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Nintendo Direct: Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

Posted by Damien McFerran

Covering the Wii U launch in Japan

You may not realise it, but the Wii U hasn't actually launched in its native Japan yet. Us lucky westerners may already be knee-deep in Mario, ZombiU and Miiverse, but in the Land of the Rising Sun the system doesn't hit store shelves until the 8th of December.

While the Nintendo Direct presentations for North America and Europe later today will focus on games coming out later this year and in early 2013, you can expect the Japanese version to focus more on the release of the console itself.

You can watch the video live here, and we'll be providing commentary where we can. Enjoy!

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12:33

Our news stories from this broadcast are now going up on the main page. What are you waiting for?

11:44

And that's a wrap!

11:41

We'll just leave this here.

11:40

Iwata is spying on Reggie!

11:39

Wii U Panorama View has integration with Google Maps, it would appear?

11:36

So you can watch Pokemon (naturally!)

11:36

Also supports Hulu on-demand streaming service

11:36

Japanese TVii looks a lot different to the NA version, no?

11:35

11:34

11:33

Nintendo TVii being discussed now...

11:30

Dragon Quest is on now!

11:28

Being published by Square Enix in Japan, of all people!

11:27

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 now...

11:25

ZombiU is currently keeping several members of the Nintendo Life team awake at night. Fantastic game!

11:24

Rayman Legends! 2013 feels so far away!

11:20

Pikmin 3 looks amazing in HD. Can't wait to play this one

11:20

11:19

Pikmin 3 now...

11:19

11:15

This is really looking like an essential purchase! Go, Wario!

11:15

11:14

11:13

Fruit!

11:12

Game & Wario is already the best thing ever

11:12

11:11

Game & Wario now!

11:11

Iwata is discussing connectivity for NSMB U across Miiverse, phones and computers

11:10

NSMB U Channel!

11:09

Wii Fit U!

11:09

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2! You're already dead, etc...

11:08

Party time! Looks like a Japan-exclusive from the Simple series.

11:06

BAT-A-MAN.

11:06

Assassin's Creed III now. Looking sweet!

11:05

Only kidding. It's clearly Mario and his chums. Have you checked out our review yet?

11:05

WHAT IS THIS MYSTERY GAME??

11:04

Damo: "High speed ninja action". That's the BEST kind of action.

11:04

Monster Hunter Tri G HD Version!

11:03

Damo - Looks like this is just going to be a run-down of all the Wii U launch titles in Japan

11:03

FIFA 13 now!

11:02

"FIFA 13", or FIFA 12 U as we know it.

11:02

Iwata totally just exploded

11:01

Lego City Undercover looks ace, but we know about it already, Iwata!

11:01

Ant - This looks like LEGO GTA

11:00

LEGO IWATA

10:59

Our bodies are ready. (We're contractually obliged to say that now).

10:53

Less than ten minutes!

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User Comments (16)

RupeeClock

#1

RupeeClock said:

Might as well check out this stream whilst my Wii U and 3DS receive simultaneous firmware updates. :)

Zach777

#3

Zach777 said:

Did anyone know that the 3DS update added new levels to the NSMB2 shop? Just saying....

erv

#4

erv said:

ah, tr G in HD... wait, is this tri Ultimate? Is there more material :)?

antdickensAdmin

#5

antdickens said:

It amazes me that Nintendo don't release the console in Japan first, must be killing their home fans!

kurtasbestos

#7

kurtasbestos said:

I won't be buying a Wii U (yet), but I might go out on Saturday to see how ridiculous the lines at the big electronics stores get.

DestinyMan

#8

DestinyMan said:

Yay, Game & Wario! It looks as silly and random as ever. I hope Iwata makes a cameo appearance in it like in Mega Microgame$$ and Smooth Moves. That Lego Iwata is really cool.

Tsuchinoko

#10

Tsuchinoko said:

@antdickens Here is Japan there really is still a focus on the 3DS, and portable gaming in general. That's why I think the push to have more connectivity between 3DS and WiiU games like with Monster Hunter 3G is a smart move.

There really doesn't seem to be as big of a movement towards the WiiU so far, and the system will only have about half the number of launch games as it did in other regions. Also, the only Japanese exclusive game so far is MH 3G HD ver.

Xilef

#12

Xilef said:

Did Lego Iwata just hold up a carrot? Either Nintendo is messing with us or they really are hinting something.

Banker-Style

#13

Banker-Style said:

Lego Iwata =best thing ever.
I demand a mini figure of him,or even better a playable version of Lego Iwata in the game.

Molotov

#14

Molotov said:

What I Like: LEGO IWATA.
What I Despise: The Horrible Black Ops 2 Wii U Graphics.

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