Wii U pricing, launch titles announced

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Nintendo has announced a launch date for the Wii U, as well as a line-up of games, including New Super Mario Bros U.

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Arriving in Australia on 30 November, Nintendo's first HD console will come at two price points: AU$349.95 for the basic pack, which contains a white 8GB Wii U console with a white GamePad controller; and AU$429.95 for a black 32GB Wii U console and black GamePad controller, as well as a charging cradle for the controller, a sensor bar and the Nintendo Land game.

Nintendo also announced the line-up of games that will be available at launch:

  • New Super Mario Bros U: a side-scrolling platformer in the style of classic Mario that looks amazing

  • Nintendo Land: a theme park-style game, featuring mini-games from Nintendo's favourite franchises, including Metroid and Zelda

  • FIFA 13 the next title in the world's most popular soccer game franchise

  • ZombiU: first-person zombie-based horror shooter

  • Rayman Legends: the fifth game in Ubisoft's side-scrolling Rayman series and the sequel to Rayman Origins

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • Mass Effect 3: Special Edition: according to Nintendo, this title, exclusive to Wii U, will use the GamePad to give you a unique control of the battlefield.

Also coming to the console, within the launch window, will be Skylanders Giants, Ninja Gaiden 3, Darksiders II, Assassin's Creed III and Batman: Arkham City.

You can read more about the Wii U's specs and get the full list of titles here, and watch Nintendo Europe's Satoru Iwata give a run-down of the console in the video below.

We're quite impressed by both the lineup and the pricing — it's head and shoulders above what was available for the 3DS. What do you think?



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