For all you gamers out there that are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new the Wii U, the folk Nintendo are spending the next few months travelling the UK to show off their shiny new wares before it’s european launch on the 30th November 2012. Nintendo’s Wii U is their first HD console, and comes with the new Wii U GamePad controller, which offers an integrated second screen, and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software (making it the sort of love-child of a Wii Remote and a DS…) The new console will launch in 2 flavours:
The Wii U Basic Pack (retailing at around £250) features a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U GamePad, both in white.
The Wii U Premium Pack (retailing at around £300) contains a black Wii U console and Wii U GamePad, 32GB of internal storage, a stand for the GamePad and console, a charging cradle for the GamePad, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land software. The Wii U Premium Pack also features a reward programme called Nintendo Network Premium that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points.
Both packs also feature an HDMI cable and AC adapters for console and GamePad.
At launch Nintendo will have, what they are calling the ‘strongest line-up of launch software in Nintendo history’. These include third-party heavy hitters such as FIFA 13 from Electronic Arts and Activision’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, Ubisoft’s ZombiU, Mass Effect 3 – Special Edition, and RAYMAN LEGENDS as well as in-house titles like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Nintendo will be touring the country with its shiny new box of tricks ahead of the console’s official launch on the 30th November. Kicking off in London on the 27th September, the Wii U showcase tour will visit a range of shopping centres, gaming expos and events across the UK. This will give UK gamers the chance to get hands-on with some of the pre-release Wii U titles and experience the Wii U first-hand. Nintendo favourites Mario and Luigi will be on hand to welcome Nintendo fans on the day, plus there will be a whole host of Wii U challenges to complete and prizes to be won. There’ll also be a chance to sample upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL titles before they launch, including the latest Pokémon and Mario adventures. The new Nintendo 3DS XL features a 90% bigger screen.
The tour will visit the following events and venues:
- Eurogamer Expo, London: 27th – 30th September
- Braehead shopping centre, Glasgow: 11th – 14th October
- Play Expo, Manchester: 13th – 14th
- Westfield, Derby: 18th – 21st October
- MCM Expo, London: 26th – 28th October
- Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester: 1st – 4th November
- The Bullring, Birmingham: 8th – 11th November
- Westfield Stratford City, London: 15th – 18th November
- Metro Centre, Newcastle: 22nd – 25th November
- Gadget Show Christmas, London: 30th November – 2nd December
- Westfield, London: 6th – 9th December
- Centre: MK, Milton Keynes: 13th – 16th December
- Arndale centre, Manchester: 3rd – 6th January
For more information about the tour and for regular updates on the events and locations, visit www.nintendo.co.uk/events.