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Nintendo Wii U: UK release date, price and launch titles announced

Nintendo has announced that the Wii U will be on UK shelves before Christmas, with a launch date set for November 30.

The first new console to be released in what feels like an eternity, the Wii U comes packed with innovative new features and a bunch of launch titles.

Nintendo Wii U: What can we expect to pay?

The console will come in Basic and Premium packages, as well as a ZombiU Pack – adding a Pro Controller and more.

Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed, but is hovering between £250 for the Basic and £300 for the Premium.

These UK prices seem to have been hiked compared to expected retail prices in the US, where the Basic is expected to cost $299 (£185) and the Premium to come in at $349 (£216), so gamers will certainly want to see that they are getting the most from their money.

Billy Pidgeon, an analyst at M2 Research, argues that Nintendo’s addition of an entertainment component for the Wii U could help it stand out from the crowd.

“It’s a must-have right now and with this, they can catch up somewhat to Microsoft’s Xbox offerings,”

Nintendo Wii U: Full game line-up

NintendoLand and New Super Marios Bros U were confirmed as the two games available on launch and now Nintendo has revealed that it will offer 23 original Wii U games. This includes titles such as Mass Effect, Darksiders II, Zombie U and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Here’s a full list of titles we can expect within the first 5 months of release:

  • Funky Barn – 505 Games
  • NBA 2K13 – 2K Sports
  • 007 Legends – Activision
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Activision
  • TRANSFORMERS PRIME – Activision
  • Wipeout 3 – Activision
  • Skylanders Giants – Activision
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 – Activision
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing – Activision
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – Capcom
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game – D3 Publisher
  • Ben 10: Omniverse – D3 Publisher
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade – D3 Publisher
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Disney Interactive
  • Mass Effect 3 – Electronic Arts
  • Madden NFL 13 – Electronic Arts
  • FIFA Soccer 13 – Electronic Arts
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Frozenbyte
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Gaijin Games
  • Zumba Fitness Core – Majesco Entertainment
  • Jett Tailfin – Maximum Games
  • TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition – Namco Bandai
  • TANK! TANK! TANK! – Namco Bandai
  • Nintendo Land – Nintendo
  • New Super Mario Bros. U – Nintendo
  • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge – Nintendo
  • SiNG PARTY – Nintendo
  • LEGO City: Undercover – Nintendo
  • Wii Fit U – Nintendo
  • Game & Wario – Nintendo
  • Pikmin 3 – Nintendo
  • The Wonderful 101 – Nintendo
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines – Sega
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – Sega
  • Nano Assault Neo – Shin’en
  • WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper – Tecmo Koei
  • Darksiders II – THQ
  • Wheel of Fortune – THQ
  • JEOPARDY! – THQ
  • Toki Tori 2 – Two Tribes
  • Assassin’s Creed III – Ubisoft
  • Just Dance 4 – Ubisoft
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth – Ubisoft
  • Rabbids Land – Ubisoft
  • Sports Connection – Ubisoft
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 – Ubisoft
  • ZombiU – Ubisoft
  • Rayman Legends – Ubisoft
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited – Warner Bros Interactive
  • Game Party Champions – Warner Bros Interactive
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition – Warner Bros Interactive

The true next generation of consoles is still quite far away, with the likes of the Xbox 720 and PS4 not due until at least mid-2013.

But with some great launch titles, innovative gaming and a decent price, the Nintendo Wii U will certainly keep us satisfied for the time being.

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