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Wii U Launch Details Revealed

Wii U (Black)

Following months of speculation, Nintendo has just announced the North American release date and pricing for the Wii U. At a brief preview event in New York, Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the following:

Wii U will launch on 11/18, and will ship in two editions

As was also the case in Japan, the Wii U will launch with two SkUs, a basic, white model with an 8gb SD card, and a deluxe, black model with a 32gb SD card. Both will include with the console, AC adapter, one Wii U gamepad, sensor bar, and cables. Additionally, the deluxe package will include NintendoLand packed in.

Wii U is backwards compatible

Wii U will be compatible will all Wii accessories, including the nunchuk, wii remotes, and wii balance board, and "most" Wii games.

Wii U is priced at $299.99 and $349.99, respectively

As widely anticipated, the Wii U starts as low as $299.99 for the basic model, and $349.99 for the Deluxe package.

Chase Mii and Battle Mii returns! (Sort of)

Battle Mii, one of the initial tech demos for the Wii U Nintendo showcased at E3 2011 when the system was announced, is now officially part of NintendoLand. Now known as Metroid Blast, this attraction pits up to 5 players in competition, four with a wii remote, as ground players, and one with the Wii U Gamepad controlling a space ship.

Another mini game that originally was shown as a tech demo at E3 2011, Chase Mii, now known as Mario Chase was announced for NintendoLand as well. Again, up to five players can play simultaneously, four with wii remotes, and a fifth with the Wii U gamepad.

Nintendo TVii will be available at launch Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Video on Demand support will come out of the box, and the Wii U will also work as a TV remote, complete with program guide, and online functionality. Additionally, it will work with select Tivo units as well. Nintendo TVii is optimized to work specifically the Wii U gamepad. Featuring Movies, TV, Sports, personalized Favorites, and a Search option, Nintnedo TVii promises to add make television viewing intuitive and fun, and will be free to all Wii U owners at launch.

Two Big Platinum Games Exclusives In what may well be the biggest surprise of the day, Bayonetta 2 was announced as being in development from Platinum games, as a Wii U exclusive. Additionally, the title formerly known as Project P-100 now has an official title: The Wonderful 101.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to North America

Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise is coming to the Wii U next march, by way of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.

Activision Announced Wii U Launch Window Games Skylanders: Giants, Transformers Prime,Wipeout 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and 007 Legends, are all slated for release sometime in the Wii U's initial launch window.

So, there you have it. Everything you need to know about Nintendo's upcoming console. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available!

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