Nintendo revealed an absolute ton of information about the Wii U today, including launch details for every territory and new game details. Here’s everything that happened during the Japanese, North American and European Nintendo Direct broadcasts, all in one place.
LAUNCH DATE AND PRICE
The Wii U will launch in North America on November 18th, Europe on November 30th and on the 8th December in Japan.
It comes in two models: Basic and Premium. Basic comes with 8GB of memory, the console, a gamepad, sensor bar, HDMI cable and AC adaptor in the US, and without a sensor bar in the EU. Premium comes with 32GB of memory, console, gamepad, charging cradle and stands for the console and gamepad, and Nintendo Land.
Premium also comes with a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, which gives you discounts on Nintendo games bought online. According to Nintendo EU’s press release, it is “a reward programme that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points.”
The price in the US is $299 for the Basic and $349 for the Premium. Nintendo never announces prices for Europe due to previous issues with the EU, so it’ll be up to retailers to decide. Early listings ranged from £210 to £320. Tesco currently has it at £249 for Basic and £299 for Premium.
The launch day games in Europe have been confirmed as New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land, FIFA 13, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, Mass Effect 3, and Call of Duty Black Ops 2. There’s no definite list for the US, but we can assume it will be very similar.
The biggest surprise of the day was without a doubt Bayonetta 2 (yay!), which was announced as a Wii U exclusive. Wow. Platinum Games’ other Wii U title, cute superhero-strategy mashup Project P-100, was retitled The Wonderful 101.
On the multiformat side, Activision and Nintendo finally confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Wii U. Activision is also bringing Skylanders Giants to the party. We’ll be seeing Aliens: Colonial Marines in the “launch window” as well. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will have new, Wii U exclusive content - including Nintendo costumes and power-ups. An Ultimate edition of Monster Hunter 3 will be coming to Wii U as well as 3DS from Capcom. The full line-up of Nintendo Land mini-games is also now out in the open.
Nintendo released a list of over 50 launch window games in North America and Europe - that’s games released between November and the end of March. You can read the full list right here.