Wii U box art revealed

[UPDATE] Retailers Amazon, Target, and Best Buy offer first look at packaging for upcoming Wii U software; Nintendo confirms design.

The Wii U's software box design, at least according to several retailers, has been revealed. Retailers Amazon, Target, and Best Buy have updated their listings for several Wii U games to show what gamers can expect to see on store shelves when the console hits this holiday season.

Is this what Wii U games will look like?

The art design (at right) includes a blue and white Wii U logo on the top of the box. This is set on top of a convex blue background, which is very similar to that of the GameCube. A Nintendo Network logo is also shown on the box.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Nintendo representative confirmed the leaked Wii U box designs in a statement sent to GameSpot.

“Nintendo has finalized the design of the Wii U game box art, and many of our publishing partners have already incorporated it into their own game packaging," reads a line from the statement. "We are seeing those game packages online as retailers are starting to showcase their games. For details about a specific game’s artwork, please contact the game’s publisher. Nintendo-published game boxes will appear shortly with placeholder logos, and then ultimately with the final artwork for each game.”

As for the Wii U, Nintendo's first high-definition console is due out worldwide this holiday season. No price or release date for the console has been revealed, though Nintendo said the price will be "reasonable," and according to Toki Tori 2 developer Two Tribes, the system will "probably" ship this November.

Though Nintendo believes the Wii U is "important for the world," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter is less than enthused about the console, saying the Wii U "isn't going to work."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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109 comments
g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Blue cases sound different, Plastic is plastic nothing more.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Yawn..I can't wait for 4kHDTV to ship end of this year...mainly for my next computer monitor...Oh wait? this is about the game box art for  Nintendo FAIL U game ports from last gen..and kidsy games......My bad...carry on.Sad that resident evil 4 was the only game I enjoyed on my Wii...and my Gamecube...

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

reminds me of the old gamecube cases

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

When is this dumb console coming out anyway ?

wyan_
wyan_

And all this time I thought Nintendo was secretly waiting to surprise us all at any minute and announce a brand new name for their next console like they did with the Ultra 64 and Revolution. My hopes have been crushed. Still calling it the Wii U Nintendo?... Oh God Why.........

LandauTST
LandauTST

Reminds me of Gamecube. I like it.

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

I love the fact that it uses the GCN's style! Hopefully the exclusives use the little flap at the top right saying "only on Wii U."

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I like the GameCube-type banner they went with - the Wii banner just looked, I don't know, plain :/

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

The yellow line attracts attention when just glanced over. And the full blue cases will make sure people know it's for the Wii U and not the Wii. It's the absolute perfect artwork from a marketing standpoint. It's just a bonus that it happens to be gorgeous.

734M4n9
734M4n9

Uh guys, white and blue has always been the Wii colours.

What did you expect, inferno red?

Zanoh
Zanoh

It looks similar to the Gamecube cases. Let's just hope the Wii-U doesn't share the gamecube's fate...

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

I don't like the yellow, or the shade of blue, or something. I just feel like it's wrong. Oh well.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It is good that Nintendo confirmed the Wii U box designs.

Gurzociurlo
Gurzociurlo

It's pretty neat, I always loved the Gamecube logo... Even if I would have chosen another tone of blue, brigher or darker.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

What's the launch price?

What's in the launch packages (SKU)?

What are the launch games (months 1-4)?

 

Box art is fun, but it's not important. It's a milestone that means little to nothing to the people hanging on the edge of their seat for this launch.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

terribly mortifying color choices add to the idea why id hate to see those on my shelf

blackace
blackace

I'm not getting a Wii U anytime soon. I just don't see any rush to get it at launch. A year from now maybe, but this holiday I'll be spending my dough on several console and PC games.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Blu-Ray case for next gen?

Sony Started the DVD case trend with the PS2, right after Sega's Dreamcast did the last of the CD cases for games. That DVD case trend worked so well that Nintendo and Xbox went the same route the entire gen, then the 360 and Wii followed suit. I'm curious if the Wii U will stay DVD or go into Blu-ray case style.

02050muh
02050muh

if only wiiu sell for $250~ (-_-)

BlackLense
BlackLense

Now imagine the box art has dark background + gore in it with that logo.

pqwoei
pqwoei

Will be waiting till some amazing exclusive games will come out before I buy a WiiU

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

As everyone pointed out, it does look a lot like the Gamecube boxes. 

 

Excuse me while I clean my pants, I just nerded all over the place.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

who's gonna buy the wiiu version over the PS3 & 360 version im not bashing the wiiu its just why wait for the wii u version when xbox & ps3 gets  it much sooner let alone on the PC version which kills the consoles version i mean lets get real now. me im looking for the PC version .

karenwen
karenwen

The U part in WiiU looks like sexual intercourse to me. I guess they're relentlessly trying to drive home a message that the console is seriously catered to mature audiences.

cephas90
cephas90

I'm sorry, why does this matter?

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I suppose they're sticking to the white-themed boxes.

bradrame
bradrame

artificial H2O tastes like laser vision!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Looks retroriffic GameCube style.

mtait01
mtait01

I still can't get over the awful name 'Wii-U'... to the average person it isn't even that clear from images that it is even a new console... the console looks very similar and other than the Tablet controller it just looks like an add-on.They should have just called it Wii 2... that way it is actually clear. As for the box art, it looks like the Gamecube ones, which is a welcome design in my book 

Litchie
Litchie

Looks nice. Not sure about that baby blue, though..

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @blackace No sane gamer is going pay $399 for a new PS3  with different gameplay variations.

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

@demonkingx5 I'll be waiting for the WiiU version of AC3, and I'll be buying my 3rd copy of Arkham City on WiiU as well. In case you're wondering, I bought 2 copies on launch day- preordered my CE at Gamestop for the Joker map and the skins and a standard edition at Best Buy for the Robin pack.

twztid13
twztid13

 @demonkingx5

 You looking forward to the rootkit that the UPlay DRM puts on your pc, too?

twztid13
twztid13

 @karenwen

 Wow, I never noticed that until you pointed it out. Now it's burned into my brain!

twztid13
twztid13

 @sirkibble2

 If they released a black version, I may bite. Seeing them release better colors, bundles, prices etc. like clockwork after the people who buy their stuff for full price get the dull stuff makes me never want to buy a Ninty product upon release again. Since black would be the color I'd be waiting on, I may bite if the Wii U is available in black & meets, or exceeds, expectations (which shouldn't be hard, lol).

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

 @mtait01 They should have used the old Wii codename, "Revolution". Now THAT would've been a cool name. Plus, it sounds a little more like a hardcore name, a name I can take seriously, unlike "Wii U"

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

 @LindBergh2007 $299, mark my words. And it's better than PS3. Gamespot neglected to report the statement from EA saying that in FIFA 13 the crowd resolution is stronger than in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

omgitsgomes
omgitsgomes

 @bradrame

 Your a GENIE-US! I never thought about unicorns having such a polite manner of intestinal struggles. And the part with the car chase and the cat-eater was truly subliminal!

twztid13
twztid13

 @demonkingx5

 I was just messing with you, but the PC has to deal with archaic DRM too much. That sucks.

 

In response to your question, it's the same person that's gonna buy the Wii U. If one wants to spend that much on a console, thats only one of a handfull of games worth getting at launch. Someone buying the Wii U will wait & get it just because journalists are saying it's the best looking version (GameTrailers said so, and they didn't have a qualifier, "out of the consoles").

 

Others will get it because they support Nintendo & want them to succeed. Many I know don't want the PC version cuz they disavow anything Ubisoft does on PC. Those same people might want "something" close to next gen, and, again, AC3 just happens to be a game that Wii U buyers will get to justify buying the Wii U at launch. If I were getting a Wii U at launch, I'd get AC3 for it over all other avenues, myself.