The Nintendo Press Event Wrapped up in New York this morning, and some surprises popped up. We now know thew Wii U’s Price… or rather, prices, and its launch date. A New service was revealed for the Wii U. Another attraction was shown for NintendoLand. New modes were introduced for New Super Mario Bros. U. A once SEGA property is now in Nintendo’s hands. Project P-100 gets its final name. Monster Hunter was shown. And Finally Activision showed off what they’re bringing, including its multiplayer powerhouse. Hit the jump for the full breakdown of what was shown at this Press Event.
Wii U to come in two sets, The Basic Set and the Deluxe Set. The Basic set will come with what you’d expect for a system packaging (controller, plugs, etc), an HDMI cable, and Wii U Sensor Bar. The Deluxe set will come with the previously mentioned plus more memory, GamePad Charging Cradle, and a stand for the Wii U and the GamePad, and a copy of NintendoLand. The Basic Set will be $299.99, and the Deluxe Set will be 349.99 ($50 more from the Basic). The system is set to launch on Sunday, November 18th.
Next They showed off NintendoLand and its newest attraction Metroid Blast. The attraction is a co-op game where you fight off waves of enemies for points. One player controls “Samus” while the other controls the gunship. The music here sounds like a variation of the Lower Norfair/Magmoor Caverns theme.
Next they showed New Super Mario Bros U. The world map is fully interconnected a la SMW. Along with features mentioned in previous conferences, they will introduce Challenge stages. The stages will have goals like beat stage in certain time, don’t get hit by an enemy, don’t touch floor, etc. I’m kind of a sucker for stuff like this.
Nintendo TVii was shown. The service is pretty similar to the services provided by Sony and Microsoft. It’s also similar to the TV service Nintendo offered in Japan (which they pulled the plug on not too long ago). One can watch tv episode, movie, or sports game and have info streamed to the Gamepad. Will also have integrated community features. Nintendo TVii will come with all Wii U Hardware, regardless of set, at no additional cost or subscription service.
Reggie then took the stage to show off a game from Platinum Games. I assumed it going to be more Project P-100. But then the trailer started with bullets coming out very familiar magenta pentagrams. With a foot on the ground, with gun attached to it, and a character appearing in the background, we knew exactly what they was. Bayonetta 2 was revealed. This effectively quashes all those rumors of the game being cancelled. Platinum Games will be developing the game, and Nintendo will publish it! This makes Bayonetta 2 a Wii U exclusive, and the first time in a long time (I think since Eternal Darkness) Nintendo will publish an M-rated title (if it is M-rated).
THEN we were shown Project P-100 with its final name, The Wonderful 101. More awesomeness as ever. With Platinum Games making some really good face with the Wii U maybe this might be the start of a new… partnership.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was revealed to be in development for the Wii U. Not much else is known beyond potential Wii U integration and the logo.
Finally, Activision took the stage to show off what they had planned. Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime (among others) were shown. But then came the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops II coming to Wii U. It will be the full experience and will have both online and local Co-Op. For local Co-Op, one person will be on the TV (with either the Pro-Controller, Wii Remote+Nunchuck, etc.) while the other guy will be on the Game Pad. So it’s splitscreen multiplayer without the splitcreen. This should alleviate any screen peeking that tends to happen in the competitive multiplayer games games.
And that was the end. Once again, the Wii U will be launched on November 18th. A Sunday. And now here’s a gallery of the other images that I couldn’t figure out how to fit into each of the paragraphs. Enjoy.
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