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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:41 
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Cant see a thread for the Wii-U but release date and price for Japan announced today and an announcement this afternoon for the rest of the world

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19583826

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Nintendo has revealed it will launch two versions of its Wii U console in Japan on 8 December.

The basic edition will cost 26,250 yen ($337; £210) and a premium version 31,500 yen ($405; £251).

Details of the international release will be discussed in New York later.

Nintendo's stock has fallen 29% since March on fears casual gamers will instead opt for tablet computers while hardcore players will wait for a new PlayStation or Xbox .

The difference between the two versions of the Wii U is that the basic model features 8GB of storage, while the premium version has 32GB and additional stands for the games machine and its touchscreen controller.
Touchscreen technology

Consumers wishing to buy an additional GamePad controller will have to pay 13,000 yen ($167; £104).

The device features a touchscreen offering players to ability to carry out in-game tasks, such as checking their inventory or setting an explosive, while the main action continues on their television. Gamers can also continue to play a title using the device when they do not have access to their main screen.

Nintendo has claimed it would help "revolutionise" gaming.

However, the gadget has been criticised for lacking multitouch - the ability to recognise different fingers on a hand.
Wii U game pad The Wii U can be controlled by a new touchscreen game pad that can also run games on its own

It also faces a challenge from both Sony and Microsoft who have introduced similar facilities for their existing consoles: the PlayStation 3 can be controlled by the firm's Vita handheld, while the Xbox 360 can be connected to existing tablet computers via software called SmartGlass.

Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, highlighted the fact that the Wii U would launch alongside New Super Mario Bros U - the first time a title in the series's release date had coincided with a new console in 16 years.

One games journalist said the relatively low price of the equipment could help its chances.

"We were all expecting a price point around the £250 mark so it's good that they've gone for this - it will help," Keza MacDonald, UK games editor at IGN, told the BBC.

"Most people expect that the new Xbox and PlayStation will be released at the end of next year and will cost more - so some people may prefer to save up.

"But many of the consumers that Nintendo is targeting may not be actually be the same audience as for those Microsoft and Sony's machines - so the issue is whether it can convince the casual, family gamers who bought the original Wii, to upgrade."

Nintendo will host a press event with more details in New York at 10:00 local time (15:00 BST).


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:46 
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Even though I haven't played my Wii in ages, and I don't have much time to play games these days.. I'm STILL tempted to get a WiiU on the release day.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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There must be a thread about it as Djhonny was frothing at the gash about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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I think that was the "next generation speculation" thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:55 
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The Last Salmon Man wrote:
There must be a thread about it as Djhonny was frothing at the gash about it.


I don't think there's been a dedicated thread, just lots of chat about it in Next Generation (TM) - speculation, hype and whinging thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:11 
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Over a hundred quid for a second controller?

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Over a hundred quid for a second controller?


I won't pay £100 for a friend

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Curiosity wrote:
Over a hundred quid for a second controller?


Well, not really. As far as I understand it you can only have one touch-screen controller connected to the Wii-U at a time because that's how it's designed and the supplementary controllers are all just Wiimotes. So it's £100 for a replacement primary controller if you broke the original, but it's not like you'd need to shell out £100 just so you can play local multiplayer games or whatever. It's still a wedge of cash obviously, and if I was a parent of younger kids I'd probably think twice about getting a Wii-U because of the risk, but it's much more complex and fully featured device than a Dualshock pad or whatever so it's fair enough that it costs more.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Hmm, actually it seems I'm wrong there because, according to Wikipedia, "During Nintendo's E3 2012 presentation, it was confirmed that the console will support up to two Wii U GamePads simultaneously." but I suspect that the number of games which require/support this will be very small because people are unlikely to shell out for a second GamePad.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Relatedly, it's just as well for Nintendo that Microsoft's vagina isn't as sandy as Apple's because seriously:

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:26 
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It does look fairly similar to the 360 pad, but where do you think Microsoft got all their ideas for controller design from in the first place?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Bamba wrote:
Relatedly, it's just as well for Nintendo that Microsoft's vagina isn't as sandy as Samsung's because seriously:

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Sony?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:29 
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The Last Salmon Man wrote:
Fix.


Heh, I totally predicted before I opened the thread that you'd be the one to rise to that.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Re: Pads. Sega surely? The first Xbox pad was pretty close to the Dreamcast pad wasn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:31 
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Bamba wrote:
The Last Salmon Man wrote:
Fix.


Heh, I totally predicted before I opened the thread that you'd be the one to rise to that.

I would hate to disappoint you. I've put a nice link in for you now, though. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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LewieP wrote:
It does look fairly similar to the 360 pad, but where do you think Microsoft got all their ideas for controller design from in the first place?


You think the Xbox pad looks like something Nintendo did previously? Which controller are you thinking of?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:32 
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Ahem...

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Re: Pads. Sega surely? The first Xbox pad was pretty close to the Dreamcast pad wasn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:33 
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Ian Fairies wrote:
Sony?

Well off the top of my head, Nintendo were the first to do:
Shoulder Buttons,
A cross of four lettered face buttons,
Analogue sticks,
Rumble,
Wireless controllers that weren't shit.

And probably quite a lot more.

Edit: Although obviously the original Xbox pad had a bit more in common with the DC controller and the old sidewinders than any Nintendo ones, at least aesthetically.

Edit2: And I bet the WiiU pro controller's dpad shits all over the Xbox ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:11 
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Day one for me!


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Did we mention that white is the normal one and black is the premium? So if you're bothered about colour, your hand is forced.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Did we mention that white is the normal one and black is the premium? So if you're bothered about colour, your hand is forced.

Another trick stolen from Microsoft! The innovators become the imitators!

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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:34 
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Well they did that for the Wii too, but not at release.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:56 
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That makes sense that does. At least you'll be able to tell the difference at a glance unlike the iPhone for instance.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:59 
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Perfect for schoolyard "Timmy only has the white one!" japes. And BEEX japes.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:06 
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Day one for me!


And me. If that zombie game is any good, that is.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:39 
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Standard comes with 8Gb? Really? I know Nintendo tend to be a bit lighter on space requirements than other people, but this just seems a stupidly small amount. I assume it allows USB external HDD and SD cards, etc?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
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Yeah it allows all of those things.

It sort of makes sense really. Either put a HDD in or offer as much solid state storage as they can without breaking the bank. Proper HDDs aren't really future proof anymore. I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:46 
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So installation of discs to external storage will be allowed?


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 Post subject: Re: Wii-U
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:48 
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So installation of discs to external storage will be allowed?

They've announced nothing on this, but is seems kind of un-Nintendo.


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