Wii U kiosks coming to retailers nationwide

Nintendo rolling out 5,000 interactive Wii U demo stations at retailers like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and others.

Nintendo has held fast to the idea that when gamers try out the Wii U, they will "get it." The Mario maker is giving gamers just that opportunity prelaunch, as the company is now beginning to roll out interactive Wii U kiosks in more than 5,000 retailers across the United States.

Gamers can find a Wii U demo station at a handful of retailers, including Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, and Toys "R" Us. Kiosk content will vary by location; some kiosks will allow gamers to pick up a GamePad and play games, while others will only feature video content.

Gamers can find a Wii U kiosk near them by plugging in their zip code at Nintendo's special events website.

The Wii U is due out in North America on November 18 beginning at $300 for an 8GB basic model and scaling to $350 for the 32GB deluxe version that includes a copy of Nintendo Land.

The first high-definition system from Nintendo will launch with 23 titles, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin's Creed III.

The Wii U comes to Europe and Australia on November 30, with a launch in Japan rounding out the bunch on December 8.

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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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FireVixen
FireVixen

Yeah.... I work for a game retailer, and ours was broken (literally) in 5 days. :/ lame

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

I have a question: If you drop the controller thing and it breaks the screen (presumably because you were dancing around with it like somekind of moron) how much does it cost to replace?

LandauTST
LandauTST

Can't wait to try it. My friend works at our local Target, who was the first to get a kiosk before Walmart or Kmart. He said he was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the screen controller. Now, that may not mean much to everyone else, but he's one of the pickiest arseholes I know, so...If he likes it, I doubt I'll have a problem with it haha.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

why the hell is every picture of people playing wiiU 

one of these pics with someone holding the tablet

as a karaoke kinda thing?

 

STUPID !!!!

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

I played it at Gamestop yesterday... I liked it. Suprisingly, the gamepad/tablet felt good in my hands. I could TELL it was light (But the kiosk version wasn't because it had, like, a 10 foot inch-wide cable connecting the controller to the kiosk) and it felt well built.

 

UNFORTUNATELY, the only playable demo was Rayman. (more on that later.)  I was hoping to play ZombiU, AC3, or any other games to see how the Wii U stacks up against the PS3 and 360 visually. 

 

However, the Wii U "home screen" and Rayman looked gorgeous. And whatever hdtv Nintendo is using (It wasn't labled) on their kiosks has to be the best looking hdtv I've ever seen.  I REALLY need to find out what tv that was... I need it. lol

Kjranu
Kjranu

Wii sUck should be the official name. Tried out the kiosk at my gamestop and gosh I prefer my Xbox 360 and PS3 over this gimmick poo a hundred times over. 

Martyr77
Martyr77

I played it. NOT impressed.

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

The one at the Gamestop near me was only video demos. It did not reassure me or make me want to purchase one. Perhaps if there were PLAYABLE demos at that kiosk...However I won't drive around town just to find one...that would be as silly as having a kiosk in a Gamestop that doesn't have playable demos.  

franzito
franzito

I remember when I played N64 a long time ago, before buying, at a video rental.

30 minutes that passed by too fast...

SolidTy
SolidTy

Boy, this is late. I've already played Wii U kiosks at Target days ago, GS is reporting it just now?

soulless4now
soulless4now

People practically live at Walmart so I wouldn't want to try it there...

nate1222
nate1222

Though I'm no longer a console gamer (been a PC gamer for roughly 3 years now), I do wish Nintendo luck with the Wii U. Despite all the hate it's getting from trolls, the Wii U does seem to address alotta the issues gamers have had during the 7th (current) gen.

GameReviews
GameReviews

There's one at the Wal-mart I was at today. Could only play videos, no demos :/. You're REALLY not selling me on this one, Nintendo.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Already tried it at NY Comic Con, played the new Ninja Gaiden 3 and had a blast with it. 

 

But my inner troll is telling me to go to my nearest Target, Best Buy, or GameStop and stand there playing the same game demo all day long from open to close, making sure nobody else has a chance to play it, until I'm torn away by security.

 

But that would be a waste of my time. Might try it next time I run an errand at Target.

4quarters
4quarters

ucks, seen 3 kiosks all with...Rayman??? WTF Nintendo...thats your demo game? It's nice looking but just a sidescroller that shows very little sytem capability

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

If only I can find a kiosk so I can try out the Wii U for myself.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

That picture is awesome. It looks like he's holding an enormous phone.

baxwam
baxwam

I tried it, it was fun I just wish retailers clean the damn controller screen.!!! 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I'll at least try the Wii U gamepad. That controller doesn't look very comfortable for an "All Nighting Gaming Session"  This is Nintendo's largest controller ever. Maybe the Videogaming universe largest controller ever. The Gamepad is larger the the ill fate "Duke" original Xbox controller.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

What the.. Why not show off the Japanese Garden tech demo and the Zelda tech demo? rrrg Nintendo do something about your public relations this is sad!

 

Nintendo: "Hey casuals remember us look is the Wii guys.. we have the Wii 2 we kept the name and all for you casuals please buy this tablet thing.

 

Casuals: "Hu? ...Nintendo? I don't play video game systems *plays apps on phone and tablets and facebook" Get lost!

 

Nintendo: "%$#@!! ...I wonder if the core will buy this %$#@.. *knocks on core's door* Hi its Nintendo... guys I am sorry I ignored you.. please buy this even do it was not made for you please pick up the pieces of my broken heart"

 

Core: "Well don't be sad Nintendo.. lets see what you got there old buddy *looks at lineup and odd tablet* $#%$#!! where is F-Zero and Mother?? where is the stuff we have been asking you to make for years??? Mother F%$#r!! *SLAP!!*

 

Nintendo: *cry* I am sorry I am a dirty wh0$e gimmi  money il suck your casual d!&k!

 

 

 

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

 @Martyr77 Really? You tried it? 

Or troll? Why weren't you impressed? Could you specify? 

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @nate1222 ...If I ever meat you in real life..  lol jk I am not that mess up but .. No due just no. 

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

 @GameReviews

 The one I played at Gamestop only had one demo, and it was Rayman. And the videos for the other games weren't even videos! they were slideshows of pictures. lol

warrner11
warrner11

 @GameReviews consider your wal mart lucky. If one arrives at mine, it'll be broke within a week...

 

That is if its ever set up. Store 0124 is not a good place for video game kiosks.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

 @4quarters It's shows lighting and texture very well. They want a game that appeals to casual and hardcore gamers. It's a good choice, but they should have more than one game.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @thom_maytees 

Go on NintendoLife, they have a link on there that can search the nearest location for you.

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

 @abHS4L88  @thom_maytees

 Except NintendoLife isn't accurate. There's a kiosk at my local Gamestop, but i used NintendoLife to see if I could find a different kiosk, so maybe I could find one with different demos. (As the article above said diff kiosks have diff content)

 

But when i searched my area, NL listed no kiosks within 20 miles of me. And the kiosk at my Gamestop has been there for almost a week, I think. lol

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @Celsius765  @baxwam Its like people make sure their hands are full of junk before playing them or love putting boogers on them. I remember one day I got a game from GS used and the manual had a booger. I should have sued.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @HonorOfGod  @Scorchstar 

I want to wait for reviews first, you never know with 3rd party controllers, looks awesome though and I prefer this aesthetically over the actual Wii U Pro.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @HonorOfGod  

My freaking sister used my free gift towards the playing cards, I wanted the calender also DX Maybe next time :P

 

I got the Mini Marios game for free but I only played it once since, apparently getting a game for free doesn't really encourage me to play it XD

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @abHS4L88  @hitman047m4 hehe cool. I got the calendar last year I think it was and still have lots of points to be used towards free games and stuff. The last game I got was tennis for my 3DS and the Art game.  

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @HonorOfGod  @hitman047m4 

Lol :P 

 

Which reminds me, I have 30 more points until I'm platinum again, time to do those surveys I've been putting off!

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @hitman047m4  @abHS4L88 Pretty late to be jumping in. Have nothing to say to you sorry dood. I have already posted my photobucket links full of pics from my Club Nintendo as a platinum member. Don't waist your time.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @HonorOfGod lol I think it is time to put some closure on that chapter in your life when your mom or dad could/did not buy you a Nintendo console.

 

 @abHS4L88 do not waste your time with him/her, it is useless.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @HonorOfGod 

Yeah, I'm not going to even bother, do what you want, I'm getting a Wii U and will have a blast with it. 

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @abHS4L88 Nintendo is sucking that casual stick as we speak they have been since the Wii 1 BUHAHA. Back it in the 90s it really felt nice opening that gift and getting a SNES or PS1.. not anymore. Maybe I will get a Wii U when it comes bundled with a pro controler and just the system at a lower price I have no intentions of using the thing I have already try it at GS. $200 for that bundle than we talk Nintendo.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @HonorOfGod Uh no, nothing is true until after the system launches and sales figures come in.