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Wii U Arrives in United States on November 18

The date is set, prices are in ($299, $349), new games have been announced (Bayonetta 2, Black Ops 2), and the road to Wii U's launch has begun.

Nintendo of America has announced a release date for Wii U in the United States, and it's November 18. It doesn't launch in Japan until December 8, but Nintendo launched the original Wii first outside of Japan, too.

There are two sets. The basic set includes a Wii U, Game Pad, Game Pad charging cable, AC adaptor, HDMI cable, sensor bar and 8GB of memory. The "deluxe" set also includes 32GB of memory, a Game Pad charging cable, Game Pad cradle, a copy of NintendoLand, and enrollment in a premium service on Nintendo Direct, where you earn points for each purchase and can redeem them later for other purchases.

The big question? Price. It's $299 for the basic set, and $349 for the deluxe set.

As for big game announcements, Nintendo is publishing (funding?) Bayonetta 2 with Platinum Games, Monolith Soft is making a new game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is coming to the platform, and there's a new Monster Hunter. Well, "new." Monster Hunter Ultimate (Monster Hunter Tri G U in Japan) is based on the 3DS game, and the save data will be interchangeable between the two platforms. It's available at launch in Japan, and March everywhere else.

Project P-100, also from Platinum Games, was easily one of the most exciting Wii U games at E3, and that's been renamed The Wonderful 101. Spoiler: still looks awesome. Epic Mickey 2 will also be receiving a Wii U upgrade, and Activision made the clutch announcement of Skylanders Giants. Nintendo didn't discuss the NFC features baked into the Game Pad, though, so one might expect that will still have a separate device to scan the characters in.

Nintendo broke down the hilariously large "launch window" for Wii U, as well: November 18 until the end of March. Besides New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand, the company wasn't confirming release dates, but since Pikmin 3 isn't coming out until next spring in Japan, I wouldn't expect it over here this year, either.

In America, Nintendo spent the most time going over its big media initiative, Nintendo TVii. It aggregates content services--Amazon, Hulu Plus, etc.--and allows users to search, track, purchase, and play content from them on the Game Pad and the TV. There's a neat dynamic between the Game Pad and TV, too. The Game Pad takes screen captures of what's happening on TV, and allows users to comment and share on Facebook and Twitter. You also have access to your DVR through the Game Pad, though right now, that seems to mean TiVO-only devices.

Nintendo TVii launches alongside the device this year, but only in the United States and Canada.

The company also unveiled a strange interface for Nintendo TVii. Maybe it'll make more sense in our hands?

Over in Japan, there were some big announcements that should guarantee some folks on day one (like, say, 8-4). In addition to an even more deluxe package that comes with a Pro controller and a copy of Monster Hunter Ultimate, anyone who buys the premium version of the console also gains an invite to the upcoming beta for Dragon Quest X.

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Posted by Mijati

Bayonetta 2 was just announced as a Wii Exclusive (on the EU stream)

Posted by PompousDawson

I'll take a deluxe set thanks.

Posted by CrossTheAtlantic

@familyphotoshoot:

Posted by YukoAsho

@sirdesmond said:

I won't be surprised if this is Nintendo's last console. I just don't see this thing doing anything but failing miserably (unfortunately).

Well, it's clear that their best games are on their handhelds nowadays, so it's hard to say it'd be much of a loss.

Posted by MormonWarrior

Bayonetta 2???? Um....yes?

Posted by Brandino

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii-U exclusive? MY BODY IS READY

Posted by Kaigan
@guanophobic

And in Europe?

€299 for basic and €349 for deluxe, respectively.

That's just the way Europe rolls.
Posted by Hailinel

Welp, Warriors Orochi 3, Ken's Rage 2, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII are all coming to Wii U.

Take my money, Nintendo.

Posted by Slow_pC

@Brandino: yep!!!

Posted by RE_Player1

They just announced Bayonetta 2 exclusively for WiiU. Congrats Nintendo you made someone who was actively shitting on the WiiU since it's announcement to buying one day 1.

Posted by YukoAsho

@Brandino said:

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii-U exclusive? MY BODY IS READY

Let's see how long that lasts when the next systems come out.

If it IS a true exclusive, than I'm surprised. You'd think Platinum would have learned their lesson after MadWorld tanked.

Posted by Imsorrymsjackson

@sirdesmond: I really hope this is Nintendo's last console, it's time for them to do a Sega.

Posted by killacam

Project P-100 was a better name.

Posted by Raviyn

omgomg bayonetta 2, one Wii U sold!

Posted by InFamous91

Bayonetta 2 is a WiiU exclusive :))

Posted by Brandino

Monster Hunter has cross game progression on 3DS/Wii-U? Nintendo.. I fucking love you.

Posted by CircleNine

@msavo: Maybe you should hold off on buying a console for a single game if before that one single game was announced you were actively shitting on the console. Like maybe at least until you see some actual gameplay footage or get a release date and not just cause they had a 10 second trailer where you see her gunboot for like 8 seconds?

Posted by MormonWarrior

@YukoAsho said:

@sirdesmond said:

I won't be surprised if this is Nintendo's last console. I just don't see this thing doing anything but failing miserably (unfortunately).

Well, it's clear that their best games are on their handhelds nowadays, so it's hard to say it'd be much of a loss.

Other than Super Mario Galaxy, yes I'm with you. The best Zelda games since Wind Waker have all been the handheld ones. The others were severely disappointing from a Zelda standpoint.

Posted by Gruff182

No Bayonetta 2 for me then :)

Also, 8 - 32gb?? Why! Phones do better than that!

Posted by The_Nubster

@MattyFTM said:

Wait, the standard version doesn't come with a charging cable for the gamepad? How are you supposed to charge it then?

Changing the batteries, I'd imagine. The Xbox didn't come with one either, which I remember being very unhappy about.

Posted by Balex1908

Seriously? Bayonetta is the thing that makes people going from "I dont give a shit" to " OMG DAY ONE" ? Really?

Posted by mrfluke

wow nintendo secured bayonetta 2? color me interested in the WiiU now, first Bayonetta was pure fantastic

Posted by InFamous91

@Raviyn said:

omgomg bayonetta 2, one Wii U sold!

Posted by BigDaddy81

Makes me wonder if Nintendo coult court more third party support if they would also publish third party games ala Bayonetta 2.

Posted by Shaunage

Any word on Australian pricing yet? $300 Aus is what I'll pay for it and not a cent more.

Posted by JonathanAshleyMoore

@MolluskLingers said:

RIP Nintendo

I swear regardless of the amount of launches I see in my life, someone says this (also whilst disregarding how much the company has made in the last few years and the impact it's had).

Posted by Purple_eye

@Raviyn said:

omgomg bayonetta 2, one Wii U sold!

Make that two!!!!!!

Posted by Brandino

@Balex1908 said:

Seriously? Bayonetta is the thing that makes people going from "I dont give a shit" to " OMG DAY ONE" ? Really?

Bayonetta has a strong following and if i wasn't already buying it and was on the fence, this would of sold me. But i could say the same thing about Halo, I don't care for it and wouldn't buy a console for it but millions do. And yeah Bayonetta isn't as huge but it does have it's followers.

Posted by MormonWarrior

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

@sirdesmond: I really hope this is Nintendo's last console, it's time for them to do a Sega.

Minus the whole...everything they make being steaming garbage part. I'm with you.

Posted by CODA117

eeh...I'll patiently wait for the next XBOX...just doesn't seem to be about the actually videogames with Nintendo anymore

Posted by Brandino

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

@sirdesmond: I really hope this is Nintendo's last console, it's time for them to do a Sega.

Why would you hope failure on someone? That's a pretty douche bag thing to hope for.

Posted by Shaka999

I know everyone's always cynical in the comments, but is anyone else kind of excited for it? I think it has potential...

...then again, I said that for the Wii...

Posted by super_machine

I was hoping to see some games, but all they showed was a bunch of new Game Cube quality games. sigh

Posted by Berserker976

So Bayonetta 2 won't be made by Kamiya apparently? hmm. Also couldn't Nintendo publishing it mean they might tone down some of the more extreme elements of Bayonetta? (especially the sexuality)

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

@Purple_eye said:

@Raviyn said:

omgomg bayonetta 2, one Wii U sold!

Make that two!!!!!!

Just a few dozen million more...

Posted by Reluctant_Hero

So... I want this. When do Gamestop preorders open up?

Posted by Brandino

@Shaka999 said:

I know everyone's always cynical in the comments, but is anyone else kind of excited for it? I think it has potential...

...then again, I said that for the Wii...

I am beyond excited but unlike the Wii this thing actually has quite a few games i am interested in at launch. Monster Hunter, Zombie-U, Bayonetta 2, Nintendo Land (yes i enjoyed what i played at E3), New Mario and Pikmin i am all pumped for. And all these are what? Within launch window?

Posted by StriderNo9

I'll have one either way, it just depends on when.

Posted by Fawkes

@Shaka999 said:

I know everyone's always cynical in the comments, but is anyone else kind of excited for it? I think it has potential...

...then again, I said that for the Wii...

I seem to have gone from feeling like it will be a huge failure to being somewhat excited. I'm not really sure why, though.

Posted by InFamous91

@Balex1908 said:

Seriously? Bayonetta is the thing that makes people going from "I dont give a shit" to " OMG DAY ONE" ? Really?

Mainly because it's a exclusive. If it wasn't one, I wouldn't really care much and probably buy it for another console. Exclusives are what sells consoles. I'm sure there are other reasons, other than Bayonetta 2 for buying the WiiU day one.

Posted by Balex1908

@Brandino said:

@Balex1908 said:

Seriously? Bayonetta is the thing that makes people going from "I dont give a shit" to " OMG DAY ONE" ? Really?

Bayonetta has a strong following and if i wasn't already buying it and was on the fence, this would of sold me. But i could say the same thing about Halo, I don't care for it and wouldn't buy a console for it but millions do. And yeah Bayonetta isn't as huge but it does have it's followers.

I did not want to shit on the game. I just cant get the mentality that makes people spend 300 - 350 dollars because of a single game. And most of the commenters were not even on the fence they did not have any interest at all. And to go from 0 interest to " I will buy one at launch" because of a single game is baffling to me.

I would have said the same if it was Halo.

Edited by Brandino

@Fawkes said:

@Shaka999 said:

I know everyone's always cynical in the comments, but is anyone else kind of excited for it? I think it has potential...

...then again, I said that for the Wii...

I seem to have gone from feeling like it will be a huge failure to being somewhat excited. I'm not really sure why, though.

Because the launch window looks incredible? I haven't seen a better launch window on any other console before. The thought of HD Zedla? Oh i know.. BAAAAAYOOONEETTTAA 2! lol

Posted by Wes899

@Brandino said:

@Fawkes said:

@Shaka999 said:

I know everyone's always cynical in the comments, but is anyone else kind of excited for it? I think it has potential...

...then again, I said that for the Wii...

I seem to have gone from feeling like it will be a huge failure to being somewhat excited. I'm not really sure why, though.

Because the launch looks incredible? I haven't seen a better launch on any other console before.

What is at launch?

Posted by WickedCobra03

@MattyFTM said:

Wait, the standard version doesn't come with a charging cable for the gamepad? How are you supposed to charge it then?

Do you still have your GBA Link Cable? I hope so. ;)

Anyway, unless they really blow something out of the water, I think I will wait a few years for a price drop. My Wii has been pretty reliable this gen (definitely more than my Xbox 360), but I think my experience with the 360 breaking has soured me on buying launch hardware.

Posted by iAmJohn

That's... pricier than I would've liked...

Posted by Shensai

That's about the price I imagined except for the "deluxe" seems steep.

Edited by CircleNine

Launch titles: a bunch of more shovelware that you found on the Wii, sports games, some probably pretty well done and some enhanced ports of already existing games if you haven't them so that's cool, and like 3 exclusives worth maybe caring about.

Posted by RandomInternetUser

Yeah, guess I'll probably be waiting until the first Zelda game to buy this thing. (Haven't played one since Wind Waker and I really, really want to.)

Posted by gla55jAw

8-32GB really? I'm speechless...