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


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

VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - 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 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 http://ddp.nintendo.com.

"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 Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada's vice-president and general manager. "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 favourite
        movies and TV shows will become available to Wii U owners who
        are 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," Bertram 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 
http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu. A network update is required for some features.

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

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 http://www.nintendo.ca. 'Like' 
Nintendo of Canada on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nintendoofcanada.

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Image with caption: "Wii U Basic Set features a white GamePad and a white 
console with 8 GB of internal storage. MSRP: $299.99 (CNW Group/Nintendo of 
Canada Ltd.)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C9002_PHOTO_EN_20850.jpg

Image with caption: "Wii U Deluxe Set features a black GamePad and a black 
console with 32 GB of internal storage. The Deluxe Set comes with a copy of 
the Nintendo Land game. MSRP: $349.99 (CNW Group/Nintendo of Canada Ltd.)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C9002_PHOTO_EN_20848.jpg

Image with caption: "New Super Mario Bros. U is the latest game in the 
legendary Nintendo franchise. Experience Mario like never before in HD. (CNW 
Group/Nintendo of Canada Ltd.)". Image available at:  
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SOURCE: Nintendo of Canada Ltd.

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