Wii U launching Nov 18th, $299 price tag, details on launch titles and more
Its getting close to crunch time for Nintendo’s new hardware, the Wii U. The biggest surprise is probably how long we’ve waited to get all the details, which tells a lot of us that the next generation console from Japan’s long-running video game manufacturer was probably changing a lot in its iterations right up until today. Skepticism aside, the launch window is now set in stone and we’d like to collect a lot of the important details right here.
The first thing many will be interested in is the release date and pricing. Nintendo is going for more of an Apple-style launch on this one. $299 gets you the base product: The Wii U console with 8GB of storage, the new screen-embedded GamePad controller, sensor bar and an HDMI cable. A second Deluxe edition will be available for $349 with a 32GB version of the console, charging cradles and a copy of Nintendoland.
I played some of Nintendoland at PAX and I thought of it being akin to the Wii Sports. A collection of mini-games that are fairly simplistic in design, but show off a lot of what the console can do. This sort of game is definitely required for the console as many of us are still a little lost on what this new controller should be doing for our games specifically. What I’m most surprised about is that the game isn’t included in the base SKU, where it is needed the most.
The controller will also act like a high-quality remote control for TV viewing in what they are dubbing Nintendo TVii. This service will use Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and even TiVo DVR to stream television shows and movies, controlled through the GamePad. The controller will act like a program guide to show what shows are available and recommend what to watch. It will also allow for personalized experiences depending on which Mii is loaded on the controller. Finally the GamePad will show a different set of information than on the show itself, such as sports statistics or liveblogging when watching TV shows like Modern Family.
Finally, the games. Probably the biggest surprise here was an announcement that Bayonetta 2 will be a Wii U exclusive. Critical to the Wii U being relevant in today’s console market, it was announced that the next Call of Duty title, Black Ops II, will be released on the console. Popular titles like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Skylanders Giants will be brought to the platform. We also already know well about ZombiU from Ubisoft. One I also noted was a new title called 007 Legends, which has Goldeneye gameplay, but features a bevy of different James Bond characters. The exact release dates for all of these games is still up in the air.
More importantly, Nintendo first party title details are also scarce, but we at least know that titles like Pikmin 3, Super Mario Bros U and Nintendoland are confirmed for the console.
And that’s it! Does it put our skepticism of the console to rest? Not really, but it does help on some of the points like getting more hardcore games on the console, more 3rd party titles on the console and supporting family-oriented gameplay with titles like Nintendoland. One thing I’m calling right now is that Nintendoland will be one of the more heavily referenced titles on launch because of its highly Wii U-centric gameplay.
Do any of these details help sell you on the console or are you still on the fence? Or did you never care in the first place?