Nintendo of America’s president Reggie “My Body is Ready” Fils-Aime just finished formally announcing the details regarding the Wii U launch in the US, and as predicted, Americans will get the system before their Japanese counterparts: the system launches on November 18th, just in time for Black Friday.
Just as in Japan, the Wii U will be sold in two different varieties: a “Basic” white Wii U equipped with an 8GB hard drive, and a “Deluxe” set that bundles a black Wii U with a 32GB hard drive and Nintendoland, Nintendo’s crossover minigame collection.
Nintendo also revealed a list of the games that are schedules to come out during the Wii U’s launch “window” (i.e. basically anytime between the game’s November launch and next March):
In addition to the games that we already knew about, Nintendo announced that the new Wii U version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 would have extra features exclusive to the Wii U. Capcom also announced Monster Hunter 3G HD, which takes all of the features of the PSP’s Monster Hunter 3G (which was previously unreleased in Western territories,) and adds in new upscaled graphics and fully featured online play. Hopefully we can take the release of MH3G HD as a sign that Capcom is finally acknowledging the existence of Monster Hunter’s dedicated fanbase in the West.
There are still things about the Wii U that make me worry: the bundled hard drives seem kind of small (though you can replace them with your own,) and I’m still not sold on that tablet controller. But the software line-up is pretty solid, and I can’t say no to Monster Hunter. In the span of one day, my opinion of the Wii has gone from “meh” to “maybe,” and if Nintendo keeps this up (say, by showing off the Wii U Zelda or Smash Bros,) then I’ll definitely be there day one.
Today Nintendo is set to finally give us all some concrete details regarding the Wii U's launch. Nintendo of America's...