Nintendo has had kind of a rough go of it lately. After pretty much everyone on the planet bought a Wii and DS, the 3DS launched to a slow start and anticipation for its Wii U console seems tepid at best. You tell me — are you excited? Here's what you can expect when the Wii U lands in November in the U.S.
So, the deets: Nintendo is releasing the Wii U in the U.S. first on November 18, and in Japan on the December 8. (That may sound backward, but as Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek points out, "Nintendo launched the original Wii first outside of Japan, too.")
The Wii U will come in two flavors: just the basics for $300, and a ton of goodies for $349.
For $300, you get the console, a controller, HDMI cable, sensor bar for the controller and 8GB of storage. Shelling out that extra $50 gets you 32GB of memory, a Game Pad charging cable (so you can charge while you play, most likely), a charging cradle for it and a copy of NintendoLand, which bundles a bunch of classic Nintendo titles in a theme park-like package. Engadget's Ben Gilbert reports that the Wii U will also allow you to add storage yourself, meaning you could buy an external hard drive and plug it into the system.
For that $350, you'll also be enrolled in Nintendo Direct, where the points you earn playing games can be used to buy goodies. What kind of goodies? Who knows, but it sounds a bit like a digital Chuck E. Cheese ticket counter.
As for what games you'll be able to play — you know, arguably the raison d'être for the Wii U — details are still unclear. Rather than launch titles dropping up front at launch, Nintendo is defining it's launch window as starting on November 18 and going all the way to March. Hopefully games won't crawl out the same way they did with the 3DS.
Titles you can expect to play sooner than later on the Wii U include big names such as Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Bayonetta 2, as well as Japanese favorite Monster Hunter. More Mario, compilation games such as NintendoLand, and heavy hitting franchises such as Skylanders are sure to follow.
So, will "U" get Wii U?
Via Giant Bomb