Wii U to launch November 30 in NZ

MATT MAGUIRE
Last updated 10:04 14/09/2012
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BOXING MATCH: The Ninteno Wii U basic pack.

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The Wii U will launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 30, Nintendo has announced.

The console will have 2GB onboard memory - 1GB for games and 1GB for the system software - and Wii U discs will have a capacity of 25GB.

Wii owners will be able to transfer their WiiWare and Virtual Console games over to the Wii U, and all Wii controllers are compatible with the Wii U.

The console will launch in two packages: Basic and Premium.

The Wii U Basic Pack will feature a Wii U console with 8GB internal storage and a Wii U gamepad (tablet controller), both in white. Its suggested retail price will be AU$349.95, which equates to NZ$445. N ew Zealand prices for the Wii U are set to be announced soon.

The Wii U Premium Pack will contain a black Wii U console with 32GB of internal storage and a black gamepad.

It will also contain a stand for the gamepad and console, a charging cradle for the gamepad, a sensor bar, the Nintendo Land game, and will retail at around AU$429.95 (NZ$545).

The premium set will also contain membership to a reward programme called Nintendo Network Premium that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop.

Valued at around 10 per cent of an item's Nintendo eShop price, these points can be used as credit against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points.

Nintendo has also detailed the games that will be available come the console's release.

New Super Mario Bros U

New Super Mario Bros U may be played on the gamepad without a TV (tablet controller), and the gamepad and can be used to assist other players when the title is played cooperatively on a TV.

New Super Mario Bros U will feature a new Boost Rush mode, where auto-scrolling courses scroll faster the more coins a player acquires. In Challenge Mode, any course can offer completely different gameplay depending on the specific nature of the challenge at hand, according to Nintendo.

Nintendo Land

Each of the 12 attractions in this theme park populated by Nintendo franchises is a standalone game with multiple levels and gameplay modes. Metroid Blast features both co-operative and versus multiplayer shooting action, with different roles assigned to players using the gamepad or Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. In The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, players can unlock further levels by completing the campaign's nine quests, both in solo or co-op mode. Here, the gamepad controls a bow and arrows weapon set, while the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk control a sword and shield combo. The game also features a singleplayer time attack mode.

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FIFA 13

"The game delivers revolutionary new ways to play FIFA that bring players of all abilities together, making it the most accessible FIFA console game ever made," according to Nintendo.

ZombiU

New footage from this exclusive survival horror first-person shooter revealed the Tower of London location as well as a survival mode in which the player only has one life.

New featur4es seen include a weapon crafting feature that allowed players to customise their equipment using the gamepad, the use of a spray can to leave messages made up from symbols for other players, and online features in which online friends who are turned into zombies will then show up in another player's game.

Rayman Legends

In Rayman Legends, players will have a different role depending on the controller they are using. Use of the gamepad will allow for manipulation of the game world: pulling objects, turning parts of the level around, and so forth.

Two other launch titles were also announced: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Mass Effect 3 Special Edition.

All game prices are still to be confirmed.

-Gameplanet

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