Nintendo has shown its full hand regarding the Wii-U with the announcement that it will go on sale in North America on November 18th and in Europe on November 30th. The two models previously announced
for Japan will be on sale with the basic version retailing at $299.99 and the deluxe version costing $349.99. The premium bundle will be black rather than white and will include the Nintendo Land game along with a charging stand and increased internal storage.
The full launch day lineup includes New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, ZombiU, FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3. Downloadable games such as Trine 2, Toki Tori 2 and Nano Assault Neo will also be available from day one. However, the big announcement that Nintendo held up its sleeve is that Bayonetta II will be a Wii-U exclusive title. The short, but sweet trailer doesn’t give much away but indicates that Bayonetta may be facing a worthy adversary. Then again, the regular enemies in the original were tough enough! No release date has been set yet.
THQ’s Darksiders II will also hit the console at launch. The Wii-U edition will feature additional bonus-content not included with other formats. Included on the disc will be the first DLC expansion, Argul’s Tomb, as well as all pre-order bonuses from other editions. It is set to utilise the touch screen to display map and objectives, and will give players quick access to inventory items and abilities.
Other titles to be released within a few months of the console’s launch include Assassin's Creed 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, the Armoured Edition of Batman: Arkham City, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed, NBA 2K13 and Lego City Undercover. Could the Wii-U be ready to take the gaming world by storm after all?