Friday, 14 September 2012

Wii U Launch Date and Launch Games

First of all sorry that this post wasn't put up yesterday afternoon as promised, I had to go out and didn't get back in time to write this.

Yesterday was the Wii U press event and here in the UK the Nintendo Direct broadcast that ran alongside it. As I said in my post yesterday there was a lot of pressure on Nintendo to sell the Wii U, especially after the disaster that was E3. Did they succeed? Well it was good, it was really good but it wasn't amazing, there were no Zeldas or Metroids and on the third party front there was no Grand Theft Auto 5 and no Resident Evil 6 but it was still solid in terms of games.

In terms of launch titles we have first party games like New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land (which does actually look quite cool!) and Pikmin 3 will be released early next year. Third party wise we have Zombiu which for me needed to be a launch title for me to even consider buying the console on launch day which is the 30th November here in the UK.

There were also some rather cool surprises. Activision are bringing Call of Duty Black Ops 2 to the console which was fairly obvious due to their support of other Nintendo consoles but is no less important due to the games massive success and the audience it could draw to the console. Then there was the awesome surprise. Alongside The Wonderful 101 (aka Project P-100) Platinum games is also developing Bayonetta 2 exclusively for the Wii U. The game may not be as guaranteed a hit as Call of Duty but the first game was amazing and I am massively excited for the sequel.

And then the real surprise was that Capcom are bringing Monster Hunter 3 to the Wii U in 2013, if there was a third party game guaranteed to sell consoles to Nintendo fans its got to be this. I haven't played a Monster Hunter game in years but I would love to be able to play this. Alongside these games were the ones we already new about like Mass Effect 3, Fifa 13 and Toki Tori 2. All in all the Wii U game line up is impressive and is a lot stronger than it was at E3 and in terms of games I'm pretty sold on the console.

In terms of the console itself there will be a number of bundles. You can get the white console which comes with a GamePad and an HDMI cable as well 8GB of storage and a sensor bar or you can get the premium package which comes with a GamPad, HDMI cable, 32GB of storage, Nintendo Land, 2 years discount off of Nintendo Network downloads, a sensor bar, a stand for the Wii U and a stand for the GamePad. Shibata was unable to confirm prices for Europe due to the various currencies but it should be between £200 and £250 for the two packages. He did also say that there would be a limited edition Zombiu bundle but there were no details given for the package.

In terms of accessories there will be a Wii Remote Plus pack which comes with a Wii Remote Plus, a nunchuk and a sensor bar. There will also be separate GamePads and Pro Controllers on sale alongside the console.

So will I be buying one? I'm not sure, I love the look of it and would absolutely love one but it doesn't have all the games my PS3 has, it doesn't have MGS or support from Bethesda or 2K and so far it's not clear that Battlefield 3 is coming to the console so I'd want to keep my PS3 but with university work and my normal work I'm just not sure I'd have the time to play two consoles, so I'll have to wait and see. Should you buy it? Yes, whether you are a Nintendo fan or just a fan of gaming you should definitely buy it, the lineup is solid and the controller is innovative and the potential for it is huge. It's still not clear how it will match up against the next generation from Sony and Microsoft but if they play their cards right I think Nintendo could do it, ill save that for another blog post though.

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  1. Must say from what I read here, and other various articles, am quite optimistic that the launch is going to go well. The Wii U game list seems quite strong, better than it was at E3 and in terms of games I think the console should sell well. The launch date is well set for the Christmas market in the UK so I really think it should be a winner.

    Time will tell but reckon it's looking good.

  2. Agree with you Mike on the launch date, this should mean a good Christmas market and a lot of Christmas wish lists will include the new console. We will need to check out the various bundles that will be available but all in all reckon things bode well.
    Another good piece here .. thanks