Yesterday, Nintendo had an announcement: the next day, they would officially announce details regarding the launch of their newest console, the Wii U. Redundant, I know. Well, it’s officially the next day, and the information is out, so let’s bust out some bullet points, shall we?
- The Wii U is going to launch on November 18th, 2012 (But we already knew that, didn’t we?)
- There will be two sets of Wii U available at launch: a $299 set that comes with a white console, the GamePad, all of the standard cables and doohickeys (including HDMI! Our little Nintendo is growing up), and a laughable 8 gigabytes of memory.
- The second is the $350 deluxe set, which comes with a jet black-colored console, a console stand, a GamePad charger (these two should have been in the standard set as well, in my opinion), and enrollment in the Digital Deluxe Promotion (which allows digital discounts through 2014 and I hope has Diamond Dallas Page as a spokesman). This set also comes bundled with NintendoLand, the obligatory Nintendo-themed collection of minigames. Obviously it comes with everything else the standard set has, while significantly upgrading the memory to 32 gigabytes.
- Nintendo also unveiled something called TVii, which allows a user to stream movies and television from services such as Hulu or Netflix on the GamePad controller, which is useful if the TV is in use.
- Bayonetta 2 is now a Wii U exclusive. Cool beans.
- The only games confirmed for launch day are the already-mentioned NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. U. This was about the point where my face became nestled safely in my palm. Here’s to hoping there’s more than two launch titles, as Nintendo would become the undisputed champion of poor launches.
- Speaking of hardly having any games on launch day, there are around 50 Wii U games scheduled to launch before April of 2013, so that’s a plus.
- There’s a semi-social network thing going on called the MiiVerse. I’ll probably stick with Facebook and harassing celebrities over Twitter.
- Lastly, you can trade your Wii in to GameStop for $50. Just don’t give them any Wii Motion Plus controllers, as you’ll need those for many Wii U titles.
There you have it, every single bean that Nintendo was willing to spill is up there. We still don’t know a couple things, such as the price of games or the price of a second GamePad controller (I’d assume an arm and a leg). We also don’t know if Nintendo is going to slash prices of Wii Motion Plus controllers, being oldish technology and all. I’ll have more Wii U news when it becomes available, if it becomes available.