Polynauts Central (14/9 Archived)
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It's Friday September 14th and this is Polynauts Central, at Polygon on The Verge.
We now know the story concerning WiiU including price, date and launch games. Some folks are overjoyed that Bayonetta is returning as a platform exclusive, others not so much - my take is let's just be glad it's coming at all. There's more news below
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1: Nintendo Wii U release date is November 18th in US starting at $299.99, November 30th in Europe by Christopher Grant
The console will launch in two varieties: The $299.99 "Basic" version, which includes a white, 8GB Wii U console, a gamepad, AC adapters, a sensor bar, and an HDMI Cable. The $349.99 Deluxe edition includes all of that in a black, 32GB console, with charging cradles and a free copy of Nintendoland. The Deluxe Edition also includes access to the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which earns online shoppers rebates for downloadable Wii U titles.
The console will launch in Europe on November 30th. The price will vary from region to region, though retailers have been slow to announce how much they're selling the two bundles for. Micromania France is the only major retailer to speak up so far, announcing that its selling the Basic console for €299.99 and the Deluxe for €349.99.
2: Wii U Pro Controller priced at $49.99, coming November 18th by Samit Sarkar
A Wii U Pro Controller will cost $49.99 and will be available on the console's launch date, November 18th, Nintendo confirmed to Polygon.
The Pro Controller resembles an Xbox 360 controller and a Wii Classic Controller Pro. It's perhaps better suited for traditional "core" games than the bulky GamePad. The Wii U will support up to four simultaneous Wii Remotes or Pro Controllers.
3: Wii U games will cost $59.99 by Griffin McElroy
Wii U titles will most commonly have a suggested retail value of $59.99, Nintendo has confirmed to Polygon.
Both Amazon and Gamestop have begun taking pre-orders for titles like New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU for the price of $59.99. A Nintendo representative confirmed to Polygon that $59.99 will be the most common MSRP for Wii U titles, but that's a "baseline price," adding that, "specific games could be more or less."
For 15 minutes today, Nintendo was almost a tech company.
The company devoted a surprisingly low-key, show-and-tell portion of its Wii U launch event to demonstrate Nintendo TVii (pronounced as it were without the "ii"). It's arguably the company's non-gaming gambit, a chance to demonstrate the company is taking the "second screen" argument seriously — one that many companies are attempting these days, with the most direct comparison maybe being Microsoft's upcoming Smart Glass.
5: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' on Wii U: The goods and the 'no comments' by Chris Plante
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the "one more thing" announcement at today's Nintendo press event in New York City. The latest iteration of the most popular series on the planet will include a few features exclusive to the Wii U, most notably a two-player mode that allows one player to play off a television screen while the other player uses the Wii U's second screen control pad.
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1: What i want in ALL rpg games (probably) by TheRealDoshu
As i may have mentioned in a previous post (or comment), right now i'm going through ALL OF THE RPGs. It's an unstoppable hunger that cannot be satiated so i keep on keepin' on. What this bit of hedonistic overconsumption has given me (among other things) is an ever firmer grip on what i want from RPGs.
Nothing special, but here's a short list of the staples (i'll add to it as i go along and as time permits -- also if i don't forget).
2: I'm actually excited for the Wii U by Gudgel
If I am being completely honest, I have to admit that I have been highly skeptical of the Wii U. From the first announcement until this morning, I thought it would be too expensive, have no compelling games, and offer nothing of value over an Xbox or PS3. But no more! I am officially excited.
That being said, I can still see why a lot of gamers won't jump in and buy one this holiday season. For me, I have a four year old and a three year old. I can't wait to bust out a Wii U for Christmas like my parents bought my brother and me and Nintendo oh so long ago. $299 or $350 is easily justifiable as the big, joint present for the kids this year. Throw in a launch game (which one is TBD) and mom and dad are heroes for about $200 per kid. Stuff the stockings, honey. We're good.
3: Why the Wii U is Going to Be Great: The Opinion of One Man by GiantBoyDetective
Hello folks. If you didn't notice there has been a gratuitous amount of Wii U news released today via Nintendo for all regions across the globe. Release dates, prices, launch titles - just about everything has been covered. Like most new Nintendo products the Wii U is already being ridiculed as a "gimmick" and labeled as "stupidly overpriced". This always happens. It happened with the Wii and it happened with the 3DS. I'm personally really happy with everything that has been announced about the Wii U so far. Here's why I think the Wii U is going to be a great system.
4: Wii U's launch titles, as ranked by Scrabble scores by Ross Miller
For today's 90 Seconds on The Verge, I decided to rank the Wii U North American launch windows titles by hypothetical Scrabble Scores with no special tiles and numbers / punctuation valued at zero. I only put the top / bottom five in that post, so uh... here's the full list. Don't feel like formatting so... number at the end is a score. I think that makes sense. You're welcome.
5: My Fear For WiiU by movieman52
The multiple versions at launch.
I think the Wii took off because of how amazing Wii Sports was in the living room. Wii Sports sold with every console - even when people were buying and reselling the console for a profit during the first holiday season.
WiiU will come with Nintendo Land, but only to the higher priced consoles. This will alienate the users who buy the normal WiiU. The water cooler discussions and the Friday night game parties hosted by more casual gamers will lose their luster when there isn't ONE game that every one has experience with; like WiiSports at every Wii party.
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- Nintendo Wii U release date is November 18th in US starting at $299.99, November 30th in Europe
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