All of the Wii U Launch Details Revealed So Far, Check Them Out!

Written by Adam Shear

Nintendo has finally revealed when they will release the Wii U and how you will have to pay to play.  To start off, the Wii U releases in the US on November 18.  There will be two different configurations as seen in the picture above.

The first one is called the Basic Set.  In the Basic Set, you will receive the Wii U system and GamePad in white, 8 GB of internal storage, HDMI cable, and AC plugs for the rather expensive price of $299.

The Deluxe Set seems to be more reasonable purchase as it comes with a lot more. In the Deluxe Set, you will receive the Wii U system and GamePad in black, 32 GB of internal storage, HDMI cable, AC plugs, a stand for the Wii U system, a charging cradle for the GamePad, and a copy of Nintendo Land for the still steep price of $349.  The Deluxe Set also gets buyers a subscription to a Nintendo Network premium service which gives players points every time one makes a purchase on the eShop.  These points can be used for discounts on future games or to get free games.  Details on the service have yet to be revealed.

In terms of accessories, very little information was revealed.  Nintendo will not have individual GamePads on sale at launch due to the fact that no game supports two GamePads yet in the US.  The Wii U Pro Controller will be available at launch for $49.   The Wii U also supports existing Wii Remote Plus controllers and Nunchuck attachments.  Aside from using your existing ones, Nintendo will also release Wii U branded Wii Remotes Pluses and Nunchucks.  Those should be in stores in a matter of weeks.

As for games, Nintendo did show off a lot of games.  Every Wii U game announced to date aside from Super Smash Bros. will be released within the Wii U launch window.  The launch window lasts from November 18th to March 2013.  The only Nintendo games confirmed for launch day are Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.  The rest such as Pikmin 3, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Wii Fit U, Game & Wario, Sing Party, Lego City Undercover, and The Wonderful 101 (previously known as Project P-100) do not have release dates just yet.  There will be over 50 games in the launch window with companies such as EA, Activision, and Ubisoft carrying the biggest loads of games.  At the end of the post, I left a list Nintendo provided containing all of the launch window titles, both first party and third party titles.  Feel free to look at them and find something you like.

As for built in software, Nintendo revealed the entertainment piece to the Wii U puzzle.  This piece is known as Nintendo TVii.  Nintendo did promise Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video at launch.  What was not known was that these will all be combined into one app which is Nintendo TVii.  Content is recommended to you based on what you watch on all of your services.  Aside from streaming services, you can also pull in information from your cable provider or Tivo DVR.  When you watch a TV show, a movie, or a sports game, Nintendo TVii has an augmented experience on the GamePad.  As you watch your show on your TV, you can interact with others watching the show on the GamePad with screenshots of highlights of the show appearing as the show goes on.  You can participate in polls, post to Facebook and Twitter, and leave comments for your friends watching to see.  It’s an all new way of interacting with what you watch.

In terms of upcoming games not in the launch window, Nintendo did have one big surprise.  Nintendo is already working with Platinum Games to deliver The Wonderful 101.  Believe it or not, there is a second Wii U title from Platinum.  That game is Bayonetta 2.  Bayonetta 2 will be published by Nintendo this time around and will be exclusively available for Wii U.

So, did Nintendo deliver?  I personally think that they delivered in terms of software.  Nintendo has a very strong launch lineup, even if we do not know yet what comes out on the 18th for sure.  The system is very expensive and I’m sure a lot of people will not even consider buying a Wii U until the price drops.  A price drop might take a while though because the GamePad is expensive to make due to that six inch touch screen.  There is still more for Nintendo to reveal.  Feel free to leave questions and comments below and I will reply to them.

Here is the list of Wii U launch window titles.  All of these games will release between November 18 and March 2013:

  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Darksiders 2
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two
  • EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games
  • Funky Barn
  • Game & Wario
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jeopardy
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land
  • Pikmin 3
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Sing Party
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Transformers Prime
  • Trine 2 Director’s Cut
  • Warrios Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wii Fit U
  • WipeOut 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved
  • ZombiU
  • Zumba Fitness Core


About the author

Adam Shear

Contributing Writer. @AdamShear. When he's not spending his hours working in the TV industry, he's spending his time playing video games and thinking about them.

1 Comment

  • Ben 10: OmniverseCabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
    Not games I would promote as “launch” titles. But hey, I ain’t Nintendo bro.

    Tons of information in here, great job Adam.

    I wonder how well this system will sell. At a minimum of 300$ it is hard to see the average consumer picking one up. But of course the average consumer is not really worried about how the graphical upgrade is minimal compared to current gen hardware.

    Then again since console games are lagging behind PCs right now it is hard to say how much of a jump we will see once the PS4 and 720 are released. Not to mention the power to put in more advanced AI and backbone systems such as running a city like Watch Dogs.

    Man, this is going to be so interesting to watch play out.

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