Wii U launching Nov. 18 at $299

Nintendo confirms North American launch date for high-definition console; basic model for $299, deluxe version for $349; coming to Europe November 30; Bayonetta 2 a Wii U-exclusive, Black Ops II revealed.

NEW YORK CITY--Today during a media presentation in New York City, Nintendo confirmed the Wii U will launch in North America November 18. An 8GB basic model in white will be available for $299, while a 32GB deluxe version will hit store shelves in black for $350.

The basic Wii U model will come with one Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter, HDMI cable, and a sensor bar. The deluxe set will include everything from the basic set, as well as additional memory, a cradle for the console, stands for the GamePad, and a copy of NintendoLand.

The Wii U will launch in Europe on November 30 with the basic and premium bundles available. Pricing in that region will be decided by retailers. The system launches in Japan on December 8.

Concerning launch titles, Nintendo confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. U will be available for the system day-and-date with the console come November. The company also said Lego City Undercover will be a "launch window" title. Those who preorder the game will score an exclusive minifigure.

Nintendo also today took the veil of a new Nintendo TVii service. The application will allow gamers to "find, watch, and engage" with TV, movies, and sports. Included with this initiative includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and Tivo. The TVii service also makes use of Nintendo's social hub Miiverse, allowing users to connect with others via comments, tweets, and more.

Elsewhere during the presentation, Nintendo announced Bayonetta 2. It will be a Wii U exclusive, and is in development at Platinum Games. Additionally, the company confirmed that Platinum Games' P-100 has been renamed The Wonderful 101. It is also a Wii U exclusive.

Activision giving a live presentation of Black Ops II for Wii U.

Lastly, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg took the stage to confirm the publisher's plans for the Wii U. The company confirmed that Skylanders Giants, 007 Legends, Transformers Prime: The Game, and Wipeout 3 are all coming to the system.

Additionally, Hirshberg confirmed long-running speculation that Call of Duty: Black Ops II would come to the Wii U. A live multiplayer demo of the game was shown during the presentation on a map set in Singapore. Additionally, Hirshberg confirmed that Black Ops II on the Wii U will run at 60 frames per seconds, just as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions do.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with more information as the story develops.

Written By

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

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1blackone
1blackone

So....alots happened....and....still...I don't have the Wii U, as i predicted.

No focus on core games/audience=no purchase.

A hard lesson that Xbox ONE will also learn soon.

1blackone
1blackone

Meh....everyone knows a Nintendo console isn't TRULY launched until a 3D Mario title comes out for it.  Ill wait for Mario Galaxy 3. Probably somewhere around Q2 2013. Hopefully, another 'classic' franchise like a Smash Brothers or Star Fox will be out by then.

 

At that time, I, along with I suspect many others will come to a gaming crossroads.

 

By March 2013, PS3 owners would have played the last call of exclusives for the console:The Last Of Us, The new Tomb Raider, Beyond, Bioshock:Infinite, and Dead Space 3.

 

At that time, I'd Predict owners of all 3 consoles (like me) will stage a mass exodus from Sony, trading everything PS3 that's not bolted down (read collectable) for a Wii U.

daconehead
daconehead

The Wii U seems very overrated to me... I'm just going to stick with my PS3 and 360 for now, and the Wii if I HAVE to play some Nintendo titles which tend to be the old school ones anyways. 

davsonamission
davsonamission

the only thing keeping me from pre-ordering this is out of the 50 titles going to be offered at launch or shortly after I am only interested in 6 titles ... I just cant justify buying this new system until i see games i really want to play (or "must" play). I will wait till they get a collection of decent games that interest me and then I will end up getting one...

pqwoei
pqwoei

will probably buy this because of Bayonetta 2

sjawz3288
sjawz3288

Was probably the last person to preorder my deluxe Wii U at my GameStop, said one of the workers. They just about reached their quota and were stopping preorders that afternoon. Owe a little over 180 left on the console and put 5 down on Super Mario U. Gonna hopefully get ZombiU as well by release.

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

I'm buying this, Zombi U bundled (with pro controller) for eur 399,- The next consoles from Sony and Microsoft are going to take a while anyway and they'll probably release at ridiculously high prices.

Lace3
Lace3

I must say, I commented a couple days ago. And I was exactly right. Everyone do Ctrl + F and look for "seekerofangels".. tell me he is or isn't a pathetic low-life that fills this forum with stupidity lol. Poor kid doesn't get enough attention at home.

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

yeah get it Nintendo get it!

espernay
espernay

Nintendo: so this is what 8th gen would look like..

Microsoft: piff, we already did that with our 360... our next gen would be much better

Sony: now the real competition begins... a worthy challenger for my PS3!!

 

ChariotMan
ChariotMan

Nintendo is Back with a Vengeance

JasPlun
JasPlun

I still plan on buying one,but not at that price it is too much like the PS3 and Xbox 360 except for the tablet controller so why would I want to spend 299? for another of what I already have for a Mario Title that will look like Mario Galaxy with clearer smoother look? Nintendo why not a 249.99 bundle with no tablet controller and 2 of the Xbox looking contollers? I would be more interested in that than the other:P

maybock3000
maybock3000

Nintendo will clean up the competition with this thing...

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

In other news, Best Buy and Gamestop run out of pre-orders of Wii U in America. Only 2 days after putting up the sale. This console will be anything but a fail. It might even be bigger than the Wii. 

teknic1200
teknic1200

Monster Hunter!  'nuff said.  Pre-ordered two of them.  thank goodness I'll have borderlands 2 to keep me happy in the mean time.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

I notice the way sony fanboys don't only jump all over the 360 articals they jump over the nintendo ones to and show how no matter how good another product is they will buy the sony one. what are these people unwilling to give anyone else a try going to do when sony decide the console market is costing them to much? I mean when it comes to consoles it should not be about which brand make they console it should be about games on the consoles but you have these people that will buy sony regardless of weather it is a good or bad product. just lke people who will buy the i phone no matter what lame things apple do to lock it down. i have a wii 360 and ps3. 360 and ps 3 both good consoles. the original wii was a gimmik that wore of but that did not have games like zombie u and bayonetta 2 so i can see that the wii u is shaping up to be a good console and i have a feeling things that sucked about the orignal wii they will get right this time.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Better launch titles then the 3DS atleast.

zazzaro
zazzaro

I will absolutely love Nintendo if they start bringing tablet games to the Wii that you can play on their gamepad. Tablet games with joysticks that arent on the screen finally???? They could also have the play on the TV. I think Nintendo has a winner here and will steal the tablet market if they play their cards right.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I reckon Nintendo are not going to have such a bad launch of their new horse powered console, Which could again be the leading console in total sales and considering their past efforts Nintendo will probably get it right this time, Also hoping for more new exclusive releases instead of ports of PS3 and 720 past releases.Considering how long it s taking for games like "GTA5" and "The last of us'" Farcry 3 Watchdogs and more, then i guess i should not be hoping for anything impressive anytime soon, Nintendo new console is twice the power of PS3 and 720, So 60 frames would not be a problem, However,I am not keen on the tablet controller, looks like a nuisance when gaming and a costly controller to fix if needed ever.  The Wii remote controller style was bad enough not being a technological advancement to begin with, yet, and now we have to hold a big fat Tablet controller,and while gaming and doing other social Wii U activities then so far it seems we will need to fiddle back and forth things to do basic 1 screen instructions etc.  The Wii U will let me pause the game then look at the tablet controller to see a map, WOW maps are usually all one color anyway. Boring. Oh wait it can let me swap weapons which makes the tablet controller the premium choice for when your in the heat of the moment in a game... With games for example like Watchdogs and The last of us looking fantastic, Nintendo machine games should look little better and be easy to make games for. sadly the Wii U wont have a untapped surprise hidden power like the Sony PS1 did to help it last that much longer.NIntendo can hold it's own grounds pretty well, I think Nintendo should focus on making a machine with a brute horse power engine release the tablet controller with it. i say this because in the long run or a year or so later,  Microsoft's XBOX720 will piss all over the Nintendo console, and then of course the almighty superior strength and muscle of PS4 will again take a double crap over both Microsoft and Nintendo Toy consoles ( Wii U is in the cupboard collecting dust much like it's pretty ended up after getting bored of the Nintendo console fast will  relying just on the tablet controller and other kiddo controller hardware's 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

So from Nintendo we are looking at getting a console with enough power and gimmick taste last and survive the release of the Xbox720 day. Thanks to the controller while playing games and doing other social Wii U activities like watch movies we will need to fiddle back and forth between two screens to do basic 1 screen worth instructions etc which PS3 and Xbox360 both do really well with one screen and the whole game community. I could imagine uncharted 3 on Wii U and the hassle the controller pad would be. I would rather focus on one screen without needing to look at another or feel like i have to use a compulsory addon gimmick like the controller screen. If looking at maps and changing weapons and other variety of little useless commitments to the controller gets you off, then yes a Nintendo console is suited for you. This controller Tablet gimmick is not any achievement in the game world to say we need two screens to do a one screen job. * Maybe the Wii U is a technological feast of remarkable achievement and Nintendo's games are so complicated and latest and the greatest that you will need to screens to play their games" LOL  The Xbox720 is like the Sega's Dreamcast shadow and the PS3 so far looks like it will have a strong ending unlike the Nintendo Wii  disappearing quietly into the cupboard.*(The controller pad tablet is going to be the premium choice for when your in the dead heat moment of a game LOL)*...With games for example like 'Watchdog's and the awesome looking 'The last of us' getting more fantastic each time it is being showed to the public, at this time Nintendo Wii U games should look little better or on par but most likely better, In saying that it will be easy for developers to make games on Nintendo's machine with no technology hurdle for developers to master. Sadly also the Wii U wont have a untapped surprise hidden power like the Sony PS1 and PS3 even to help it last that much longer all round.Nintendo claim to be the all in one console and game developer, but they stereotype themselves. I don't think Nintendo should be the king of gaming since they don't cater for gamers like me or games that i like.. Played one Mario cart, played them all. Same sh!t different smell..  I have debate this with mates and to me Nintendo consoles are a game machine for young people and friendly kiddie games for retired seniors to enjoy while helping the kids or something. We have classification for adult games now Nintendo should you care to notice. Anyways, Sony's PS3 is a family entertainment machine for all ages and with prac no restrictions or for what is released on the PS3 console . all of the much focused Nintendo to revolutionize gaming is always towards the younger kids or grandpa old retired people. Rarely do i see kids in a video game shop, never actually.. Nintendo grows up but Mario does not.  Nintendo have  tried to show that they are changing and starting to accept mature games like Resident Evil but that is where that stopped maturing and then have done nothing more to mature or appeal to hardcore gamers after resident evil.. * Would need much more than RE to grow up)..Seriously the Nintendo Wii U is a console for kids and young teenagers, You can not be a hardcore gamer on your kiddy Nintendo machine. There is no argument in that if your a true gamer and played or experienced all machines..  SO as technology gets better then so too does the kiddy games on Nintendo machine . and Nintendo seem quite happy to not grow up with the world and move technology when it 's needed. Because dealing with kids is easier sold on than the smarter hardcore gamers (which is why Nintendo have strong loyal followers because the Nintendo machine and Mario was there first fun cute games they ever played and as then gamer grows he always remembers Nintendo and Mario in his game heart   I have a Nintendo, Super Nintendo,and N64. I stopped at N64 life cycle and converted to PS3 which is the best gaming movement for me. Sure Nintendo games are great and fun especially if your young but for myself as a hardcore player i will not be buying a Nintendo Wii U and will wait for the heavy weight muscle PS4. Its like comparing a 4 liter car with Nintendo Wii U in comparison to supercharged brute horse power grunt V8 PS4.  With saying all this, I am a Nintendo Fan and own and experienced lots of Nintendo things up until the end of Nintendo 64. when i graduated from the Nintendo kiddy machine and onto the Xbox and PS. I do not care much for Xbox as most games that release on Xbox360 get released on PS3 and any Xbox360 games that are exclusive to Xbox360 only are no big deal anyways.. For you wont see half of what you wish to see on a technology under powered Nintendo console. Yes this is where the most powerful console stands and leaves track marks. The Nintendo Wii U is a upgrade to the Nintendo Wii  and not a huge leap in any direction except the opposite of what truly gamers want and terms of technology prowess, Nintendo can afford it and for the company  that is been in the console business the longest, It shows that you can sell lot of consoles but no games and definitely not the leader in games which is what Nintendo is all about and should stick to the formula not broken. I wont get a Xbox720 either,  just a PS4 to fill my gaming hunger and PS3 has done so. 

Razer361
Razer361

It's kinda sad that Nintendo is releasing a console that is "next-gen" and they're only getting their games on par with Ps3/360. "Black Ops II on the Wii U will run at 60 frames per seconds, just as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions do." The Wii U should be outclassing six-yr old hardware by a milestone! This isn't necessarily swaying my choice of purchasing it or not, but if the games look the same as they do on Ps3/360, then i'm not buying, Tablet controller or not. 

tstcuwsn
tstcuwsn

 @pqwoei Definitely gonna buy this because of Bayonetta 2

JunoWalker
JunoWalker

 @mario-nin-freak This thing will fail because it's built to become obsolete as soon as PS4 and the new XBox come out as these systems will actually have new technology inside them, not current tech like the WiiU.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @jtthegame316 First, you said nothing i didn't say in a earlier post. Secondly, Look Apples main and evil marketing strategy is exactly just that, in make people feel they have no great image or lifestyle standard as other Iphone owners. Appearance,look,simple and manipulative tiny updates and strong restrictions etc on Apples service. No flash, Can not replace battery, ( if battery failed you would have to send your Iphone to a Apple center and then wait for unto a fortnight for them to return it back to you. Apple are trying to make the Iphone owner that Ur Iphone is owning your life and part of your life that its the only phone you need.. Simple, Make it look like your not a fashionable person or up to standards with the life out there if you do not have a Apple phone.  get inside ur head that is the only phone device needed.  be part of ur life with out you notice it. Since touch is really important to our lives- Hence why Apple made a perfect Iphone screen which what was the key to selling Iphone big sales numbers, Also at the same time they then next target the people who don't know about Phone spec juggen and marketed it fashionable etc Apples has successfully fooled millions of people and stole everyone's Patent and happily went to court for them,  If someone ask a majority of people what phone they should by with choice being either Samsung Galaxy and Iphone. Most people would say Iphone because it is all trend,even they know nothing about apple or phone. Nintendo are using similar tactics and is working well for them also.. I just see Nintendo machine and developers using it to get quick grab for cash. The more hardcore and mature players are obviously on PS3 and XBOX..First, you said nothing i didn't say in a earlier post. Secondly, That is Apples main and evil marketing strategy. To make people feel they have no great image unless they have a Iphone with them.If for a example a person ask a majority of people what phone they should buy with choice being either Samsung Galaxy and Iphone? Most people would say Iphone because it is all trend,even they know nothing about Apple or mobile phones. Samsung phones shit all over Apple in every way. despite Apple devices running smooth. Lack of features and other basic settings make the Iphone simple to use.Since Apple owners have made Apple a religion and end all be all in their life. then Apple has cached you and Apple will stab you back in return as saying thank you for buying our expensive products. We start Apple products with eye catching sleek looking (maybe). But to the average guy or full of himself guy that is enough to think it style.   That In saying this Nintendo are using similar tactics and is working well for them also.. It is not a improvement it is just a half ass upgrade.with dated technology years old already. Since you own a PS3 and XBOX and injoying all the grade a titles being released and will be released soon, then you see Nintendo machine is good thing. I liked it when Nintendo really focused on games. Since End of Game cube (most kiddy looking console ever)Nintendo have been releasing all these gimmicks and plastic addons etc. Even if its machine was unsuccessful, Nintendo won't be making more gimmick crap next time and next time will be the bees nee of consoles.from Nintendo. and still Nintendo are releasing 2D games on this latest Power house console. So much for that huh.. 

JunoWalker
JunoWalker

 @zazzaro It's not a tablet. It's a controller same as the ones for XBox360 and PS3. All nintento did was add an lcd scrfeen that the system can send data to. The screen only works for things the Wiiu console tells it to display. 

alrepairs
alrepairs

 @zazzaro That's...actually a brilliant Idea.

 

Very brilliant in fact.  I would finally be able to play that infinity blade game with redefined controls.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

 @Razer361 I really dont think they care whether or not that the WiiU is "next gen" or not. To me next-gen means the next system and should not be defined by graphics or power.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @danusty  @mario-nin-freak

Because of Nintendo Loyal and fan base. and Nintendo trusted Name. For anyone who owns a PS3 or Xbox would know straight away this a fail in a most area's the Wii U should impress more in. Since Nintendo was to lazy to put the hard work into a true next console. All they did was add some minor half ass upgrades and keep th outdated technology and someother minor addtions.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

 @swrowe78 Gosh people. I NEVER SAID the Wii was a failure. It's my favorite of the current 3 systems on the market, and it won the last generation in my book.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @swrowe78  @mario-nin-freakThe Wii sold the most consoles but nothing more. If this was a true game machine i would be interested in it. but no,Nintendo are loyal to kiddy gamers.

 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @jtthegame316 Yes i talk to much and putting Nintendo last this time. I am fan of all 3. but Nintendo can stand on their own as they re showing.  Nothing wrong with being a fanboy for ur fav console. Its no different than being a fan for a footy team.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @bubba_1988  @Razer361 Power you mean Voltage output? lol.. Definitely a system should be defined by graphics and power. Just because Nintendo sold the most consoles with the Nintendo Wii did not stop make them the pope of gaming gods. We should be pushing for affordable 4D gaming. 3D does not do anything. But if you like to use characters that have no limbs with graphics that look dated from 10years ago.. then ur gaming experience lacks 

 

Razer361
Razer361

 @bubba_1988 I think next-gen should be something substantially better than what's available now. besides it's gamepad, there's really no other reason to get it than a PS3 or a 360, especially since lots of the games on it will be on them. Not saying it's not a good system, it should just be a bit more impressive than it is. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @swrowe78  @danusty  @mario-nin-freak

 Sorry.. .. Its pointless to buy the Wii U if you own a PS3 and or XBOX, considering the many ports for launch and TBA titles later. i have already played most of them, Secondly $450 is not on for just 32gb and tablet controller pad , I could buy another PS3 with 320gig and Blu Ray Player and music and many other features and services.for cheaper, buy the same games cheaper aswell..

JunoWalker
JunoWalker

 @danusty  @swrowe78  @SIDEFX1  @mario-nin-freak In truth the best selling Nintendo console is the DS line. The most loved system is the SNES and the biggest fail is the gamecube. The wii is not a current generation system based on the tech used to make it. It is a replacement for the GC and now Nintendo makes it's current generation offering with WiiU. This system can only compete with PS3 and XBox360, not the new version coming out.

swrowe78
swrowe78

 @SIDEFX1  @mario-nin-freak

 I think your being a bit too much by saying the Wii was a failure. Yes, it is the worst home console nintendo has ever made and the worst console of this generation, it wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. It had some very good games like Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 and Skyward Sword which every site besides gamespot gave critical acclaim to. So yeah.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

 @jtthegame316 No, It is just people misusing the term and then transforming it into this new definition/use.

 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @SIDEFX1 Being a fan of a console is different form being a fan of a football team. the idea behind a console is the video games on it that is the reason for buying a console. brand name should not come into it.  if you buy a playstation because you want to play uncharted or yakuza games fine but if you buy it because it is sony that is the wrong attitude to have. that means you will be willing to support bad prodiucts because of the sony brand name.

Razer361
Razer361

 @bubba_1988  @SIDEFX1 If it wasn't for Monster Hunter and Super Smash bros. I wouldn't even waste my time with Nintendo.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

 @SIDEFX1  @Razer361 I haven't bought a Nintendo system since 95' nor will I ever(knock on wood). The WiiU is an improvement compared to the Wii. I really think Nintendo has stopped competing with Sony and MS.