Everything You Need To Know About The Wii U (That Nintendo Was Willing To Tell Us)

The new Wii is called the Wii U. It's coming to Australia on November 30 and will cost $349.95 for the basic package and $429.95 for the Deluxe Set. Nintendo blasted out heaps of news about it today. But they didn't tell us everything.

Here's What We Know

  • It's $349.95 for the basic version that includes the console (which is way more powerful than the Wii and somewhere in the ballpark of the PS3/Xbox360, give or take... probably better, not worse), the GamePad (the signature of the system, a controller with a 6.2-inch screen, two analogue thumbsticks, a forward-facing camera, a bunch of face buttons and a gyro sensor), 8GB of on-board memory, AC adaptors for the console and controller, a sensor bar (take that, Japan) and — surprise! — an HDMI cable. It's white. It does not come with any Wii Remotes, which will be used in many multiplayer games. Hopefully you have some. They need to be Wii Remote Pluses.
  • It's $429.95 if you buy the Deluxe Set, which has all of the above, although with 32GB of on-board memory, a console stand, a charging cradle for the GamePad and a membership in something called the Deluxe Digital Promotion (DDP!), which will provide discounts for digital downloads through 2014. The Deluxe version comes with Wii U flagship game Nintendo Land packed in.
  • They made a thing for it called TVii that is both a crime against the English language and a new service for letting users watch streaming video on the Wii U GamePad, even if someone else in the house is using the TV that the Wii U is hooked up to. It'll even pull stuff that was DVR'd on your TiVo.
  • You'll be able to play the next Call of Duty on the system, and, better, this game, Black Ops II will let you play split-screen across your TV and the screen on the GamePad. Here's proof.
  • Bayonetta 2 will be exclusive for the Wii U. We don't know when it's coming out, but the sequel to the super-sexy action game isn't just a steal from the Xbox/PlayStation playbook but a potential answer to the question: "What will grandmas enjoy on the new Wii?"
  • Nintendo Land is Nintendo's only confirmed launch day game (man, there better be more). This virtual theme park of Nintendo-themed attractions includes a cool Metroid riff.
  • Nintendo has declared that some 50 games will be out in the system's launch window, which opens on November 18 and closes on March 31. Those games include ZombiU, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 (Formerly Project 100), Assassin's Creed III, Mass Effect 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Lego City Undercover, Wii Fit U and a lot more.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U looks awesome.
  • There will be a new Wii U game from the people who made Xenoblade and >a Warriors Orochi game.
  • The Wii U will offer a sort of gamer's social network called MiiVerse.
  • Update: Nintendo has confirmed that games will start at $US59.99.

Here's What We Don't Know (Yet)

  • Which games are actually coming out on launch day, other than Nintendo Land?
  • The cost of a second GamePad. No launch games appear to support one, but the system can. Maybe Nintendo held this back from America after revealing that an extra GamePad will cost an extraordinary half of the cost of a basic Wii U bundle in Japan (which, if you do the maths, means that the controller kind of actually costs the same as the console sans packed-in controller.)
  • The cost of Wii Remote Pluses? These will be required for multiplayer in Nintendo Land games and will be the preferred controller option, along with the Wii Nunchuk, for many games. Remote Pluses go for $50-$60 now. The tech is getting old, so maybe Nintendo will cut people a break? Or they'll assume they have them from their Wiis.
  • The price of games?

We'll have plenty more about Wii U in the hours and days to come. We've got people playing the system right now!


Comments

    ZombiU & New Super Mario Bros. U were confirmed as November 30 releases in Europe as well, so here's hoping Aus gets the same release date for them.

    I believe Rayman Legends was also confirmed for November 30, though I am not entirely sure.

      Wow nearly every article is about the wii u. SELLOUTS

        Not sure if troll...

        So a major announcement overnight and coverage of said announcement and this makes them Sellouts?

    Deluxe digital promotion? Self high five!

    "and a membership in something called the Deluxe Digital Promotion (DDP!), which will provide discounts for digital downloads through 2014. "

    Do you mean through to 2014? Wouldn't through 2014 mean you'd have to wait until 2014 to start enjoying dicounts? Seems like a long way away to wait to get discounts.

      "through 2014" means through to the end of 2014.

        The way it reads suggests the discounts start in 2014. That is, it only includes the year 2014, not any time before it. Atleast, that how it reads to me.

    Is it backwards compatible with old Wii games?

      One of my motivations for buying one. I never owned a Wii so I'll be able to pick up all of those old games, hopefully cheaper than I can now and give them a whirl.

    The price seems fair, though I'm still going to take a wait and see approach. The launch line up sounds pretty good, but I want to see what support is like post launch window. The one thing I really I want to know is if this thing is region locked. I'm not playing that game again.

    So... still region locked I assume? Meaning no importing of software from other territories (ala PS3 and some X360 titles)

    Fail...

    Get with the time Nintendo, its a small world and people dont want region locking anymore

    Also - no details on Virtual Console titles etc

    I dont understand why people are getting SO excited by this... dont you all remember getting burnt by the Wii less than 6 years ago?

      à la PS3.... ? The PS3 isn't region locked.

        To be clear, publishers can region-lock specfic titles, like with Persona 4 Arena, but besides that title, I don't think any other game has been region locked since the PS3 was released.

        Stuf on the Store is regional.

        You read my comment wrong - replace "ala" with "unlike" then seeing as though I used the word in the wrong context

    So I can actually go back and finish Skyward Sword now - just wondering how it will 'upscale'...

    I am actually pleasantly surprised by the pricing. Not enough for me to go out and get one at launch mind you, but colour me interested at the very least.

    This will be a day 1 buy for me, looks promising and I love being an early adopter in general. Even the Nintendo Land stuff looks fun.

    So... not WiiiMote Plus included in Premium? meh.. no wonder it's so cheap.. just like the Wii release, you had to buy extra stuff just to play 0-day games...

    The thing I loved and still love is the wiimote stuff.. the tablet itself isn't of the same interest to me.. will have to wait and see.. but think I might just wait till we get a new XBox with Kinect in a couple of years.

    A massive "whatevs" to this console. My Wii is just a dust collector these days, so I think I'll just keep rocking games on my PC and wait for this whole console fad to finish up :) Glad to see I'm saving hundreds more on this console. More money to upgrade my beast

    when they say wiimote + only does that mean that a standard wiimote and the wii motion + attachment will NOT be supported
    i have 2 of these and only 1 real wiimote +
    i do not want to buy any more controllers

    D: i dont have any wiimote + .... So does that mean i have to get one as well as the wii u? And does anyone know if you can play, say, rayman legends one player with just the wii u gamepad? So play as rayman but be able to use murphy as well?

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