Nintendo has announced launch dates and prices for Wii U in Europe, the US and Japan, along with an army of additional software that’s headed up by the surprise announcement of a much-anticipated sequel.
Nintendo has announced Wii U will release on November 17 in the US, November 30 in the UK and Europe and December 8 in Japan.
Two SKUs will be available for launch: a basic and premium SKU. Both bundles will come with both the hardware, gamepad, AC adaptor for the Gamepad and HDMI cable. The basic SKU, which will come in white, will also contain 8Gb of flash memory, whilst the premium bundle – coloured in black – will come with 32Gb flash memory and a two year sub to Nintendo Network Premium, a new scheme announced by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. In the US and Europe, the premium bundle will also contain Nintendo Land as a add-in.
The basic SKU will launch for 26,250 yen/$299, while the premium is 31,500 yen/$349. European and UK prices are to be determined by retailers, as has been past Nintendo tradition. For the tablet GamePad, in Japan at least, it’ll set you back 13,440 yen.
For software, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U were the two first-party games that got the most attention. Both games will be available as launch titles in both retail and downloadable flavours. Pikmin 3, a game that was widely assumed to be a launch title, will release in 2013 with Game and Wario.
On a third-party level, the big announcement was Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2. The sequel to the 2010 cult hit, which released on PS3 and Xbox 360 from Sega, will release as a Wii U exclusive with Nintendo handling publishing duties. No release date was given, though a short teaser trailer was shown. Atsushi Inaba will produce, while directing will be Yusuke Hashimoto.
Platinum also debuted the name for the game previously known as P-100. Debuted at E3 and directed by director of the original Bayonetta Hideki Kamiya, the game’s now known as The Wonderful 101.
Rayman Legends and ZombiU from Ubisoft plus FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3 from EA were also confirmed as launch titles. All four games, plus Lego City: Undercover and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, all got showings. Nintendo also announced in Europe a ZombiU premium hardware bundle.
Capcom also confirmed for the west the release of Monster Hunter 3 HD Edition for Wii U and 3DS next March.
To wrap up the US press conference Nintendo held in New York for the system, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg rolled up to announce five new titles for Wii U from the big A: Skylanders Giants, Wipeout 3, Transformers Prime: The Game, 007 Legends and – surprise – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The Wii U version of the shooter is being handled in-house at Treyarch. The studio has brought Call of Duty games from other studios – such as Modern Warfare – but Black Ops 2 is Treyarch’s own game in the series. Shown was Combat Training, the entire multiplayer suite with bots instead of live players. It was also confirmed you could run the game from the GamePad as well as the TV.
It was also confirmed that Epic Mickey 2 and NBA 2K13 would be coming to Wii U. Catch up on the liveblog for it here. A full list of titles for launch and software in Europe at least and the trailer for Bayonetta 2 is below.
- FIFA 13
- Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
- Nano Assault Nano
- New Super Mario Bros U
- Nintendo Land
- Rayman Legends
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut
- Toki Tori 2
- Zombi U
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Batman: Arkham City- Armored Edition
- Darksiders II
- Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Game and Wario
- Game Party: Champions
- Just Dance 4
- LEGO City; Undercover
- Madden NFL 13
- Marvel Avengers: Battle for the Earth
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
- NBA 2K13
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Rabbids Land
- Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
- Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- SMG Party
- Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
- Sports Connection
- Tank! Tank! Tank!
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
- Warrior’s Orochi 3: Hyper
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013