Wii U UK Launch Event Set for HMV in London

Free games for the first 100

With one week before its release in Europe, details have now emerged of the UK's Wii U launch event — it's set for HMV's flagship London store on Oxford Street. As you'd expect it'll be a midnight launch, and various incentives and activities are planned to keep eager Wii U early-adopters warm.

The doors will officially open at 11pm ahead of the first midnight sales, but it's also been confirmed that the first 100 people in the queue will get a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U and another game of their choice from a specified selection. The next 100 get the less glamorous prize of a £5 voucher, while the first 500 will all get a Wii U goody bag, sure to have its share of Mario-shaped bits and bobs included.

There'll also be games on display for shoppers to try, specifically New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land and ZombiU. Intriguingly, the press release promises promotional characters from Mario's 2D adventure and Ubisoft's zombie horror title, which is guaranteed to give some good photo opportunities.

So, are any of you planning to get down to London to queue up for this launch event?