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Live: Wii U Preview

Posted by Damien McFerran

Live updates from today's big event

At 3PM UK time (10AM if you're in the US), Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata will deliver simultaneous announcements relating to the new Nintendo Wii U console. We'll be reporting on both events in this live text stream, as well as posting images and other commentary on the unfolding events.

You can watch the North America Nintendo Direct stream live right here:

You can watch the UK/European presentation by pointing your browser here.

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16:49

We're writing up and summarising the major developments on the site, so check it out.

15:58

Games reel time... that's probably all the announcements done and done.

15:57

"How U Will Play Next" New Strapline...

15:56

15:53

November launch for BLOPS 2

15:52

GamePad allows proper full screen multiplayer in BLOPS 2

15:51

CoD Blops 2 has support for Wii Remote and Nunchuk

15:51

15:49

Activision are doing a live demo of BLOPS 2 right now

15:48

BLOPS. It rolls off the tongue.

15:48

15:48

Call of Duty BLOPS 2!

15:48

15:47

15:47

15:46

15:46

Transformers Prime - again, visuals are Wii quality rather than Wii U...

15:46

007 Legends up next, looks like a Wii game?

15:45

Skylanders Giants...

15:44

Yes yes, tell us about some games...

15:42

15:42

Activision's Eric Hirshberg has taken the stage...

15:42

The European video is finished, all eyes on NA!

15:42

Call of Duty, surely.

15:42

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to the West, Wii U and 3DS

15:41

15:41

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Confirmed for Wii U - March 2013 (EU)

15:40

15:40

The Wonderful 101!

15:40

Project P-100's new name is...

15:39

Wii U exclusive. Impressive.

15:39

But still! Blimey.

15:39

No gameplay, just CGI.

15:39

15:38

BAYONETTA 2. OMG.

15:38

Bayonetta 2 confirmed as exclusive to Wii U, published by Nintendo

15:37

TVii is free with every Wii U, no monthly fee

15:36

Apologies if this live stream is looking a bit mixed up - we're covering the NA and EU presentations simultaneously!

15:36

Not sure TVii is going to be seen outside of NA for quite some time, if at all.

15:35

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 "in development" for Wii U

15:35

Online "sharing" of live TV could be huge...

15:34

TVii connects to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook - brave move for Nintendo?

15:33

15:31

Anyone else rapidly losing interest?

15:30

TVii looks neat, but we were holding out for F-Zero Wii U, if we're honest.

15:30

Toki Tori 2 Level Editor confirmed, which is fantastic news.

15:29

Strong social theme with TVii, you can recommend shows to your friends

15:28

15:27

TVii is like an interactive content guide, pulling in shows from different sources

15:27

ZombieU Wii U bundle confirmed in EU, with black system and also a Pro Controller

15:26

15:25

Looks like TVii can show real-time data on the game pad, so when you're watching a football match, you can see the relative positions of the players...interesting!

15:25

15:25

Correction - looks like this is a way of pulling together content from different providers

15:24

Looks like a rival to Netflix...

15:23

15:23

A new way to find, watch and engage with your TV!

15:23

Zombi U is another launch day Ubi title in Europe

15:22

Nintendo announces Nintendo TVii

15:22

15:22

Nintendo wants your living room, people.

15:21

Reggie is back, he's about to take some names

15:20

Rayman Legends Will Arrive on Launch Day in Europe.

15:20

We're looking at LEGO City now... it's quite pretty isn't it?

15:19

Skill based challenges coming to Mario U

15:18

Race mode... interesting.

15:18

We're looking at a the map over-world for New Super Mario Bros. U

15:16

New Super Mario Bros. U definitely there at launch in Europe.

15:14

This looks pretty fun... but we've seen enough for now.

15:13

Asymmetric gameplay in Metroid Blast demo!

15:12

...he meant Metroid Blast. Silly Billy.

15:12

...and it's Metroid Battle!

15:12

Nintendo Land gameplay demo happening RIGHT NOW.

15:10

Nintendo Life not quoted. Boo.

15:10

European launch date is 30th November

15:10

15:09

Nintendo Land is up next.

15:09

Call of Duty, anyone?

15:09

$299.99 (Basic) and $349.99 (Deluxe) for the two Wii U bundles in NA

15:08

15:08

Which means Nintendo isn't giving you one with the Wii U. Pffft.

15:08

More than 100 million Wii Remotes sold in the US

15:07

Nintendo Land to be bundled with Wii U Deluxe set

15:07

15:06

White "Basic" and Black "Deluxe" Wii U sets available

15:06

15:06

(Or 18.11.12 if you prefer the proper way of listing dates)

15:06

European Premium Pack Include Nintendo Land and Nintendo Network Premium

15:05

Wii U arrives in North America 11.18.12

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15:03

15:01

It's almost time...

14:53

Those white sofas look quite nice, they should of had one white, one black though...

14:50

BREAKING: People sitting in chairs!

14:41

Our man Patrick is watching nearby!

14:40

If you need to go to the toilet, now is the time! /leavesdesk

14:27

We're counting down to the US Nintendo Direct, are you ready?

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User Comments (226)

3DSLUIGI

#6

3DSLUIGI said:

This should be good. So far, everything I heard that went down from Nintendo Of Japan's end went down good. All except for no addition of Nintendo Land not being bundled with either the Wii U 8 GB or 32 GB console. I don't get why they did that?

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

So, do you think Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata has a voodoo doll of Reggie that at this very minute he is attempting to give laryngitis to so he can hog all of the headlines? Seems this Euro-based Nintendo site is showing Reggie all the love ;-)

NintyMan

#10

NintyMan said:

I'm not going to be able to watch the stream, but I'll keep an eye on the live text. This is like waiting on a roller coaster before it takes off.

Xiao_Pai

#11

Xiao_Pai said:

crosses fingers
Don't screw up launch, don't screw up launch, don't screw up launch... xD

NightSmoke

#15

NightSmoke said:

I woke up at six and couldn't get back to sleep. I'm pretty sure my body was letting me know that it is ready.

Ichiban

#16

Ichiban said:

Im switching between this & the europe direct. got my vanilla coke & bags of snickers & twix mini's. Lets do this!

GuardianKing

#18

GuardianKing said:

By the way: New Pokemon Mystery Dungeon has been announced for 3DS. Full 3D world, gameplay and all. Just saying.

FiveDigitLP

#22

FiveDigitLP said:

I woke up randomly at 2:40 AM (US Central time) this morning. I think my body was ready, so I checked NintendoLife and saw all the cool news from Japan.
Can't wait for our own info coming up!

FluttershyGuy

#28

FluttershyGuy said:

"ARE YOU READY??? You think you can tell us what to do? You think you can tell us what to wear? You think that you're better? Well, you better get ready. Bow to The Masters! BREAK IT DOWN!!!"

FiveDigitLP

#29

FiveDigitLP said:

Also, I hope Amazon has this available for preorder like they did with the 3DS. If they do, then, just like the 3DS, I'll be able to use my rewards from my Amazon credit card to preorder the entire system!

3DSLUIGI

#30

3DSLUIGI said:

I hope that the rumor was true earlier this year about having the ability to play GCN games through VC on the Wii U eShop. That and I hope we get something similar to what Nintendo Of Japan showed off in package details.

AyeHaley

#32

AyeHaley said:

Best day of the year! Well maybe second best since launchday will be even better. I need that premium Black bundle. So awesome. Gotta love Nintendo!

RupeeClock

#33

RupeeClock said:

I'll be over at Nintendo's site watching the presentation intended for Brits like me. :)

Sir_Deadly

#35

Sir_Deadly said:

My body is ready!!! Here's hoping for release date & prices!!! Also new games and franchise to announce!!!

3DSLUIGI

#44

3DSLUIGI said:

@Bof

It's sad really. The more ppl keep saying stuff like that about the GBA coming to 3DS VC like as if it's gonna take forever to come, the more chances of it taking forever will happen. For GBA to come on the eShop, just be patient. It will happen eventually.

Stine

#45

Stine said:

I should probably watch the European presentation, but I think I'd rather watch the American one. They (probably) won't be too different, anyway, and surely we'll only get an "up to retailers" price in Europe, while the US price will actually give me an idea of the prices here. Actually, I'll try watching both at the same time, but without sound on one of them. :P

Super-Mario-Fan

#47

Super-Mario-Fan said:

This is my first time watching a Nintendo presentation Live! I usually just watch it afterwards on the Wii Nintendo channel.

Magi

#49

Magi said:

Bof, good question. This is the first conference I've ever watched. No sound yet for me either. We've got a couple people watching @ work.

3DSLUIGI

#65

3DSLUIGI said:

Ya man. They're all like, hurry up and start NOA! You wasted enough of our dam time already. lol

Bulbousaur

#81

Bulbousaur said:

Internet traffic is too bad in for the Euro version, guess I'm watching the American!

AcesHigh

#93

AcesHigh said:

i wont the bet! :) I clled Nov 18. Along with others too... but all the analysts were wrong

Xiao_Pai

#113

Xiao_Pai said:

Ugh, the freezing up is driving me crazy. >.>
Anyways, getting Deluxe simply because its the only way to get it black. xD

NintyMan

#115

NintyMan said:

Metroid Blast looks prety cool. I'm getting to watch the stream after all, if you didn't already know.

3DSLUIGI

#122

3DSLUIGI said:

IMO, it's good to know that someone has the option to fly Samus's ship while helping another player. Smart thinking.

HappyHappy

#123

HappyHappy said:

For fifty extra dollars I can get a free game, more memory and a ten percent discount on online games I think I might buy the deluxe set.

Magi

#124

Magi said:

Playing cooperatively he says. Local multiplayer or just flat-out regular multiplayer?

3DSLUIGI

#126

3DSLUIGI said:

I wonder if Metroid Blast was that Battle Mii demo before they showed off at E3 2011?

rjejr

#136

rjejr said:

Cant see any reason to get basic white with all the extras in black, if the game is $50 or $60 there you go. And trade the game in if you dont want it.

wait what, tvii? is this the Apple tv?

Magi

#142

Magi said:

Just called Gamestop. He had no info on preorders right now. Another Gamestop said maybe tomorrow morning.

Emaan

#144

Emaan said:

Looks like I need to save up some more for the $350 Deluxe bundle. So far, this has been a really interesting preview. So North America actually gets Nintendo Land bundled, in a way. Also, Nintendo TVii looks really cool. :D

Robo-goose

#145

Robo-goose said:

Only fifty extra bucks for the Premium addition, which comes with a copy of Nintendo land, some fancy plastic things, and 24 extra Gigs.
The cost of Nintendo Land alone would be fifty bucks, and you'd buy it immediately after getting the Wii U anyway (or not). Sounds like a good deal to me.

rjejr

#147

rjejr said:

is tvii like the Sony S and Samsung Galaxy tablet apps? i was going to buy a tablet to do this.

TheChosen

#148

TheChosen said:

Sheesh. This is starting to remind me of Microsofts last E3. At least there's less SPORTS SPORTS KINECT SPORTS.

SLiM

#163

SLiM said:

Yeah getting boring. We need a Zelda announcement to liven things up!

Sir_Deadly

#165

Sir_Deadly said:

It would have been better if they did a video and uploaded it to youtube or something and they announced, "check out our youtube channel for further look into Nintendo TVii"!!!

FluttershyGuy

#166

FluttershyGuy said:

I came here for games, not all this other jazz I could care less about! Were's the Wii U shop details?

rjejr

#170

rjejr said:

ham on crakers? lunch time.

is the europe braodcast spending all this time on tvii?

Ichiban

#177

Ichiban said:

Holy crap! Bayonetta 2?!!
Thats your hardcore audience sold right there. Done.

rjejr

#181

rjejr said:

Wow, Bayonetta 2 exclusive!! Loved the first one, and as an exclusive they should be able to avoid all the problems th ePS3 version had.

They renamed cool sounding Project X to Wonderful 101? Why?

MH Tri HD update or new game?

dew12333

#182

dew12333 said:

Monster Hunter 3 for 3ds and Wii U.

Both compatable with each other.

This was exclusive info from europe direct.

Karakato

#184

Karakato said:

Monster Hunter 3G 3DS+WiiU US release? Yep, thats all I needed to hear, hype sustained.

WiiLovePeace

#186

WiiLovePeace said:

I loved the European presentation :D I'm really liking the look of some of those games & the suprise of Bayonetta 2 being a Nintendo exclusive when the 1st game didn't even touch Nintendo consoles :P Also, Nano Assault NEO looks really awesome :D

ejamer

#190

ejamer said:

"Not sure TVii is going to be seen outside of NA for quite some time, if at all."

Interesting news about TVii. Not as exciting as game announcements, but numbers suggest that people watch media more than they play games on all current gen systems... so spending some time to hype and explain the feature is probably a good move.

One issue: I strongly question whether this will be North America or just a US exclusive, much like Hulu and countless other free video services. Seems very likely that they will NOT provide this service for Canadians, although I'd love to be proven wrong.

Magi

#191

Magi said:

Nintendo Land looks to be the most compelling game title to launch so far. Unless, ofc, if ZombieU gets a US release on day 1 as well.

Robo-goose

#194

Robo-goose said:

If he played Blops2 right now, he'd kill everyone with XxxX_Z_NO[SCOPE]XxX_360#HYPER*&SNIPER_XxXTREEEEMEXxxxxx.

rjejr

#195

rjejr said:

All the Activion games visually look like Gamecube games.

I already have 3DS and PS3 Skylnders portals, he didn'y even mention if you need a portal w/ NFC built into the gamepad.

Nobody is buying a Wii U for a FPS.

go away

JustAnotherUser

#210

JustAnotherUser said:

"Activision provide great blockbuster titles." LOL.
The call of Suty presentation killed the end of it for me.
Other than that great presentation.
Now, how about those European details?

Sir_Deadly

#211

Sir_Deadly said:

NOW maybe developers will announce more of those secret titles we've been hearing all about!!!

WaveBoy

#214

WaveBoy said:

I'm no fan of Call of Duty, but it's great to hear that Activision is supporting the Wii remote and nunchuck as an alternate control scheme, which actually kind of suprised me. Can't say the say for ZombiU. booo. :p

And the Reg head looked like he was about to take a trip to nappy land during that overly long TVii demonstration haha. Cant say i blame him!

Legodavid18

#215

Legodavid18 said:

Was I the only one who noticed Warriors Orochi 3 during the reel? I loved Samurai Warriors 3 and Chronicles, so I'll get this too! Good show Nintendo!

rjejr

#218

rjejr said:

Final thoughts - a great system for somebody who doesn't already own an HD console. but then i'ld buy a PS3 holiday bundle for $199 and play most of these same games cheaper. Can't spend $300 just to play Pikmin 3.
OK, if TRU or Target or GS throws in NL to the basic or a $50 GC for the black AND it's in stock, Ill buy 1.

FluttershyGuy

#220

FluttershyGuy said:

I find the lack of eShop details disturbing. Guess we'll get more news at a future Nintendo direct? Hopefully?

grumblebuzzz

#222

grumblebuzzz said:

It all looks great, price is reasonable, but I'm going to wait a while for a couple of reasons. #1: I don't have an HD TV so there's really no reason for me to geek out about the graphics like a lot of people are. #2: No must play games just yet for me. Mario looks nice with the SMW-inspired map and all the Miiverse extras but it's just not something I HAVE to have right now. I would say I will be getting a Wii U around April-May of next year (tax time).

Judah_83

#224

Judah_83 said:

Well done Nintendo! MH3, Bayonetta 2, Madden 13, Fifa 13, 2k13, W101, BOPS2, ZombiU, Ninja Gaiden:RE, ME3, Arkham City: AE, Tekken Tag, Darksiders 2. Hardcore crowd will be pleased!

TornadoX7

#225

TornadoX7 said:

Nintendo u managed to impress me yet again...(no pun intended) i want that deluxe set mainly because of the color and Nintendo land being bundled with it..i wonder if they'll make basic set be able to have a black color.

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