Nintendo and Apple had quite a lot of mind share this week with their respective conferences. Technophiles rejoice!
Wii U Releases on November 18th in North America
As the headline states, the North American audience will be able to purchase the Wii U on November 18, 2012. How much will it cost? Well, that depends on the SKU you want to get.
The advanced version costs $350 comes with 32 gigabytes of memory, the Wii U, the Wii U gamepad, AC adaptor for each, an HDMI cord, Wii U sensor bar, “more memory,” gamepad charging cradle, a copy of Nintendo Land, and a stand for both the gamepad and console.
If you only want to skinny version, it costs $300 and comes with the Wii U, the gamepad, AC adaptor for each, an HDMI cord, and a sensor bar.
The system seems reasonably priced with the right gear, but, to be honest, I don’t think a console like this this late in the cycle will move the meter much. Let’s take a look at some of the games coming for it and we’ll see why.
Wii U Launch Window Games Listed
This is a list of titles slated to hit the Wii U from November 2012 to March 2013.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Lego City: Undercover
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Game & Wario
Wii Fit U
The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Warriors Orochi 3: Hyper
Tank! Tank! Tank!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Just Dance 4
Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth
You Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Assassin’s Creed III
Wheel of Fortune
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Nano Assault Neo
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
Zumba Fitness Core
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Toki Tori 2
Ben 10: Omniverse
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mass Effect 3
FIFA Soccer 13
Madden NFL 13
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
That’s quite a list… of old and odd games. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to have some old games, but I fear not many will care. Who is actually, between the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, going to play (to name a couple) Black Ops 2 or Assassin’s Creed 3 on the Wii U, especially since they’ll be released after the other versions? Mass Effect 3? Why even bother? Nintendo has a few Nintendo games on there and that’s what they are mostly banking on. I have a feeling that will be the only thing keeping this console afloat because the next generation is creeping closer and Nintendo might be caught with their pants down.
A Few Random Wii U Bits of News
While each isn’t interesting for their own segment, all of these fuse together and will make you a better person. Well, probably not, but they are mildly amusing.
– Full 1080p support
– “GPGPU” used
– Main memory: 1GB
– System memory: 1GB
– Total memory is 2GB
– Games use 1GB of main memory
– System memory is used for the OS
– Game discs are 25GB
– Discs run at 22.5 MB/s
– Wii VC and WiiWare games can be imported
– Games will be $60
Bayonetta 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Teased Exclusively for Wii U
To everyone’s complete surprise, Nintendo notified us that they are publishing Bayonetta 2, making it exclusively for the Wii U. Platinum is still making it and that’s about all we know, save for the short teaser trailer listed above. I have strong feelings on this subject but will save it for another article.
To drive Japan nuts, they also revealed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate which is coming to the Wii U and 3DS. Save files will be transferable and Street Pass will also be prominent in the 3DS version. It will arrive in March 2013. Hurray for unique games?
Ninjas, Robots, and Zombies Come Together in Keiji Inafune’s New Game Yaiba
For as numerous tropes and cliches in just the concept, you’d think it would be a bit bland. While just a mere teaser, Keiji Infaune, the mind behind Mega Man, Dead Rising, and Onimusha, debuted a glance at what his next game will finally be. Named Yaiba (which I think means Horse Boots in Japanese), it will cram in ninjas, mechs, and the undead in one beautiful looking game. That’s all we know but that is one hell of a selling point.
Bethesda Phones Sony for Skyrim DLC Help
Bethesda has turned in their assignment for a few platforms, but for the last, it has gone up to the teacher and asked for extra assistance. The last console is the PS3, the only Skyrim-compatible (barely) system without the ability to play Dawnguard, the first DLC pack. Sony and Bethesda are now collaborating to make the DLC come out… hopefully.
Sony’s Adam Boyes said, “We work with all of our partners to try and solve their problems. We have a big, broad dev support team that works closely with Bethesda—and with all of our partners—to work with them to solve that any sort of issues they have along the way. Of course, I always want everything to work always for everyone. I can’t promise any kind of resolution or timeline but can say that everyone involved is trying their best to get this stuff working.”
So… maybe soon? Whatever it is, I think it is unacceptable that the core game runs the way it does, let alone the DLC not even working. It may be a great game, but make sure it runs first.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has Wii U Exclusive Options
I’m currently playing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 right now and, despite its high quality, it is missing something: ridiculous Nintendo costumes I can throw on my fighters. Although it is coming out later than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, it will make up for that with more Nintendo-specific modes and costumes. Threads from Samus, Ganondorf, Mario, Link, Zelda, Luigi, Star Fox, and Bowser were all seen in the trailer and were all completely hilarious. A brilliant move that matches Tekken‘s insanity. Heihachi just doesn’t look right without Mario’s overalls and big nose.