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Wii U Takes London By Storm With Midnight Launch

Posted by Andy Green

Hundreds of Nintendo fans braved the cold

For Europe, the wait is finally over. At the stroke of midnight on November 30th the Wii U was released into the wild, and there's no better way to celebrate such a thing than to hold a big midnight launch event at HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London.

People flocked from far and wide to get a piece of the action, some of them have even been camping outside since Saturday morning! It been a cold week but that didn’t put people off as hundreds of avid fans queued up outside the store in anticipation for Nintendo’s latest home console.

Once the bell tolled the party really got started with people rushing to the tills with their paper and plastic desperate to get hold of what they came for! Of course Mario was in attendance and handed over the first Wii U console to the lucky Izzy Rahman who can now pack up his tent and head home a happy man. The first 100 people who bought a Wii U also picked up a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U as well as another game of their choice courtesy of Nintendo – a nice reward for braving the elements for so long. The next 100 people received a slightly less exciting £5 voucher while all of the first 500 customers got themselves a Nintendo goody bag.

ZombiU was of course a big hit on the night with many keen gamers getting their hands on a copy of the survival horror game. Ubisoft were pushing the title hard and sent a flock of rambling zombies into the store to give a few customers a scare – of course it was a late one so a few of them could have just been tired fans, it’s hard to tell.

Were you at the event last night? We’d love to hear what you all think of your shiny new Wii Us so let us know in the comments below!

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User Comments (9)

Dreamcaster-X

#2

Dreamcaster-X said:

I LOVE system launches!! Looks like everyone had a great time. Glad to see the rest of the world enjoying this fantastic system!! Everyone needs a copy of Sonic-All-Stars Racing Transformed to go with their new system. Couldn't resist, I LOVE that game!!!

Picola

#6

Picola said:

I went to a midnight launch in my city up north, and I was expecting queues as had read of the hmv event etc, but was able to freely browse around the store prior to midnight and was second to get the console ( zombiiu pack, plus mario and Nintendo land) and was out by ten past midnight! Great night tho.

P184

#7

P184 said:

I was there in the store on launch day here in Swansea, Wales. Lots of Mom's asking odd questions about the Wii U. Been setting my Premium Black Console up at home this evening.

The thing that's impressed me the most is how speedy the internet browser is.
It loads pages faster than my pretty decent Laptop does and the addition of tabs is very welcome indeed.

The main gripe I have at the moment is that there isn't a better range of Communities in Miiverse. For the games they've got you covered, but how about some general ones for the Wii U Hardware itself or some sub-forums
to keep things a little more on topic and organised.

Lunapplebloom

#8

Lunapplebloom said:

Enjoy your new Wii Us UK NLers. :) I wish the states had that kind of a launch all over the country, but beggars can't be choosers.

chiptoon

#9

chiptoon said:

I wish fans and retailers cared so much in South Africa. My preorder didn't arrive a the shop because apparently the courier broke down. No other information was available. BT Games is entirely useless, and unfortunately our only dedicated games retailer.

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