Wii U GamePad (Photo : Nintendo)
Let's get the essential information out of the way to start: the Wii U will launch on November 18 in the US with a basic set the costs $299.99 and a deluxe version priced at $349.99.
The Basic is white and will have 8 GB of memory and come bundled with a sensor bar, AC adaptor, and a HDMI cable. The deluxe is black and will have 32GB of memory, and supplements the basic option with a copy of Nintendo Land, a GamePad charging cradle, and stands for the GamePad and console. In Europe, the console will release on November 30 and in Japan on December 8.
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The Japanese basic is priced at ¥26,250, and the deluxe at ¥31,500. The two games concretely set to release at the Wii U's launch are New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand, which will be available digitally as well.
For those interested in specs, details remain sparse but the Big N confirmed 1GB of system memory, 1GB of game memory, 1080p functionality, and game discs that can hold 25GB worth of information.
Nintendo seized journalists' attention when they announced a new feature called "Nintendo TVii" at their NYC press conference. Nintendo TVii integrates several video streaming services into the Wii U Game Pad, allowing users to have a "second screen experience" while viewing content on Nexflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and TiVo. The GamePad will grant gamers control of their DVR devices with the controller; however it is currently limited to TiVo only. Nintendo TVii is included at no additional charge with both basic and deluxe bundles.
Now let's get to the important part of the conference, the games. Platinum Games unexpectedly announced Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U, a sequel to the critically acclaimed original. Although no release date estimate was given, this game is undoubtedly an appeal to the core gaming crowd. The developer also announced an update to Project 100, a promising game that was announced at E3 2012 for the system. The project is now entitled The Wonderful 101. Look for the trailer below.
53 games were announced for the "launch window," which ranges from November 18 to the end of March.
The Wonderful 101 Trailer
Bayonetta 2 Trailer
Nintendo TVii Video