Nintendo today revealed full details about its upcoming Wii U home console and its touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller can.
The new HD system will launch 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.
“The wait is almost over,” Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime boasted. “in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history”
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 using the GamePad controller.
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 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.
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.
Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or before March 31st, 2013.
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Ben 10: Omniverse™
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mass Effect™ 3
Madden NFL 13
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13
Trine 2™: Director’s Cut
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Zumba® Fitness Core
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition
TANK! TANK! TANK!™
New Super Mario Bros.™ U
NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge
LEGO® City: Undercover
Wii Fit™ U
Game & Wario™
The Wonderful 101™
Aliens: Colonial Marines™
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Nano Assault Neo
WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
Wheel of Fortune®
Toki Tori 2
Assassin’s Creed® III
Just Dance® 4
Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth
Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition