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Nintendo Wii U release date and price unveiled next month?

News of the Wii U’s release date is supposedly just around the corner, with reports surfacing that further details about the console will be announced at a special Wii U preview event in New York on 13 September.

The gaming community is hoping that the event will confirm a final launch date and price point for the console, so the countdown can officially begin.

Nintendo Wii U: the latest

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has recently confirmed that Wii U will have online features similar to those seen in Xbox LIVE.

“If you look at gaming services, for example if you look at Xbox LIVE, one of the more traditionally or generally accepted features of the gaming service is the ability to play with folks at different locations at the same time,”

This is in addition to functionality that will enable players to share experiences and empathise with each other.

“What we really want to do is create a place where folks who are playing by themselves will not feel like they are playing by themselves. They’ll be able to share those experiences and have that empathy that we mentioned earlier,”

Speculation about titles that will feature on the console from launch have included games such as the new Super Mario Bros and Batman: Arkham City – Armoured Edition.

Games recently showcased by Nintendo, such as NintendoLand and ZombiU, are also set to make an appearance.

Nintendo Wii U specs

The Wii U is will come with a 6.2-inch controller, with a 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen alongside the traditional button controls and two analog sticks.

The GamePad controller is also set to offer motion control, a front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers and NFC capabilities.

With Nintendo’s promise that the Wii U “removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world” the console certainly has a lot to live up to.

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