Nintendo Wii U coming to North America on November 18

By Sameer Mitha | Published on Jan 01 1970
Nintendo Wii U coming to North America on November 18

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Nintendo has finally announced the launch date and price for its Wii U console in North America. The gaming giant will break tradition and launch the Wii U in the US first and later in Japan.

Yesterday we reported that Nintendo has announced the launch date and price for the Wii U in Japan. The Wii U will hit store shelves in the U.S. on November 18 and on November 30 in the U.K.

The Basic Set will cost $299.99 (Rs. 16,500 approx.) and the Premium Set will cost $349.99 (Rs. 20,000).  The Basic set that costs $299 will contain the Wii U console, one GamePad, sensor bar, 8GB built-in storage and HDMI cable.

The $349 Premium Set, Wii U console, one GamePad, sensor bar, HDMI cable, charging stand, console stand, 32GB SSD and Nintendo Land game disc. The Premium set also comes with a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, that lets gamers avail discountson contentpurchased online.

One surprise at Nintendo’s launch event was that Bayonetta 2 will be a Wii exclusive. You can take a look at the teaser trailer below:

Another surprise announcement that came from Nintendo was about the service TVii. The current gen consoles – Xbox 360 and the PS3 have the potential to be the center of your entertainment and media consumption. The Wii U– Nintendo’s idea for being the centerpiece of your home entertainment.

Video services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and YouTube will make an appearance in TVii. Other features of TVii include the capable of cross-platform search through both streaming-video services and live TV, providing second-screen information via the GamePad screen, and also the ability to controlling your DVR and other home theater components,something on the lines of a universal remote.

If you are wondering what games will be available for the system, Nintendo has said that over 50 games will be available during the launch window (November 18 to March 2013). The list of games is as follows:

  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Lego City: Undercover
  • NintendoLand
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Game &Wario
  • Sing Party
  • Pikmin 3
  • Wii Fit U
  • The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • NBA 2K13
  • Warriors Orochi 3: Hyper
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Zombi U
  • Rabbids Land
  • Just Dance 4
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth
  • You Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Sports Connection
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Rayman Legends
  • Darksiders II
  • Jeopardy!
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Transformers Prime
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Zumba Fitness Core
  • Wipeout 3
  • 007 Legends
  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Trine 2: Director's Cut
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Funky Barn
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Mass Effect 3
  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Jett Tailfin

Some of the multiplatform games from the above list will be launched with Wii U exclusive content. For those of you that are interested can watch the Wii U event below:  

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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