Wii U launch dated and debut line-up announced
September 14, 2012 // 9:44 a.m.
Nintendo's new console, the Wii U, will roll out worldwide before Christmas, hitting Europe and the US in November and Japan in December.
In a series of press conferences, Nintendo revealed it will release its new console in the US on November 18, across Europe on November 30 and in its home Japanese market on December 8.
Unlike the Japanese release, the European release will come bundled with mini-game compilation NintendoLand, which has been designed to teach players how to use the touchscreen game-pad in much the same way that Wii Play did for Nintendo's previous console.
Titles available on the Wii U at launch include Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, Fifa 13, ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros. U as well as the as yet unreleased Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Additionally, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Bayonetta 2 were announced as exclusives for the new console.
Nintendo has left pricing of the console up to the discretion of individual retailers, but it is expected to sell for approximately £210 for the basic version and £250 for the premium model.
The basic white Wii U features an 8GB hard drive whilst the black premium version comes with a 32GB hard drive and a year's subscription to the Nintendo Network.
A second Wii U controller is expected to retail for an eye-watering £105, with a more standard looking "pro" controller available for £40.