Nintendo Announces Details on new Wii U

By Joe Buda

Las Vegas Informer

The Nintendo Wii U will launch this November in the United States and Europe, according to a statement by Nintendo on Thursday.

An 8 gigabytes version of the system will be available for $299.99, while a 32 gigabytes version will retail for $349.99.

The console will come with one controller, dubbed a GamePad, which includes its own touchscreen.  Other than game play, the touchscreen will allow the user to control content on their television as well as show supplemental content, including box scores and sports statistics.

The service to manage television content has been dubbed Nintendo TVii. It links content from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon as well as television shows from television providers such as cable and satellite television providers.

The controller will  include a camera and a stylus.  It will allow unique two player options where one player can play off of the television screen while another plays off of the touchscreen.

The console will also support game play with up to four Wii remotes, the controller found on the original Wii.

In total the Wii U will support up to five players at once, four with Wii remotes and one with a GamePad.

During the announcement, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime stated that a full slate of games will be available when the console launches.

According to Fils-Aime, “I can assure you that this launch library, beginning on day one, will be the strongest for any Nintendo home platform in our history.”

This library will reportedly contain over 50 games including new versions of Nintendo staples “Super Mario Brothers” and “Metroid.”  “Call of Duty Black Ops 2” is also expected at launch. The Wii U will be packaged with the “Nintendoland” game.

Additional content will be available on the Wii U eShop, which will be available when the console launches.

Unlike the original Nintendo Wii, the new Wii U will be able to handle advanced video thanks to its powerful hardware.

The Wii U will support full 1080p high definition.  Its game discs are a proprietary optical disc that store upwards of 25 gigabytes of data.  It comes equipped with 2 gigabytes of RAM, with 1 gigabyte used for the system console and 1 gigabyte used for games.  In comparison, the PS3 and Xbox360 have 512 megabytes of RAM.

The launch date for the United States is November 18, with Europe following on November 30.  The Wii U will debut in Japan on December 8, making it available in most of the key markets prior to the holiday shopping season.


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