Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 10:19 AM by Tim Bowers
Apologies that this is a little late but I have only just picked myself up off the floor after a fantastic Nintendo Direct Presentation yesterday afternoon.
Nintendo have now finally shown their hand and revealed the launch date and titles we can expect later this year.
The Wii U will launch on the Friday 30 November across Europe. This is after the American launch on November 18th but before the Japanese launch in December.
The presentation confirmed this morning’s Japanese presentation of the technical specifications of the Wii U and the available bundles.
The Wii U basic bundle in white with an 8GB hard drive and the Wii U Premium bundle in black with a 32Gb hard drive.
The Wii U Premium bundle will also contain a GamePad stand, charger, sensor bar and it will be bundled with Nintendo Land.
Also confirmed were the Pro controller, and a special Wii Remote Plus accessory pack including a Wii Plus Remote, Nunchuck and Sensor bar.
Due to European Retailers setting the prices Mr Shibata was unable to give us a cost for the Wii U.
Prices have appeared online with Game & GameStation offering the two bundles at £259.99 and £309.99 respectively
Amazon are offering the bundles at £249.99 and £299.99
He then moved onto the important stuff, what we can expect to play.
Launch titles for the Wii U are:
A special ZombiU Wii U bundle was also announced which will include the Premium Wii U Bundle.
He then moved onto other games that will be released within the Launch window which runs up to March 2013.
The presentation came to an end revealing two previously unannounced and unexpected titles.
The first being Bayonetta 2 from Platinum games. This will be published by Nintendo and released exclusively on Wii U. No release date was given for this title.
The last announcement of the presentation was that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate edition will also be available for the Wii U in March 2013. The game will be able to link with the 3DS to allow players to go mobile and share information.
This was a very strong showing for Nintendo and shows that they have the buy in from the elusive third party developers.
The Nintendo Wii U will launch on Friday 30th November.
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