Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

All the Nintendo Wii U news you need in one place

4:15 PM on 09.13.2012 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
  @CTZ

A TON of Wii U news dropped today and there's a bunch of info out there in regards to the pricing and release dates of Nintendo's new console in North America, Europe, and Japan. You can see all our coverage on our Wii U page, or you can just read below to get all the essential info ASAP.

North America:

The Wii U will be out in North America first on November 18, 2012. The Basic Set will consist of a white Wii U 8GB system for $299.99. The Deluxe Set will run for $349.99, and includes a black Wii U, stands for the system and GamePad controller, and a copy of Nintendo Land. Both sets will include the GamePad, AC adapters, Wii U sensor bar, and HDMI cable.

There are 50 titles to be released within the launch window, which is between November 18 through March 2013. The full launch lineup is here, but we do at least know that New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Darksiders II, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be available on day one. 

Europe:

The Wii U will be out on November 30 in Europe, and there will be three different bundles to choose from. The Basic and Premium bundles are the same as the US offerings. The third bundle is a special ZombiU Premium pack, which is made up of the Premium Wii U bundle, plus the ZombiU game, a ZombiU skin, and a ZombiU Pro Controller.

As for pricing, that's up to individual retailers to set their prices. Here's what we know so far:

SimplyGames will have the basic pack for £209.99 and the premium pack for £249.99GAME has the basic for £259.99, premium for £309.99, and the ZombiU bundle for £349.99. ShopTo has the basic for £247.85, and premium for £279.85. Amazon will be carrying the basic for £250 and the premium for £285. Lastly Tesco has the basic for £249, premium for £299, and the ZombiU bundle for £329.

Europe does have a set list of launch day titles, and it looks grand. Europeans can expect New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, FIFA 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Nano Assault Neo, Trine 2: Director's Cut, and Toki Tori 2 on day one.

Japan:

December 8, 2012 is when Japan can get their hands on the Wii U. The Basic white 8GB version will be going for ¥26,250 (about $335), and the Premium black 32GB version will cost ¥31500 (about $400). Each version will include a GamePad, AC adapters, Wii U sensor bar, and HDMI cable, and the Premium version will also include membership into the Nintendo Network Premium services. 

Plus there will be a third console bundle! This Premium bundle will include Monster Hunter 3G HD Version, and a Pro Controller on top of everything else for ¥38,850 (around $500.)

As for launch games, Japanese gamers will be getting Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, New Super Mario Bros. U, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition, Nintendo Land, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Assassin's Creed III, Zombie U, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition on day one.

Fifa 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Sangokushi 12, and Sports Collection, Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, Dragon Quest X, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Rayman Legends, The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros., and Monolith Soft Project's new game will be coming out sometime after the launch. 

Everything else:

Nintendo announced Nintendo TVii, an interactive way of watching TV on your Wii U or GamePad controller. The Wii U can act as a hub box now, and connect to services such as TiVo, Netflix, and Hulu so long as you have subscriptions to them of course. There will be a lot of social interaction you can do through TVii as well, demonstrated in this video from Nintendo

Probably the biggest announcement to come out of this whole presentation other than the date and price was the news of a Bayonetta sequel. Not only will there be a Bayonetta 2 by Platinum Games, it's also going to be an exclusive to the Wii U.

Plus, there's the fact that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to the Wii U and 3DS in North America. Both games will share save files with each other, and there will be co-op between the two systems too.

Lastly, Activision announced their full support of the Wii U during the Nintendo Direct conference, revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, and more.

Here are all the trailers and additional new info we have for you on a number of games:

Does all this make you want a Wii U really bad? Well GameStop is taking Wii U preorders right now, and they're taking in trade-ins on your old consoles towards a Wii U. You'll get 140 for a slim PS3, $115 for an original PS3 or 360, $90 for a Vita or 3DS, and $50 for a Wii.

So now you know the price for the Wii U. Do you plan on picking one up? If so, which bundle will you be getting?






 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
The first person I block is the person who talks shit about Platinum
Torchman avatarTorchman
Even though your waifus are shit
Darth Wachen avatarDarth Wachen
Finally, a blog that I can call my own, I feel accomplished somehow.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Gonna be honest; this really made my day.
Rico the Penguin avatarRico the Penguin
I doubt I'll use it much but I'm totally fine with a block/ignore feature. Everyone has a right to speak, but I don't think anyone has a right to be heard. If this place played country music I'd want a mute button, basically :p.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Mall haul today (plus I split a BEAUTIFUL Star Wars Slave I with my brother). Any thoughts on Haze? Wanted to play it back when it came out and I had no PS3. For a dollar you can't go wrong!
Dreamweaver avatarDreamweaver
I'm not gonna lie, I don't feel "good" about the upcoming "ignore" feature. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the idea that people can mute other people because they don't agree with them. Spammers and trolls, sure, but not regular community members.
Gundy avatarGundy
Oh man. Those Next Gen transformations in Megadimension Neptunia are legit as fuck!
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
The first thing I do when I see clickbait is click on it and complain about clickbait.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Wow, uh, after having a lovely time with Kirby Air Ride, I decided to try playing some melee, for old times sake... I pretty much disliked my whole time with it. More details in a comment if I get around to it.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Help me gather games for a new blog series - "Worst Sequels Ever"
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
The backend code on the site so fun to read. Going through some of Julio's old stuff: if($vars["fappers"]){ $fappoids = 0; $_xt_loop_name = "fappers"; $vars["fappers_cnt"] = count($vars["fappers"]); reset($vars["fappers"]);
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Watching the second Guyver Movie: Dark Hero, starring David -Solid Snake- Hayter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Roie47-Cuk
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
You didn't think I forgot what day it is did you?
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Gonna retire the MOARgasmic avatar for awhile.
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
Will you be mine?
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Got out of Deadpool. It definitely was a movie with Deadpool in it. Some parents were shocked to learn it was also rated R for a reason.
Sarah Jane farron avatarSarah Jane farron
So... gender and biology. All I'll say here is please respect people and their identities and don't try to push assumptions as fact. It doesn't need to be said to most here but denying people their identities is pretty harmful and very unpleasant.
Niwannabe avatarNiwannabe
Any PS4 recommendations for a guy who can't afford PS+, since all I've got is Battlefront and there's next to nothing to do in that game?
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
if you were experiencing lag with the dev site today, can you please try again? I moved some js around and am loading smaller avatars for people. some quickpost photos are scaled from gigantic raw uploads so we are optimizing those next to zip things up
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -