Nintendo Wii U Preview Event Recap

Nintendo had a press conference yesterday in New York called the “Wii U Preview Event”.
Here are some of the highlights what Nintendo announced yesterday

  • Wii U Pricing and Release Date
  • Some Wii U Features like Nintendo TVii
  • The Launch Title list and Game Pricing

Wii U Pricing and Release Date
Nintendo revealed that the Wii U will be starting at $299.99 for the “Basic” Version.
The “Basic” Version of the Wii U will include a white Wii U console with 8GB of storage (yes that’s right only 8GB, for the basic version anyway), a GamePad, AC adapters, a Wii U Sensor bar, stands for the console and the GamePad and a HDMI Cable. The Deluxe Version that cost $349.99 includes all that is included in the Basic Version but all in black and instead of 8GB or storage, you get bumped up to 32GB and plus you will also get charging cradles and a FREE copy of Nintendoland. The Deluxe Version will also include access to “Digital Download” credit that can be used to download some Wii U titles. The Nintendoland game will NOT be included with the Basic Version of the Wii U and will be sold separately.The Wii U will be available in North America on November 18th 2012, November 30th 2012 in Europe and December 8th 2012 for Japan.

Wii U Features (Like Nintendo TVii)
Nintendo also introduced a service for Wii U called Nintendo TVii, basically it is “a personalized programming guide” that you can use to either watch live TV or streaming video on services like Netflix and Amazon Video and Hulu Plus. These few mentioned video applications are all combined into one single hub and the GamePad is used to control the service a remote.Users (or different family members) can create different profiles and each individual user can flip through different TV channels and their favourite programming and ties it to each of their profiles. Which they then can share with their online friends. Nintendo TVii also has integration for Twitter, Facebook, IMDB and Wikipedia. Nintendo parterned up with a company called i. TV and they specialize in “designing and building second screen and social TV experiences” for Nintendo’s TVii service.The Nintendo TVii service will be available in the Canada and the United States on Wii U’s launch date of November 18th. Plus the service will be included with all Wii U consoles with no addition costs or monthly fees (except for those streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Launch Titles for the Wii U
Nintendo also announced the what games would be scheduled to be released from November 18th 2012 and the end of March 2013. The titles listed below will be released between those mentioned period of time. All Wii U games will cost $59.99
  • 505 Games
    • Funky Barn
    2K Sports
    • NBA 2K13
    Activision Publishing, Inc.
    • 007 Legends
    • Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
    • Wipeout 3 Skylanders Giants
    • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
    • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
    • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
    • Ben 10: Omniverse
    • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
    Disney Interactive
    • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    Electronic Arts
    • Mass Effect 3
    • Madden NFL 13
    • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13
    • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
    Gaijin Games
    • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
    Majesco Entertainment
    • Zumba® Fitness Core
    Maximum Games
    • Jett Tailfin
    NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
    • Nintendo Land
    • New Super Mario Bros. U
    • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
    • SiNG PARTY
    • LEGO® City: Undercover
    • Wii Fit U
    • Game & Wario
    • Pikmin 3
    • The Wonderful 101
    • Aliens: Colonial Marines
    • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    • Nano Assault Neo
    Tecmo Koei America Corporation
    • WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
    • Darksiders® II
    • Wheel of Fortune®
    • JEOPARDY! ®
    Two Tribes
    • Toki Tori 2
    • Assassin’s Creed® III
    • Just Dance® 4
    • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
    • Rabbids® Land Sports Connection
    • Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
    • ZombiU
    • Rayman Legends®
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Scribblenauts
    • Unlimited Game Party Champions
    • Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition
Here are some screenshots of the Wii U and Games 

Also in case you would like to see the Nintendo Wii U Preview Press Conference. The Video is available on Nintendo’s Website:
Pre-Order the Wii U (Both Versions) on Best Buy

Wii U 8GB Basic Version for $299.99
Wii U 32GB Deluxe Version for $349.99
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Sachin is a talented and versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more. He started TheCanadianTechie back in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”.

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