Nintendo’s Wii U Coming in November!

The Wii U will be available on November 30th in Europe, a week before the launch of the console in Japan, but two weeks after the US release.

There will be two bundles; the Basic Pack, a white console with 8GB of memory and the Premium Pack, a black console with 32GB of memory.  The Wii U Premium Pack will come with access to the Nintendo Network Premium scheme, and it will also be bundled with Nintendo Land, a collection of 12 mini-games.

The price for the packs is to be set by individual retailers in the UK, but prices for the bundles in the US have been listed as $299.99 for the Basic Pack and $349.99 for the Premium Pack.

 

E3 2012: Second Day’s Offerings

Picking through the news for what’s happened overnight at E3.. there’s been a lot more love for the Wii U, with plenty more games announced for the system.. more mention of the PS Vita, which apparently won’t be getting a price cut, and release dates for a trio of Mario titles for the 3DS.. all later this year.

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Nintendo Network Announced

Nintendo have announced the Nintendo Network; an online service for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, which will allow customers to browse and purchase content as well as connect with other gamers.

For the Wii U, Nintendo plan to introduce personal accounts, which will also be fully compatible with the Nintendo Network.

The Wii U will launch between E3 and the end of the calendar year.

Darksiders II – Behind the Mask: Death Rises

THQ have released a new developer diary for Vigil Games’ Darksiders II, focusing on Death..

The story in Darksiders II runs alongside that of Darksiders, with War having been convicted and sent to Earth by the Charred Council.  The remaining three Horsemen are informed of this, but believe War to have been set up.  Death sets out to prove War’s innocence.. with a much larger game world filled with quests, loot, and powerful enemies to defeat.

In the developer diary, the Vigil team talk about the differences between War and Death, Death’s fighting abilities and the types of weapons he can use.. with a brief mention of the improved depth to the world players will experience in Darksiders II.

Darksiders II is planned for release in June for the PC, PS3 and 360, with a Wii U version planned for the launch of that system later in 2012.

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