Nintendo Wii U Conference Recap (North America)

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The day has finally arrived! And despite some information you may have heard in the Japanese Wii U Conference that took place at 3AM EST this morning while I was sound asleep, I’m here to recap the information specific to the United States, straight from the Regginator himself.

The questions on everyone’s minds before this conference even began have been answered!

The official launch date of the Wii-U in North America is November 18th, 2012.


Wii U will be available in two bundles/SKUs:


Price: $349.99 Color: BlackStorage: 32GB HDD/Supports external USB HDD & FlashMemoryIncludes: HDMI cable, Gamepad, AC adapter, vertical console stand, Gamepad Stand NINTENDO LAND AVAILABLE FOR DELUXE SET.


Price: $299.99 Color: WhiteStorage: 8GB HDD/Supports external USB HDD & Flash MemoryIncludes: HDMI cable, Gamepad, vertical console stand, AC adapter


Console Specifications and Hardware Information:
  • Wii U supports full HD 1080p
  • Total Memory: 2GB
  • Main memory: 1 GB (for Games)
  • System Memory: 1 GB (for OS)
  • Game discs: Proprietary disc format holds 25 GB and runs at 22.5 MB/s
  • Power usage: 45 watts (avg.)/75 watts (max.)
  • Low latency between Gamepad and console, no noticeable lag
  • Compatible with all Wii games and accesories
  • Ability to transfer WiiWare and Virtual Console games from your Wii console
  • Both bundles include one Game Pad, HDMI cable, AC adapter, and vertical stand
Miiverse, the Wii U social network, will be available at launch for free to all Wii U owners
Will the Wii-U be able to transfer Virtual Console and WiiWare games from the Wii console?
  • Yes, this has been confirmed for a while now. More info below!


Confirmed launch titles:

  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendo Land


“Launch window” titles:

  •  Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Game & Wario
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101 (formerly Project P-100)
  • Rayman Legends
  • Wii Fit U
  • Assasin’s Creed 3
  • Lego City Stories: Undercover
  • Batman Arkam City: Armored Edition
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Darksiders II
  • Family Party – 30 Great Games
  • FIFA 2013
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Mass Effect 3
  • NG 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Sing
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Transformers: Prime – The Game
  • Wii U Panorama View
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU


  • Nano Assault Neo
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut

Bayonetta 2 is announced as a Wii-U exclusive, published by Nintendo.

Nintendo TVii: “For our idea to fully come to life, we had to wait for the right technology to come along.” A quick preview shows a dashboard of sorts including just about any application you can think of from Hulu Plus to Amazon to individual cable channel apps.

Three parts to Nintendo TV:
1) Find something to watch via a personal programming guide including DVR.
2) Remote Control aspect.
3) Engage with friends and others.

The price point of most Wii-U games will be $59.99.

This last bit of new information comes from an interview with Bill Trenin courtesy of Wired.

– To purchase an additional Wii-U Gamepad in Japan, it would cost you about $150. Since no games announced today feature multi-Gamepad play, Trinen cannot confirm cost and availability of single Gamepads.
 Trinen could not announce any details regarding the enhancement of Wii Virtual Console titles, but “We are working on Virtual Console. More importantly, you will have the ability to transfer data from Wii to Wii U. This includes game save data, and the Virtual Console games you have purchased.” They’ll be talking more about Wii and Virtual Console before the Wii-U launches. 
 All first-party Wii-U titles that don’t require additional accessories will be available digitally.

I, for one, enjoyed Mr. Reggie’s Wild Ride. As usual, I’ve covered everything I felt was the most relevant to our readers in this recap, but additional information can always be found on Nintendo’s Facebook page. For information about ALL the games announced this morning (and for the future), this is your number one source.

  • I’ve said before that I refuse to buy a console over $300, but I must admit. That Nintendo Network Premium plan does seem kind of enticing…

    • Kai

      How long do you have to wait before you buy your consoles?

    • Until I feel like there are enough games that justify the purchase.

    • It’s only $50 more.

    • And if this is what the Wii U costs, I shudder to think of what the supposedly more powerful platforms Microsoft and Sony are going to cost when they launch.

    • I don’t necessarily find the price unreasonable. I guess that’s why I just went ahead and paid off the whole thing. $300 for a tablet + specs just above those of a 360 / PS3 = good enough for me, sir. 

    • Same here.  I preordered the deluxe bundle today.

      I was fortunate enough to be a day 1 adopter of the Wii (I was in fact an associate tester at Nintendo at the time, and thus could buy one straight from their company store in their Redmond office), and never once regretted it.  With the games that have already been announced for the Wii U, I have a feeling this console will be very much the same for me.

  • Bayonetta 2… I might as well just give Nintendo my bank account information.

  • Awesome, I am definitely getting the black uberdeluxe premium Wii U.

  • cowboyhugbees

    I honestly don’t see the price as being unreasonable, especially considering a lot of the controller compatibility and the ability to port over your virtual console games.  Plus, MiiVerse looks exciting.

  • RyanOPR

    Who would buy the basic? Seriously, for $50 more you are getting a game, a subscription, 4 X the memory, and more. Why even offer the Basic? I guess so they could say they have an option for under $300

    • Kai

      I can think of plenty of people who would buy the basic set. Those who use their console almost exclusively for fitness games will definitely consider it.

  •  Nintendo Network Premium in NA source? I never heard it mentioned.

    •  It was mentioned in the NYC Nintendo Direct announcement by the Reg-man today.  It just comes with the uberdeluxe Wii U for free.  Valid until 12/2014.

  • Interesting.

  • All this news…all this awesome news…

  • I would probably get the Wii U basic set, and purchase a separate SD card or just plug an external drive into the Wii U. Since they’re so cheap now a days. What I am wanting to know is if the basic set will have access to the Nintendo eShop to download content as well? To me personally Nintendoland,the stands,extra gamepad,extra storage and chargers are just not enough to justify the extra 50 bucks. Also at the moment it seems like Nintendoland is the only game that support two gamepads, although I could be wrong on that. I do know that Nintendo hasn’t planned on making the Gamepad a separate purchase, since none of the third-party games support the use of more than one Gamepad. So while I am really on the fence about getting one.. I do want to get one mainly to play the Wii games I have never played, and future Nintendo titles. It’s just something about the price that’s just hard to put down that much money for.. 
    Source for Gamepad :

  • Eugene Ng

    Now for the million dollar question: Is the console region free or region locked? We are tired of seeing Nintendo consoles region locked!