Nintendo Wii U: Games Fans Queue For Console
Games fans queued outside a store in London's Oxford Street, eager to be among the first in the UK to own the much-anticipated Wii U.
The first major home console launch since 2006 has already proved popular in the US, despite mixed reviews, and there has been a high demand for pre-orders in the UK, launch hosts HMV said.
The Wii U features the GamePad controller, a tablet-type device that allows users to continue playing after the connected television has been turned off or switched to another channel.
The controller boasts a 6.2in touchscreen display and a three to five-hour battery life.
Among the games expected to be best-sellers are ZombiU, which carries an 18 age restriction, NintendoLand - the Wii Sports for the new console - and New Super Mario Bros U.
The console launched in the US earlier in November, with most concerns surrounding the amount of games that will be available to justify the minimum £250 cost.
Others have mentioned the controller's weak battery performance, a lack of stand-out launch games and frustrating menus and online services.
Nintendo UK marketing director Shelly Pearce told Sky's Jeff Randall Live the Wii U's inbuilt screen "fundamentally changes the way you play video games".
She said all existing games can be played on the new console and it offers "a really deep gaming experience".
Earlier she said: "We can't wait to get the Wii U into the hands of our fans in the UK."
Over the summer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Nintendo illustrated how New Super Mario Bros. U could be played on either a TV or the touchscreen controller.
The latest instalment in the brick-smashing, coin-collecting franchise lets up to four people play simultaneously with traditional controllers, while another can join in with the touchscreen controller to jab enemies and build platforms.
New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand demonstrate what Nintendo calls "asymmetric gameplay" - where a group of people playing together are having very different play experiences on a single game.
And after taking on board criticism of the original Wii's awkward online system, Nintendo has boosted the new console's connected capabilities.
"The system will know when you're playing with your user account - everything that you've played in the past, what your preferences are," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
"So it will truly be an experience unique to you. Versus if your wife or your children want different experiences, they really are tailored for each particular consumer."
what do you think?
Baahahaha moooooooooo baaahahaha! The walking dead are at it again. Why not wait until next week and walk into a shop like a normal person? Sheep! Zombies!
That's all well and good, but you couldn't find a Wii for love nor money for about a month after it launched in 2006. I pre-ordered mine online months in advance and only got it two weeks after release. Still, my Wii U is on its way right this instant. I was able to enjoy a good nights sleep in a warm bed. I don't get the appeal of trying to be "the first" to buy it in the country. I bet the game store staff get first pickings the moment they receive the shippment.
Din't think they would,they have to order the same (my son works for HMV)
As in, they get to take one home and pay for it out of their wages, or up front if they wish. Perhaps not take it home until launch day though. Anyway, plenty of games reviewers get the console way early so no one who purchases it at retail can ever be "the first to own one".
Not allowed to take things home without paying.new wii game came out friday he got it dor me on that day and not before
I'm glad Nintendo are bringing something new once again instead of the same old games, just on a more powerful machine with slightly better graphics. I'm looking at you Microsoft, Sony... There's only so much better Call of Duty or Fifa can get without changing the way you play it.
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Some of my wife's colleagues have got to be the first to have all this stuff. Almost to person, they live on a ''catch a mouse and eat it'' basis. They don't have land-lines, they have pay as you talk phones that never have any credit in them, but they spend thousands on Christmas. They need to borrow your phone all the time, and need carrying to and from work. This Wii stuff has never interested me, but each to their own. It just makes me wonder how many of those queueing at stores for the latest technology are missing important bills or neglecting to eat properly, etc. ?
I was going to say similar - I see so many kids boasting about their latest iPhone or whatever and yet they don't seem to have what they actually need. Perhaps instead of a trip to Florida and a new games console, some people would benefit from investing in going to a parents' evening or taking their kids to an activity - or not teaching them to swear! They spend a fortune on catalogues and credit, though.