The Wii U is out just in time for the holidays. It will come in two versions: Nintendo Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - White for $299.99, and a Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set version, that comes with the Nintendo Land game for $349.99. They've also announced 50 games that will be ready during the "launch window". I've linked to some of those games below, and added a couple more (not previously mentioned) here: New Super Mario Bros. U, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth, Assassin's Creed III, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Scribblenauts Unlimited]
On the first day of the 2012 E3 convention, Nintendo pushed
gaming entertainment to the next level by announcing their new wireless motion-sensor tablet controller: the Wii U GamePad. No pricing details or launch date have been announced yet (but you can bet that they are shooting for availability by the holidays), they did say that it can be used with all the current Wii controllers, and that more than 20 games are already in development.
At the press conference, Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime said when using the new GamePad controller “you are playing the same game, but you are playing it differently” than the other players. Nintendo put together a great “trailer” video that really shows off the features of the new Wii U controller, here it is (courtesy of IGN):
Some other games they’ve mentioned are Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, ZombiU, Wii Fit U, Pikmin 3 and Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. Nintendo’s YouTube channel has videos for all these games, and more, being played with the new controller here. The new Wii U GamePad will also be able to stream HD quality videos via Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video and YouTube.
It appears as though Nintendo has made the next step without making their customer purchase a whole new gaming console. Wii users, are you excited for this? Non Wii users, does this make you want to purchase a Wii?