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What You Need to Know About Nintendo Wii-U (Updated)

What You Need to Know About Nintendo Wii-U (Updated)

Since it was unveiled at the 2011 E3 convention, the Nintendo Wii-U has quickly become one of the most anticipated consoles in recent memory. Unfortunately, the information has been coming slowly and in small chunks. This means that most of the information isn’t consolidated, and it’s very likely that a few details have been missed by all but the die-hard Nintendo fans.

Nintendo Wii-U Release Date

First of all, the release dates of the Wii U have already been announced. It will be released in the United States in early November, in Europe roughly 2 weeks after the U.S. and in Japan in early December. This is a little bit odd, as Nintendo consoles are consistently released in Japan first.

Ninendo Wii U Price

Each console will cost about $300 USD before taxes or $350 USD for the deluxe edition. The basic version comes with everything that the console needs to operate: controllers, wires, a motion sensor and a stylus. The deluxe edition comes with additional stands for the console and a free game. The basic edition is colored white and has eight GB of storage while the deluxe version is black and comes with 32 GB of storage. It is also rumored that deluxe owners will receive 10% bonus points for Nintendo’s upcoming reward system.

Game List

There’s only two confirmed games for the launch, which are the new version of Super Mario Brothers and a game called Nintendoland, which is the free game that comes with the deluxe edition. There are over 15 other games that are expected to be released before the beginning of March. The MSRP of games is $59.99 USD, which is a full $10 increase from the last model.

The New Controller

One of the most exciting features of the Wii U is its new controller. Imagine a hybrid between a controller and a small tablet. The Wii U controller is like a standard video game controller, but the center of it is an interactive touchscreen. The touchscreen will be used for different purposes in each game. In a game like Pikmin, the screen will function as a map, while in a game called ZombiU, the controller’s screen can be used as an infrared camera by pointing it at screen. It also functions as a mini-screen, meaning that the console can be played while the TV is in use directly from the controller like a handheld system. This is an excellent feature for families because there is often competition for televisions.

More Fun Facts

  • The controllers are all battery-powered and rechargable.
  • The storage capacity can be increased with SD cards.
  • The system weighs about 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg).
  • The video cables will work with numerous ports.
  • The system can connect to the internet.
  • The controller can be used as a web browser.
  • Nintendo is making an in-game social network similar to Facebook.


That’s what you need to know about Nintendo Wii U. The system is the first next-generation console to be released since the Playstation 3, and it is setting the bar quite high for Sony and Microsoft.


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