launch as a host of publishers, big and small, pledged their support for Nintendo’s console with impressive line-ups, with a few exclusives thrown into the mix, too.
Wii U Basic and Deluxe Models
At launch, the Wii U will be available in two versions – the Basic and Deluxe models. As standard, however, the Wii U will make use of proprietary 25GB game discs which read at 22.5 MB per second, while Nintendo has claimed that the console is roughly ‘20 times’ as powerful as the Wii.
Sporting 1GB of system memory and 1GB of game memory, the Wii U’s total of 2GB overall memory compares very favourably to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation which have 512MB, split across games operating system management.
Wii U will be fully backwards compatible with Wii hardware and software, and you’ll also be able to re-download and play your collection of WiiWare and Virtual Console games on the system.
You can have a look at the accessories and packaging of the Wii U over here, but continue on down below to see what you’ll get in each version of the console:
Wii U – Basic Model
The Wii U will initially be available in white with 8GB of internal flash memory for storage purposes in the Basic model, which is where you’ll save game data and content downloaded from the Nintendo Network.
The package includes a Wii U, Wii U GamePad, a stylus, Wii U AC adapter, Wii U GamePad AC adapter and an HDMI cable.
Wii U – Deluxe Model
The Deluxe model Wii U will come standard with 32GB of internal flash memory, and will be available in black.
The package includes a Wii U, Wii U GamePad, a stylus, Wii U AC adapter, an HDMI cable, a console and GamePad stand, a GamePad charging dock and a copy of Nintendoland.
Wii U Launch Date and Price
Nintendo will be staggering the launch of the Wii U around the world as the US, Europe and South Africa, and then Japan all take turns to host respective launches of the console – here are the essential price and date details:
Launch Date: November 18th
Basic Model Price: $299.99
Deluxe Model Price: $349.99
Europe and South Africa
Launch Date: November 30th
Basic Model Price: No official price set
Deluxe Model Price: No official price set
Launch Date: December 8th
Basic Model Price: 26 250 yen (£210/$338)
Deluxe Model Price: 31 500 yen (£252/$405)
Wii U Exclusive Games and Launch Line-up
We all know by now that a console is only as good as its games, and its initial success is coloured by the strength of its launch line-up, so how does the Wii U hold up?
Very, very well. With a confirmed launch line-up of over 15 games (and more promised to follow), including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, FIFA 13, Rayman Legends and ZombiU.
From launch day until the end of March 2013, however, Wii U owners can expect a massive amount of support from publishers like Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Tecmo Koei, Namco Bandai, SEGA, Warner Bros. Interactive and more, with exclusives like Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101, as well as first party titles like Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario due for release.
Here’s the full list of games due out over the next few months for the Wii U:
Wii U: Publisher Support
If you were worried about third-party publisher support for the Nintendo Wii U, don’t be, because major publishers from around the world are coming to the console’s aid with their very best games – find out what Ubisoft, EA and Activision will be bringing to the Wii U table at launch and over the next few months:
Wii U: Exclusive Games and Unique Titles
So we know the launch dates and prices of the Wii U, and we know that publisher support for Nintendo’s console is high… but about some unique exclusives and unique twists on existing games?
There are a lot planned for Wii U! Here’s a look at just a few of them:
So now that you’re armed with all of this extra Wii U information, how do you feel about the console? Are you excited about its release in November? Will you be picking one up?
What are your most anticipated games for Nintendo’s next gaming device and what features of the Wii U do you think will make the biggest splash?
It’s going to be an interesting fight!