Feature: Ultimate Wii U Guide

Nothing makes Nintendo fans salivate more than a brand new Nintendo home console. What's great is, that marvel is literally just around the corner. With Nintendo's juicy new console literally gasps away, we've put together our ultimate guide to the brand new console...

We've got all the Wii U information you could possibly need, and be sure to check back here regularly because we'll be keeping this page updated with info as it comes.

Wii U Console

The Wii U is Nintendo's latest home console, it focuses on bringing everyone together, just as the Wii did, although providing an equally enjoyable Singleplayer experience.

The most notable and exciting thing about the Wii U is the brand new controller. The Wii U controller has a screen of it's own and therefore allows a more intuitive gaming experience.

The new console can be seen as a more 'modern' console and includes all the features of the current HD devices whilst still providing that classic Nintendo experience.

HD Gaming

The Wii U is recognized for being Nintendo's first fully compatible HD video games console. Whilst the Wii and Gamecube only supported Standard Definition.

The Wii U will support 480p, 480i, 720p, 1080p and 1080i levels of High Definition and will require the use of a HDMI cable, which will come bundled.

Wii U Control Methods

The Wii U has high emphasis on it's new Gamepad and the many other ways to play. The primary way to control is the Wii U Gamepad, this new Gamepad features a 6.2 inch resistive touch screen, along with all the other features and buttons of your average Gamepad.

The controller will feature Two Analogue Thumbsticks, motion control amongst all your other usual options. There is also a camera and microphone, this will likely allow Video Chat with other Wii U users over Nintendo Network.

A Classic Style controller with also be available for purchase. This will be called the Wii U Controller Pro and will be very similar to the existing Wii Classic Controller Pro. This optional method of control will be much akin to the controller of the Xbox 360.

Nintendo are also throwing in the option to use all your Wii Controllers. These include your standard Wii Remote, along with all the other Wii peripherals you have kicking about.

Pricing and Bundles

Nintendo will be releasing two main console bundles at the launch of the Wii U. These include the Basic Set and the Deluxe Set. Here is a rundown of the two...

Wii U Basic Pack ($299 - UK Price set by retailers)
  • A white Nintendo Wii U Console
  • The console will include 8GB Internal Storage
  • A Wii U Gamepad (White - with Stylus)
  • A Sensor Bar
  • A High Speed HDMI Cable
  • AC Adapters for Wii U Console and Gamepad

Wii U Deluxe Pack ($349 - UK Price set by retailers)
  • A black Nintendo Wii U Console
  • The console will include 32GB Internal Storage
  • A Wii U Gamepad (Black - with Stylus)
  • A Sensor Bar
  • A High Speed HDMI Cable
  • AC Adapters for Wii U Console and Gamepad
  • A Charging stand for the Wii U Gamepad
  • A Play stand for the Wii U Gamepad
  • An upright stand for the Wii U Console
  • A Copy of Nintendo Land

In Europe, a Limited Edition bundle will also be available. This will include a Black Wii U and Controller along with a copy of Ubisoft's ZombiU.

Online Functionality

Nintendo's latest Home console is set to be their most online capable yet. Services like Nintendo Network and MiiVerse will be the front runners in online technology for Gaming.

Nintendo Network - Nintendo's new online service will be called Nintendo Network and will be very familiar to the services offered by Microsoft and Sony.

Nintendo's new online infrastructure will be modeled around the idea of User Accounts and each console will be capable of holding up to 12 different Nintendo Network Accounts.

The service will also include the Nintendo Wii U eShop, this will be much like the 3DS eShop and will offer great quality download titles. We have already seen the games announced for the service like Toki Tori 2 amongst others...

Nintendo will also be offering Nintendo Network Premium accounts which will come bundled with the deluxe Wii U pack, but there isn't much information about this yet.

MiiVerse - Whilst Nintendo Network is Nintendo's new online infrastructure, MiiVerse will be the front end of this new online service. MiiVerse will be a social network for Wii U users.

The service will operate primarily from the Wii U's dashboard and will be the main social hub for the console. The service will allow you to discuss and share games with other MiiVerse users. Nintendo hopes to add support for PCs and Smartphones in the future.

Nintendo TVii - Nintendo are planning on launching an Online Television service for their Wii U. This will bring together the likes of Netflix, Hulu and more. The service will be coming to North America and hasn't been confirmed for Europe yet.

Launch Titles

When the Wii U launches in the United Kingdom, these titles will be available (North American and Japanese titles are of a similar fashion):

  • Nintendo Land (Bundled with Premium Pack)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • FIFA 13
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

These titles will also be available within the launch window: Trine 2, Toki Tori 2, Nano Assault Neo, Assassin's Creed 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2, Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge, Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed, Darksiders 2, NBA 2K13, LEGO City Undercover.

Titles such as Pikmin 3 and Dragon Quest X however, will most likely be launched in 2013.

Backwards Compatibility

The Wii U will feature backwards compatibility with Nintendo Wii games, as confirmed. You will be able to play all of your favourite Wii titles with your Wii U.

However, the Wii U will not support Gamecube titles, although it is likely that GC titles will be available from the Wii U eShop.

Release Date

The Wii U will launch at the above prices in the above bundles on...

  • North America - 18th November 2012
  • Europe / United Kingdom - 30th November 2012
  • Australia and other PAL regions - 30th November 2012
  • Japan - 8th December 2012

So there you have it! That is Nintendo's brand new console all rounded up! We will be sure to keep a close eye on it, leading up to the console's launch!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the Wii U, please do leave them below...

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