If you like Nintendo as much as we do, you’re no doubt excited that they’re releasing the WiiU. I took the opportunity to watch the live WiiU conference today and I’m going to share some of my thoughts.
First of all, the pricing is great. The WiiU will cost $299.99 for a basic model and $50 more for an expanded model that includes NintendoLand (one of the launch titles) and a few extras like expanded memory. If you remember, the original Wii cost $249, less than the Xbox 360 ($299.99 at launch) and the Playstation 3 ($399 at launch). Having a similar starting price is a fantastic idea and it will enable most middle-income families to purchase it for Christmas (TIP: save about $40 each week and you can buy it on launch day).
The Basic WiiU model includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of storage, 1 gamepad, an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, and the Wii U sensor bar. The Deluxe WiiU model includes a black WiiU console with 32 GB of storage, 1 gamepad, an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, the Wii U sensor bar, a charging cradle for the gamepad, stands for gamepad and console, NintendLand, and enrollment in the Deluxe Digital program. The Deluxe Digital program gives you points for digital content that you purchase from Nintendo. These points will likely be used to give you free stuff similar to the Club Nintendo program or Xbox Live Rewards. Your existing Wii remotes, Nunchuks, Classic Controllers and Wii games will work with the WiiU so you do NOT have to go out and buy new controllers. This is a GREAT move on Nintendo’s part, in my opinion.
The WiiU will launch on November 18, just 5 days before Black Friday. I don’t believe there will be much of a discount on Black Friday and it will probably be utter chaos to find a WiiU console that week so I would suggest either pre-ordering or wait until sometime after Black Friday to buy. But keep in mind that the last time Nintendo released a console there was a huge problem with finding them and prices on eBay skyrocketed for months and months. I would stick with pre-ordering if your kids really want the WiiU for Christmas.
As far as games go, I am pretty excited about the WiiU release titles. I admit, I was secretly hoping that they would announce that the new Smash Bros game would be out by Christmas but I’m happy to wait as long as the game is as awesome as Brawl was, though. They only officially announced 3 launch titles – NintendoLand, Lego City Undercover and New Super Mario Bros U. They didn’t announce prices but if they stick with their current pricing, they would be $49.99. They also said that there are over 50 games that will be launched between November and March 2013. Some of those games include Bayonetta 2, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Scribblenauts Unlimited, 007 Legends, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3. That sounds like a great start and I believe there are more great games to follow. I do worry that there will be some delay and they will have the same problem they had with the 3DS launch – not enough titles. I’m just hoping and praying that they get their butts in gear at Nintendo and release a bunch of titles right away.
One of the coolest features of the WiiU that was announced today is Nintendo TVii. Essentially, Nintendo TVii is media center for your WiiU. It connects you to TV, movies and sports that YOU want to watch. You create media profiles as well as add the types of media you have such as cable, DVR, Netflix, and Hulu Plus and Nintendo TVii shows you what’s on that you would be interested in. I am very excited to see this in action and I can definitely see how it would be useful. They even showed how you can choose what to watch as a family using the Nintendo TVii.
So after reading about the WiiU, will you buy one for your family? I am definitely saving up money to buy one because I do think it’s a winner, especially with Nintendo TVii, the Wii backwards compatibility and a fair price.