Nintendo’s Wii U Console Introduces How U Will Play Next

  Nintendo’s Wii U Console Introduces How U Will Play Next

  Wii U GamePad to Change the Way People Play, Browse, Share and Communicate

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- November 16, 2012

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 Wi ...

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(TM) cable. (Photo: Business Wire)

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

“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 Nintendo of America President and COO
Reggie Fils-Aime. “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 U experience.
  *Video on Demand: In the coming weeks, an array of favorite movies and TV
    shows will become available to Wii U owners on Amazon Instant Video and to
    Hulu Plus and 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,” Fils-Aime 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 A network update is required for some features.

* 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Usable internal memory limited due to system

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive
entertainment, 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 well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
Pokémon^™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the
Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the
company’s website at

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