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Nintendo Wii U: The Ultimate Gaming Experience At Your Finger Tips

Nintendo is set to debut their next-generation video game system on November 18, right in time for the holiday shopping season. With a gamepad that sports a 6.2” embedded touchscreen and several launch titles geared towards the hardcore gamer, it’s sure to be one of the hottest sellers for Nintendo since the original Wii system was introduced in 2006. Many retailers quickly sold out of their allotment of Wii U pre-orders.

Two Wii U system bundles will be available on launch day – the Basic Set and the Deluxe Set. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll get with each bundle:

The Basic Set carries a price tag of $299.99 and includes the following:

– White Wii U Hardware
– 8 GB internal storage
– Wii U Gamepad
– Wii U Gamepad Stylus
– Sensor bar
– Wii U console AC adapter
– Wii U Gamepad AC adapter
– HDMI cable

If you want to step up to the Deluxe Set for $349.99, you’ll get the following:

– Black Wii U Hardware
– 32 GB internal storage
– Wii U Gamepad
– Wii U Gamepad Stylus
– Sensor bar
– Wii U console AC adapter
– Wii U Gamepad AC adapter
– HDMI cable
– Nintendo Land video game
– Wii U Gamepad Stand
– Wii U Gamepad Cradle
– Wii U Console Stand

To expand the Wii U’s available storage (and you’ll need to, particularly with the 8 GB model), Nintendo recommends using a USB hard drive with a dedicated power source, such as an AC adapter. The unit supports a maximum hard drive size of 2 TB.

Be sure to hang on to those Wii games too, because the Wii U is backward compatible with them. It can also use many original Wii peripherals including the Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, and Balance Board. It is not compatible with Nintendo Gamecube games or controllers, however.

A total of 30 Wii U launch titles will be available in North America:

Assassin’s Creed III
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition
Ben 10: Omniverse
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Darksiders II
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
ESPN Sports Connection
FIFA Soccer 13
Funky Barn
Game Party Champions
Just Dance 4
Madden NFL 13
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
NBA 2k13
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Nintendo Land
Rabbids Land
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Sing Party
Skylanders: Giants
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Tank! Tank! Tank!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
Transformers: Prime
Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Wipeout: The Game 3
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
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If this impressive list of games is any indication, it looks like Nintendo’s new console already has a lot of third party support behind it. And while it’s true that many of these titles are available on other consoles, utilizing the Wii U gamepad should add some unique elements to the gameplay experience.

It will be interesting to see if the hardcore gamer crowd embraces the Wii U or if it will follow in the Wii’s footsteps and be perceived as a console for casual gaming only.

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16 Nov 2012 | Categories: Gadgets & Tech