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Nintendo Announces Nov. 18 Launch Date and Details for Revolutionary Wii U Console

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo today revealed full details about how the new Wii U™ home console and its groundbreaking touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller can revolutionize not only video game play but also the way people find and watch TV and video content. The new HD system will offer entirely new ways for consumers to play games and enjoy their favorite programming when it launches in the Americas on Nov. 18. During the launch window, more than 50 games will be available for Wii U, which will be offered in two different colors and configurations. The Basic Set will be offered in white at a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the Deluxe Set, which includes higher storage capacity, additional accessories and the new Nintendo Land™ video game, will be offered in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99.

At a special Wii U preview event in New York, Nintendo also unveiled Nintendo TVii, an application that will let Wii U owners in the United States and Canada find, watch and engage with their favorite video entertainment in fun new ways. Using the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii lets viewers seamlessly explore available video content from a variety of sources – including live TV, their TiVo DVR and video-on-demand services such as Netflix – all in one easy-to-use interface.

Additionally, Nintendo shared new information about dozens of games on the way for Wii U, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros.™ U, LEGO® City: Undercover, BAYONETTA 2, The Wonderful 101™, Capcom’s Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate and Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops II. New Super Mario Bros. U offers unprecedented ways for friends and families to play together and explore Mario’s world using the GamePad. Nintendo Land, which will be available as a standalone game or included with the Wii U Deluxe Set, is a virtual theme park featuring a lineup of 12 playable attractions based on Nintendo’s greatest game worlds, including The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Mario™, Animal Crossing™ and Donkey Kong™. As an added bonus for consumers, a Chase McCain LEGO minifigure will come as a special pre-order bonus for those who pre-order a copy of LEGO City: Undercover at participating retailers while supplies last. All of these games will instantly immerse players in a variety of new game-play experiences that are available only on Wii U.

“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.”

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.

Both configurations offer a wealth of one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences, including an online gaming community called Miiverse™ and the new Nintendo TVii application. Using the touch screen on the GamePad controller, 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.

The selection of third-party games on the way for Wii U will include some of the industry’s biggest names and most beloved franchises. Activision is set to bring several of its leading properties to Wii U during the launch window, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants™ and TRANSFORMERS PRIME™. Other third-party games coming soon to Wii U include Assassin’s Creed® III, ZombiU™, Rayman Legends® and Just Dance® 4 from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 13 and Mass Effect™ 3 from Electronic Arts, Scribblenauts™ Unlimited and Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive.

“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.”

Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or during the launch window*. (For information about third-party games, check with the individual publishers.)

Publisher Title
505 Games Funky Barn
2K Sports NBA 2K13
Activision Publishing, Inc. 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 Interactive Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Electronic Arts Mass Effect™ 3
Madden NFL 13
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13
Frozenbyte Trine 2™: Director’s Cut
Gaijin Games Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Majesco Entertainment Zumba® Fitness Core
Maximum Games Jett Tailfin™
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. 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
Shin’en Nano Assault Neo
Tecmo Koei America Corporation 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
ZombiU™
Rayman Legends®
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Scribblenauts™ Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition
* Launch window is defined as the period beginning Nov. 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.

Broadband Internet access is required for online features. For more information, go to http://support.nintendo.com.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

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13 Sep 2012 11:09

It can't come soon enough!! I hope third-party developers announce even more games now that the release date and price have been announced!

... I need to play Bayonetta now...
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13 Sep 2012 11:10

I feel for you USers who don't even have a Launch Titles list. :? :(
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13 Sep 2012 11:13

Still no word on whether our Wii shop info will transfer over? :(
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13 Sep 2012 11:14

TheSchaef wrote:Still no word on whether our Wii shop info will transfer over? :(

Japan conference said that it will.
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13 Sep 2012 11:15

@TheSchaef It will, It was announced yesterday.. You'll be able to transfer all your Wii shop games and apps.
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13 Sep 2012 11:16

RacattackForce wrote:
TheSchaef wrote:Still no word on whether our Wii shop info will transfer over? :(

Japan conference said that it will.


Confirmed since E3 2012 - the specifics just haven't been told and shown.
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13 Sep 2012 11:19

Good date and I like the price. It's not outrageously expensive (it's actually the same price the Xbox 360 was when I bought it back in 2008), and they have two models for different needs (Basic will most likely be bought more by the more casual sect of gamers, while the Premium will likely be bought more by the core sect).

I'm going Premium. Not just because I wanted the black system from the get go, but also because of more memory and the fact Nintendo Land will be a pack in with that model.
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13 Sep 2012 11:26

Nano Assault Neo...Hmmm very interesting.
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13 Sep 2012 11:28

Wii U: $300
New pants: $20
Bayonetta 2: Priceless
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13 Sep 2012 11:55

Bayonetta is SO going to be a timed exclusive. Expect to see it on 360/PS3 very soon. It'll be about as an exclusive as RE:4 was
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13 Sep 2012 12:11

ok 300 it is , i'm familiar with the euro change and all that , it's been like that for twenty years now , it's time to move on , in fact i even know a little bit about the real world politics behind that .
but 300 , great , i'll grab nintendo land as my first game , or something else i don't know too much to choose . The big winner in all that will be the eshop game (s)
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Anonymous
13 Sep 2012 12:17

I know this is a dumb question, but can the Wii U play DVDs.
I just placed my preorder and the guy at Gamestop said it was confirmed that it could not.
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13 Sep 2012 12:19

Seaphron wrote:I know this is a dumb question, but can the Wii U play DVDs. I just placed my preorder and the guy at Gamestop said it was confirmed that it could not.


It cannot. Nor Blu-Rays.

There's plenty of cheap DVD players out there...
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Anonymous
13 Sep 2012 12:22

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:
Seaphron wrote:I know this is a dumb question, but can the Wii U play DVDs. I just placed my preorder and the guy at Gamestop said it was confirmed that it could not.


It cannot. Nor Blu-Rays.

There's plenty of cheap DVD players out there...
I have a cheap one. It just seems kind of pointless to leave it out at this point.
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13 Sep 2012 12:23

@OmicronTurtle

you do realize that Nintendo is going to be publishing Bayonetta which means it is going to be a forever exclusive. Or until they sell off the publishing rights which is not going to happen
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13 Sep 2012 12:23

I knew it was going to be $350 :D
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13 Sep 2012 12:25

OmicronTurtle wrote:Bayonetta is SO going to be a timed exclusive. Expect to see it on 360/PS3 very soon. It'll be about as an exclusive as RE:4 was


If Nintendo is publishing it (which they are), I doubt it'll make the move to PS3/360 or the next gen Station and nextbox.
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13 Sep 2012 12:26

Seaphron wrote:
Chosenoneknuckles wrote:
Seaphron wrote:I know this is a dumb question, but can the Wii U play DVDs. I just placed my preorder and the guy at Gamestop said it was confirmed that it could not.


It cannot. Nor Blu-Rays.

There's plenty of cheap DVD players out there...
I have a cheap one. It just seems kind of pointless to leave it out at this point.


It's just an extra licensing fee we paying consumers could do without paying on top of the system [and I say this as someone who doesn't give a fig about Blu-Ray, and still watches DVDs].

komicturtle92 wrote:
OmicronTurtle wrote:Bayonetta is SO going to be a timed exclusive. Expect to see it on 360/PS3 very soon. It'll be about as an exclusive as RE:4 was


If Nintendo is publishing it (which they are), I doubt it'll make the move to PS3/360 or the next gen Station and nextbox.


The port-begging on GAF is amusing to watch.

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Anonymous
13 Sep 2012 12:38

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:
Seaphron wrote:I have a cheap one. It just seems kind of pointless to leave it out at this point.


It's just an extra licensing fee we paying consumers could do without paying on top of the system [and I say this as someone who doesn't give a fig about Blu-Ray, and still watches DVDs].

Huh. I did not know that. Makes sense though. Thanks for the info.
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13 Sep 2012 13:03

The price point for the 2 Wii U versions is not worth it for me. Because 1 i am getting married on saturday this week and the budget for that is tight, 2 sure it is hd but the basic set i would get if it was 250 and not 300 dollars, 3 if Gamestop has a very great trade in option where i could transfer my Data on my Wii to the Wii U that normally costs 349 then i'd gladly shell out most of the price if they knock off the rest in the trade in offer. Other then that i'd have to pass until the price drops.

Nintendo did not even take the Economy into account for most all US Customers like myself and for the reasons i listed above, i will have to pass until i can come up with the funds for the 349 version. Because they are making it seem as if they are saying hey guys here is the Wii U Basic in White with the stuff you could get on the Wii, But wait here is the option we will be supporting and updating the most Wii U Premium at the worst price possible 349.99 and we know that the us economy is bad, but we don't an F**k about it.

For me i'm passing on the Wii U for those listed reasons. Have fun realizing that Nintendo will be making another Ambassador program before the first year with Wii U is up those of you who got s**ked into the to costly prices.
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13 Sep 2012 13:29

Wow somebody's bitter.

As for me since I was never able to get a Wii and have been saving up for the WiiU i'll be picking up the system no matter what the price is.
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13 Sep 2012 14:31

I want more details about the TVii. What exact services does it have? it is just the usual suspects under a new name? does it do anything but put all the streaming services under one app?
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13 Sep 2012 14:46

So... let me get this right. There's no Wii Remote included in either of these versions, including the one that comes with Nintendo Land, a game that is based around asynchronous gameplay requiring a wii remote along with the tablet?

I get that existing wii users (who happen to have a motion plus or remote plus) will be fine, but does Nintendo not realize that this will piss off any new adopters? What happens when you pick this up for a family and realize the key selling point can't be fully experienced without another $50 purchase? I just really don't get this move.
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13 Sep 2012 15:49

And so it begins...

I'm getting the basic bundle. ^_^ Gonna have to rack up a lot of money or some Amazon.com gift card funds for this one.

For the launch games: Wow. That's a hell of a lot of games. Looks like the Wii U game library is all set and ready to grow even further with more third-parties announcing their Wii U games. :)
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13 Sep 2012 16:26

WolfLink22 wrote:The price point for the 2 Wii U versions is not worth it for me. Because 1 i am getting married on saturday this week and the budget for that is tight, 2 sure it is hd but the basic set i would get if it was 250 and not 300 dollars, 3 if Gamestop has a very great trade in option where i could transfer my Data on my Wii to the Wii U that normally costs 349 then i'd gladly shell out most of the price if they knock off the rest in the trade in offer. Other then that i'd have to pass until the price drops.

Nintendo did not even take the Economy into account for most all US Customers like myself and for the reasons i listed above, i will have to pass until i can come up with the funds for the 349 version. Because they are making it seem as if they are saying hey guys here is the Wii U Basic in White with the stuff you could get on the Wii, But wait here is the option we will be supporting and updating the most Wii U Premium at the worst price possible 349.99 and we know that the us economy is bad, but we don't an F**k about it.

For me i'm passing on the Wii U for those listed reasons. Have fun realizing that Nintendo will be making another Ambassador program before the first year with Wii U is up those of you who got s**ked into the to costly prices.



So................you're MAD that Nintendo is offering different SKUs, like their competition do?


The regular system is what I said it would be. $300. The "premium" system is just a different color, and has a bit more memory, and comes with a game, which explains the added price. It certainly would be NICE if it was cheaper. But I'll tell you now, the next PS and Xbox will be more than $300 at launch. So it's not THAT big a deal.

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