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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 TheHT

oh goddamnit, i just started watching and they're ending the livestream. from what i caught though, that new runner game, pikmin 3, and that 101 game look great.

Posted by DefaultProphet

There's something seriously wrong when your exclusives on a next gen system look objectively worse than the ports from the current gen. What the actual fuck.

Posted by CircleNine

Holy shit did anyone else catch the Tekken TAG Tournament 2 WiiU Edition having the power up mushroom from Mario? lmfao, serious fighting game.

Posted by Bane122

@CODA117: Funny, because they just showed and talked about a lot of games. In fact, I'd say Nintendo is still more about the games than MS, given how XBLA games have become buried in the dashboard and how few 1st party games they do.

Posted by Franstone

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@Link43130 said:

How much will another one of those controllers cost, I wonder.

Only 1 works with each Wii U i think...

They announced a while back that the WiiU would support two pad controllers.

Posted by Brandino

@Balex1908 said:

@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.

Did you buy a 360/PS3 or any other console at launch? How did it feel spending $300+ on a console at launch with 0 good games? How is that any different?

Posted by Peanut

Not a great showing, but I'm still gonna be there day one. I did get a bit annoyed when Reggie talked about "launch window" games, because who even knows what that entails anymore. Super disappointed Pikmin 3 wasn't in the "for sure launch ready" category along with Nintendoland and NSMB U.

Posted by EgoCheck616

@DefaultProphet said:

There's something seriously wrong when your exclusives on a next gen system look objectively worse than the ports from the current gen. What the actual fuck.

That's Activision for you.

Posted by Skanker

Wii U is getting Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. It's already fucking incredible.

Posted by BlatantNinja23

that extra 50 seems pretty worth it.

Edited by CircleNine

@rebgav: Yeah it's always been kinda stupid but not Smash Bros Items level of stupid for whats been a more traditional fighting game.

Posted by Neurotic

$300 seems a bit much to me and 8 or 32GB is pathetic. But then again, I could not care less about the Wii U or Nintendo. Maybe people who're into it see it as a pretty good deal.

Posted by Aetheldod

Well at least I nailed 1 of the prices ,,,,, but $300 for the basic is a tad much and only for 8GB

Posted by MildMolasses

I would love another Bayonette, but I'm not buying a machine just for that one game. And it's nice that they have some exclusives, but what happens in a year or so when all their multiplatform games start to look terrible in comparison to the rest of the new gen systems? And what the hell kind of storage is 32 gb? I know that the launch of the 360 had a sku without a hard drive, and even the sizes of the the ps3 drives weren't enormous, but the landscape of gaming has changed considerably since then, and realistic storage solutions need to be available. Does the WiiU support plain old USB drives and SD cards? The speed isn't as good, but at least it would be a cheap way to boost your storage capacity

Posted by super_machine

I was actually going to joke earlier and write Mario X Tekken! I wish I had.

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii exclusive, way to kill your franchise!

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

@msavo said:

Man I kind of bought the 3DS for myself and my brother because I felt sorry for Nintendo but I just can't do it anymore. So long Nintendo, looking forward to seeing your games on the next Playstation and Xbox.

Not sure if anyone has said this to you yet, but you're a grade A lunatic.

Posted by algertman

WiiU getting MonHun 3 world wide along with the 3DS version. Please don't kill yourself weeaboo sony fanboys.

Posted by NostalgicShakedown

@Hailinel said:

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.

Yeah heard about Ken's Rage 2 as well, I am really looking forward to how they're going to implement the Wii U version.

Posted by Peanut

People being negative about video games, crying about things they apparently don't care about and making ridiculous alarmist statements!? Get right outta town!

Posted by Imsorrymsjackson

@Brandino: Not really, I would love them to make games and continue with all their intellectual properties but they need to stop embarrassing themselves in the console market falling behind constantly in quality and support from developers. Im well aware that the Wii sold well but it doesn't make it a good console. That is my opinion and nobody will change it.

Posted by Imsorrymsjackson

@MormonWarrior: Fair point!

Posted by DeviTiffany

God dammit Nintendo, up until now I had no reason to buy a Wii U. Now you say a sequel to Bayonetta, one of the best games this generation as far as I'm concerned, is a Wii U exclusive?

Well fuck you, take my wallet. You assholes.

Posted by Balex1908

@Brandino said:

@Balex1908 said:

@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.

Did you buy a 360/PS3 or any other console at launch? How did it feel spending $300+ on a console at launch with 0 good games? How is that any different?

Nope I did not buy one at launch. I would never buy a console at launch.

To be clear I am not saying dont buy the Wii U. I am just saying, that if you think the console is overall not interesting to you, dont change your mind because of one game. What if the game turns out to be crap?

Posted by mercury228

I really think all of this looks terrible.

Posted by MeatSim

I was expecting $250 but that tablet controller isn't cheap. Still not getting a Wii U anytime soon though.

Posted by Peanut

@Balex1908: Why do you even care? Who gives a shit if someone thinks one game is enough to justify a console purchase? Is them buying it directly impacting your life? Are you the one paying for it?

People will seriously complain about anything and everything.

Posted by Anjon

For the first time since 1996, Nintendo has made me somewhat hype for a console. Though, I guess that's more of a testament to my love for Bayonetta than any loyalty to Nintendo. Fortunately, I doubt Bayonetta 2 is going to come out anytime soon, so I'll probably be able to catch it at the first price drop.

Posted by DizzyMedal

@Shaunage said:

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

While I applaud you making a stand, I regret to inform you that only after several years and numerous price drops will you be able to buy a Wii-U.

...Then again look on the bright side, this whole thing could tank badly and you might be able to grab one in a year for $50 :)

Posted by Fawkes

The basic bundle is dumb. Nintendoland is probably going to cost like $30 and an additional 24 GB of memory is probably at least $20, and you get more stuff than that for the deluxe bundle.

Posted by Residentrevil2

I assume you'll not be installing games onto the hard drive? Eh... I'll wait until it drops in price next year.

Posted by Marz

it's Deluxe version or bust..... I think Wii U will do allright for itself.

Posted by SlashDance

I'm so glad I hate Bayonetta right now.

Edited by SomeJerk

The price makes perfect sense to people who aren't numbnuts.
 
And I'm still debating getting one on launch. It's that or building a crazy rig that lets me play, record and stream arcade game PCB gaming.

Posted by Balex1908

@Peanut said:

@Balex1908: Why do you even care? Who gives a shit if someone thinks one game is enough to justify a console purchase? Is them buying it directly impacting your life? Are you the one paying for it?

People will seriously complain about anything and everything.

I am not complaining, I hoped someone would explain to me why one game is all it takes to justify a console purchase.

Also sorry for trying to have a conversation, it seem on the internet you should only discuss things that have an impact on your life...so basically nothing that is on the internet.

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

Kind of shocked they didn't go for a $250 price point. I mean what's this thing got going for it, really? NintendoTVii looked really neat, but I have something similar built into my TV already. The latest New Super Mario Bros. actually does look like a lot of fun, and I'm glad they're catering more to the hardcore crowd, but it's not $350 bucks worth of fun. Bayonetta 2 was a surprising and promising announcement, but I have to wonder if this is the start of a new direction in publishing for Nintendo or just a gimmick to draw in core players.

Anyways, $350 bucks (or even $300) for that thing is just an absurd asking price. I could buy 5 or 6 games for the prices they're asking, or I could buy this current-gen platform with a tablet controller that, because of its comparatively weak specs, will probably be all but irrelevant in a year and a half.

Posted by chaiHazuki

Why would I buy another Wii for $350 when I never use the one I have now?

Posted by BBAlpert
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 beta for Dragon Quest X.

Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest. I'd say that means that at worst it'll sell decently in Japan.

Posted by bunji

I hate Nintendo for napping exclusivity on Bayonetta 2. Now I have to get that console anyway :(

Posted by ChrisTaran

Have to say, impressed with what I see so far. Hoping for good things from and for Nintendo.

Posted by TeflonBilly

Two Platinum exclusives?! ONE OF THEM A SEQUEL TO BAYONETTA!? TAKE ALL MY MONEYS!

Posted by RockyRaccoon37

@Balex1908 said:

@Peanut said:

@Balex1908: Why do you even care? Who gives a shit if someone thinks one game is enough to justify a console purchase? Is them buying it directly impacting your life? Are you the one paying for it?

People will seriously complain about anything and everything.

I am not complaining, I hoped someone would explain to me why one game is all it takes to justify a console purchase.

Because materialism.

Posted by Demoskinos

@MattyFTM: Through the power of love.

Posted by budgietheii

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii exclusive, way to kill your franchise!

Didn't they go to the previous publisher SEGA asking to do another one and turned down. Being one of the big exclusives for a new console early on can do good things for it. And despite being a fantastic game, the first one didn't sell as well as it deserved.

Posted by Brandino

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

@Brandino: Not really, I would love them to make games and continue with all their intellectual properties but they need to stop embarrassing themselves in the console market falling behind constantly in quality and support from developers. Im well aware that the Wii sold well but it doesn't make it a good console. That is my opinion and nobody will change it.

Wii was a great console for me. It's all opinions.

I along with most people buy nintendo for first party games and Wii delivered on that. Pandoras Tower, Xeno, Last Story, Galaxy 1+2, the 2 zelda games, Mad World, Epic Yarn etc.

Posted by JJOR64

Got my Wii U preordered already cause I'm a crazy person.

Posted by Blind_Evil

Bayonetta 2 guarantees my purchase. Money situation dictates whether it's day one or later.

Posted by zitosilva

I thought that over here we wouldn't be getting the premium service and all the eShop discounts. Glad to be wrong.