Thursday, 13 September 2012

Nintendo Direct.

Information has now been revealed for the upcoming release of Nintendo's new console, the Wii U.

The Wii U will be released in the UK on 30th November 2012. Prices are yet to be confirmed as they will be determined by each retailer independently. More news on that as soon as possible! Separate controllers will also be available, and are the equivalent of £107 each in Japan (but no UK price as of now), which might seem high, but Nintendo has confirmed that there are no games as of yet, that will require a second Wii U controller. Release date in Japan is the 8th of December, so for us to receive it earlier is a big surprise!

The Basic Pack will include 8GB internal storage, two AC adapters, one GamePad and a HDMI cable.
The Premium Pack will include the same as above, but will include a 32GB internal storage instead, as well as a stand for your Wii U and Wii U GamePad, a charging cradle, sensor bar and launch title NintendoLand!

There will also be a ZombiU Premium Bundle Pack, containing everything included in the Premium Pack, but also includes ZombiU.

The Basic Pack does not include a sensor bar, as Nintendo figures that most people who purchase the Wii U will also own an original Wii, but fear not, if you did not own a Wii, a separate "Wii Remote Plus Additional Set" will be available on launch day, which will include a WiiRemote Plus, aswell as the sensor bar.

There is also a new Wii U Pro controller, which is a controller similarly shaped to an Xbox 360 controller, but with a different button layout. Four of these can connect at one time to the Wii U, and two GamePads can connect at once (although no games need 2 GamePads at the moment).

All original Wii controllers will be compatible with the Wii U as will all software for the Wii, such as any Virtual Console downloads and WiiWare. And, praise the Lord, you will be able to transfer your existing content from your Wii to the Wii U (to prevent you from having to re-buy them).

Wii U capabilities are (obviously) superior to the Wii. Graphics are now available in 720p and 1080p. Wii U game discs will have 25GB of storage space, and will run at 22.5MB/s. The games will use 1GB of memory from the console, with another 1GB required for the OS (operating system).

The Wii U GamePad is marvellous, and includes a gyrosensor, magnetic sensor, microphone, speaker, and of course, the LCD touch screen.

There will be lots of fun multiplayer games available on the Wii U, three of which caught my eye, Metroid Blast, The Legend of Zelda BattleQuest and Donkey Kong Crash Course.

Launch titles for the Wii U are said to be Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, ZombiU and Mass Effect Special Edition.

There is also Nintendo Network Premium, which will be a free service for everyone who purchases the Black Premium Wii U, and will reward you with 10% of the price you pay for any digital downloads in points, and once you reach 500 points (which will equate to £5~) they will then be activated to spend.

I for one definitely want one, but with a release so close to Christmas, I'll unfortunately have to wait for a bit before I pick one up, especially since the next few months look to be pretty tight for me.

What do you think? Are you going to be a Day 1 adopter, or pick one up later down the line?
Let me know in the comments below!

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