Nintendo's Wii U Console Introduces How U Will Play Next
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Wii U GamePad to Change the Way People Play, Browse, Share and
VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Nintendo's Wii U™ console - the first new home video game system in six years - arrives
on Nov. 18, aiming to change the landscape of games and entertainment
with its new Wii U GamePad controller. With more than 30 launch-day
games for all types of players, Wii U arrives just in time for the
holidays and is poised to be the must-have gift of the season.
The Wii U Basic Set will be available at a suggested retail price of
$299.99 and includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB* of internal
storage, one white touch-screen GamePad controller, AC adapters for
both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI™ cable. The Wii U Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail
price of $349.99 and its components are black. This set includes all
elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased internal storage totaling 32 GB*, a console stand, a
GamePad stand and a GamePad charging cradle. People who purchase the
Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which
allows Deluxe Set owners to earn points when they purchase downloadable
games and then redeem those points for codes that earn them credit
toward even more fun digital content in the online Nintendo eShop. For
more information about the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which is available
for a limited time, please visit http://ddp.nintendo.com.
"Wii U is an 'everyday' connected device - offering a combination of
games, entertainment, online connectivity and social activity that will
make people want to interact with it daily," said Ron Bertram, Nintendo
of Canada's vice-president and general manager. "Never before have so
many features been packed into one game console, at any price. Our
substantial lineup of games offered at launch has something for
everyone on your shopping list."
Wii U offers completely new and unexpected game play, entertainment
experiences and unique online interactions:
Wii U GamePad: The controller features a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how
people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another.
It comes with dual analog sticks and traditional buttons for gaming.
The GamePad is wirelessly connected to the console, providing a
perfectly integrated second-screen experience with the TV, no matter
how it's being used. Different players can enjoy different experiences
in the same game, depending on which controller they opt to use.
Players can even move select games from the TV to be played on the
GamePad or use the GamePad as a TV remote control.
Games: Wii U is launching with 29 packaged games, plus a handful of digital
games, marking the largest launch lineup in Nintendo history.
Nintendo-published games available on launch day include Nintendo Land™, New Super Mario Bros. ™ U, SiNG PARTY™ and NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor's Edge. Third-party publishers also will have an amazing array of games
available on launch day, such as Just Dance® 4, Assassin's Creed® III and ZombiU™from Ubisoft, Skylanders Giants™ and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II from Activision Publishing, Inc., Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, EA SPORTS™FIFA Soccer 13 and Madden NFL 13 from Electronic Arts, NBA 2K13 from 2K Sports and Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition and Scribblenauts™Unlimited from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. A number of these titles
will also be available for purchase digitally in the Nintendo eShop
alongside a strong launch-day lineup of downloadable digital-only
games, including Little Inferno from Tomorrow Corporation, Trine 2™: Director's Cut from Frozenbyte, Chasing Aurora from Broken Rules, Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition from WayForward and Nano Assault NEO from Shin'en. Wii U owners can expand the storage capacity of their
systems by adding their own USB external hard disc drives. Downloadable
content for select games, such as additional levels or maps, will roll
out in December following a system update. Wii U is backward compatible
with almost all Wii™ games and Wii accessories.
Miiverse: Miiverse™ is a global community in which gamers from all over can share
experiences, discuss games and learn more about the video games they
love. Using their personalized Mii™ characters, players with broadband Internet access can enter Miiverse
and see games and entertainment content they have interacted with
recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their
friends are playing or discussing. They can also challenge their
friends to play together, ask for help from the Miiverse community
about a difficult level or discover elements of their favorite games
they never knew existed. Miiverse is integrated seamlessly into the Wii
Video on Demand: In the coming weeks, an array of favourite movies and TV shows will
become available to Wii U owners who are Netflix subscribers. These
services will also be accessible from Nintendo TVii. Wii U owners will
also be able to watch YouTube videos and channels through the YouTube
application, as well as sign in to their account and control the
application with the GamePad. Wii U owners who have connected their
systems to the Internet will receive a notification as each video
application becomes active.Nintendo TVii: In December, Nintendo will activate this unique application that will
transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and
sports. Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing
together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into
one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad. Nintendo TVii
comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional
equipment. It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers
can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on
moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via
Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what
they're watching, as information from a variety of sources is
automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports
data. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family.
Wii U Chat: Wii U owners can video chat with one another on a broadband Internet
connection using the built-in camera and microphone of the Wii U
GamePad. Friends and family members far away can see and talk with one
another in real time using this service at no additional charge.
Internet Browser: Wii U comes with a browser that lets users surf the Web from the
comfort of their couches. Users can browse purely on the GamePad while
watching a program on TV. Additionally, they can pause a game, launch
the browser and search for something, and then re-enter the game right
where they left off.
"The value of Wii U goes well beyond day one," Bertram said. "Nintendo
will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new
services for Wii U owners."
Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about the
many Wii U features and details about all the current and upcoming
games, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu. A network update is required for some features.
* 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Usable internal memory limited due to system
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Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware
and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo
Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 637
million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii
U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become
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Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western
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