Thursday morning, Nintendo had a press conference in New York City where they revealed the important details that everyone has been waiting for about the Wii U. Let’s cut to the chase and talk about the most important details.
The Wii U will launch in the US on November 18th.
There will be two SKU’s on launch.
The Wii U Basic Set will launch at $299.99 and contain a white Wii U, 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable.
The Wii U Deluxe Set will retail for $349.99 and contain a black Wii U, all the components of the Basic Set, a copy of Nintendo Land, an increased 32 GB of internal storage, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a vertical GamePad stand. They will also be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion.
The online community will be called the Miiverse.
Using the Nintendo TVii application, players can use the GamePad controller to control subscription services like cable and satellite channels, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and their recorded TiVo files.
The launch window which goes from November 18th, 2012 to March 31st, 2013 will the 51 games listed below (sorted by developer).
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Ben 10: Omniverse™
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mass Effect™ 3
Madden NFL 13
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13
Trine 2™: Director’s Cut
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Zumba® Fitness Core
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition
TANK! TANK! TANK!™
New Super Mario Bros.™ U
NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge
LEGO® City: Undercover
Wii Fit™ U
Game & Wario™
The Wonderful 101™
Aliens: Colonial Marines™
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Nano Assault Neo
Tecmo Koei America Corporation
WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
Wheel of Fortune®
Toki Tori 2
Assassin’s Creed® III
Just Dance® 4
Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth
Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition
At the event, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said, “The wait is almost over — in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history…With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”
The Flickcast already has it’s preorder in for the Wii U and if you want one, you better too otherwise supplies may be in high demand like they were with the launch of the Wii. Stick to the Flickcast for more Wii U news.
And as an added bonus, check out images from the event, the box art for Activision’s 007 Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Skylanders Giants as well as some screen shots for Transformers Prime all coming to the Wii U.