Wii U Announcement News Galore!

Well, today there was a press conference and news galore about the Wii U system.

It will cost you $299.99 for the basic version of the Wii U, which will feature only the console, controller and 8GB HDD. For $349.99, you get the black Wii U and controller, a HDMI cable, power cradles for the Wii U pad, a subscription to Nintendo Network Premium, which will give the owner 10 percent discounts on downloadable software and 24 extra GBs of HDD than the basic version.

I must say, this may wind up being the most affordable console to come  out in the “new gen” of game consoles. Plus, to add discounts, HDMI cables and other goodies to that good package will make this a good purchase through their hardware.

However, we have hardware…what’s next? SOFTWARE! What will be available for purchase WITH the hardware? Nintendo has heard your plea and, also, released FIFTY games that will be released during Wii U’s launch. Here’s the list of the 50 nifty games ready for release.

  • Funky Barn
  • NBA 2k13
  • 007 Legends
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Wipeout 3
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Course
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Madden 13
  • FIFA 13
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (*Side note* SWEET NAME!)
  • Zumba Fitness Core
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • SiNG Party
  • LEGO City: Undercover (I’m sorry, I’m excited for LEGO Sim City)
  • Wii Fit U
  • Game and Wario
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Anything would be better than Sonic Racers)
  • Shin’en Nano Assault Neo
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Darksiders II
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Jeopardy (THIS may be the best game nobody will play)
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Just Dance 4
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Rabbids Land
  • Sports Collection
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Which features the DLC with Harley Quinn)

You know what else you get? Your WiiU will have the ability to combine Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, live programs AND TiVoed shows through the WiiU. Each profile will have its own playlists for viewing and the remote will be able to go through game scores and others. This will be called TVii (Get it? It’s like TV but with the Wii…which still sounds like “TV” only adding the “-ii” to the end of it).

The beginning of the new gen/age of gaming will be released November 18th.

What are you excited about? What do you feel is left out of the release date’s video games?  Leave it in the comments down below.

Why wasn’t this mentioned at the Sony Press Conference?!?!?! and a Nintendo note.

If you watched Let’s Play! this week you may have noticed I didn’t really care for the Sony Press Conference other than The Last of Us. I’m really not impressed with Sony’s move controler, as I feel it looks like a giant ice cream cone. But Sony really missed the boat on this announcement, Why wasn’t this video shown at the Presser!?!?!? IT’S PORTAL 2! One of the best games of the last few years, and you just casually release that you have exclusive DLC that uses your motion controller? New Levels and everything. Check it out, Still won’t make me buy the move though, then again, I don’t have a Kinect either. You win this time laziness.

also this is fake, but this is what I wanted to see from Nintendo. You make me sad.

Sign the person who made this video to make games…or at least cut scenes.

Nintendo’s Pre E3 wrap up!

Nintendo kicks off E3 week with a “Pre E3” video.

It starts off with Iwata talking about Nintendo’s motto “Doku So” Creating something Unique.

Then goes on to state that the original concept behind the Wii was to help bring people together in gaming instead of the “Alone Together” feeling that technology today seems to create.  The entire basis of the Wii U is to improve on what they started with the Wii.

The official name of the new controller is the Wii U Gamepad. Overall the changes made between the gamepad and the prototype shown at last years E3 are making the gamepad more comfortable to use for extended periods. Changing the joysticks into pressable Analog Sticks and making the gamepad capable of being a fully functional remote control for the tv.

The screen also obviously will interact with the Wii U for a more dynamic game play adding new levels of interactivity. As well as allowing the player to play from anywhere in the room with or without the tv just as long as they are in the same room as the Wii U.  Iwata also touched on the fact that all former wii controllers will work with the Wii U and that they are releasing what looks like now a 360 controller as well for better extended game play.

He then got into the player to player interaction, showing a video that shows a social network of sorts sharing hints and tips between players and also video conferencing.  Introducing the Mii Wara Wara which he said roughly translated is the noise a large crowd makes together. This is the new tv menu for the wii u. Showing what people in your country are playing. Showing your Mii, friends Mii’s, Mii’s on the console and Country wide on your console. The gamepad will show an updated version of the Will menu.  All the Wii u games will interact with the Mii verse allowing anytime competitiveness via the comments and connection the verse makes.  A mobile interaction app is in the works for pc, 3ds and mobile devices.

Overall, the Wii U is advancement in what they wanted the wii to do. Solving the problem of alone together or as they call it “Together Better”.

Now that that’s said, Nintendo and i have had a 23 year history. My dad introduced me to them at a young age and we played many a game. It wasn’t until the Wii had been out for a while that i began to lose faith in them. This is sucking me back in. I am excited to see what further interaction Nintendo will show us in their presentation on the main stage at E3.

What are your thoughts on this? Excited? Confused? Let us know in the comments below!