Wii U European Release Date, Price and Games

At Nintendo’s Direct conference in New York, the Wii U was finally given a price and a launch date, along with a ton of new game information.

Nintendo’s Wii U’s will be released in Europe on November 30th this year and there are three bundles to choose from. The Basic Edition will come with just the console and GamePad (£250); the Deluxe Edition will come with an extra 32GB of memory and a copy of Nintendo Land (£300); and there will be a ZombiU Premium Pack with a black Wii U Pro Controller and a copy of ZombiU, but not Nintendo Land (£350). So now, all we need to do is wait for November to roll around to get our hands on that sweet Nintendo goodness. Do note that there are other additional features in each bundle not mentioned here and the prices have not been entirely confirmed.

Nintendo have always produced a diverse range of quality games catering to all tastes. This tradition becomes even clearer when we look at the new trailers for the first-party titles they announced at E3. New Super Mario Bros. U looks to be much the same as the previous NSMB games, but it can be relied upon to deliver classic Mario fun. Pikmin 3 looks absolutely beautiful, with new enemies and environments looking amazing in HD. And while Nintendo Land was not the big E3 surprise fans were hoping for, new footage reveals that it is more than just a cheap mini-game compilation to be played for five minutes. It includes Mario and Animal Crossing maze games, a Zelda co-op battle quest and an awesome-looking Metroid game wherein you can take an adventure through a theme park-style Norfair and fight an animatronic Ridley. Third-party games with new trailers and footage include Rayman Legends, sequel to the critically-acclaimed platformer Rayman Origins, the Grand Theft Auto-inspired LEGO City: Undercover, Scribblenauts Unlimited from 5th Cell, kart racer Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed and superhero beat-‘em-up The Avengers: Battle For Earth.

The biggest surprise by far was the announcement that Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Bayonetta for PS3 and Xbox 360, will be a Wii U exclusive. Considering the original was never released on the Wii, this is massively unexpected. This is the second game that Platinum Games have announced for Nintendo’s new console, the first being the delightful and quirky Wonderful 101, in which you have a group of superheroes that can stick together to make giant swords to fight alien robots. Nintendo has not failed on its promise to make the Wii U console appealing to more hardcore gamers. Bayonetta is truly an adult title, if filled with Japanese-style charm. It stands alongside Vigil Games’ Darksiders 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 and ZombiU to show that Nintendo is not just for kids.

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