Nov 17th, 2012

The time is upon us: Nintendo’s Wii U console launches tomorrow (or rather, tonight at several midnight launch events) in North America. We’ve created a Wii U launch guide for our readers out there, with information and details about everything you need to know to get ready for the launch.


NSMB UThe Wii U will launch with 23 retail games and 7 indie titles. You can check out the complete list of Wii U launch games , but here are some of the most anticipated ones:

  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • ZombiU
  • Nintendo Land
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Darksiders 2
  • Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge

The 7 indie titles include Trine 2, Toki Tori 2, and Little Inferno. You can find a full list of Wii U indie launch games here. Wii U retail games cost $60, while indie games cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

In the upcoming months, there are many high-profile games to look forward to, including Pikmin 3 and LEGO City Undercover from Nintendo, Rayman Legends from Ubisoft, and Aliens: Colonial Marines from Gearbox.

Wii U bundles

Wii U deluxeThe Wii U will launch in two flavors: the Basic set, and the Deluxe set. While the Deluxe set retails for an additional $50, you get a lot more value for your money.

If you’re looking to pick up Nintendo Land, it will be cheaper to get a Deluxe kit since it includes the game, plus many other goodies. Here’s the full system breakdown:

  • Basic set: includes Wii U console, GamePad controller, 8 GB internal flash storage, and all the cables (including HDMI) needed for the console to work. It retails for $299.
  • Deluxe set: includes everything from the Basic set, plus 32 GB internal flash storage, a stand for the GamePad, a vertical stand for the console, and a copy of Nintendo Land. It retails for $349.

You should consider which console you are getting, because as of now, the Deluxe kit offers much better value, especially when it comes to the storage. Nintendo has released some details about the Wii U storage options, and revealed that the Basic set will only have about 3 GB of free space for save games, downloads, and more.

Wii U accessories

Wii U pro controllerNintendo will offer a slew of Wii U accessories, everything from screen protectors for the GamePad, to the Wii U Pro controller. You can check out the full accessory lineup here. But you’ll probably be interested in only a few accessories at launch, which are:

  • Wii U pro controller, for games that require a more traditional control scheme (although all launch games will support the GamePad).
  • Wiimote + Nun-chuck, for multiplayer games, you’ll need a set of these. Also, if you want to play your old Wii games on the Wii U, you will need a Wiimote and Nun-chucks.
  • GamePad accessory set, which includes a screen protector for your GamePad, an extra Wii U Stylus, and a cleaning cloth.

Wii U availability

While Nintendo will have more Wii U consoles in stock than the previous Wii, shortages are still expected. So far over 500,000 consoles have been pre-ordered, and it’s estimated that around 200,000 to 250,000 will be available in regular retail for those who did not pre-order. So if you’re interested in getting a Wii U for Thanksgiving (or even Christmas), you should get one ASAP.

You might be interested in a Wii U midnight launch event to get your console, but so far it looks like only Best Buy stores in the US will have stores open for the midnight launch.

The future…

Things are looking very good in the future for Nintendo’s Wii U. There are over 50 games coming out in the next few months (including the launch lineup), and we at Wii U Daily will be covering all of them, and regular Wii U news.

We’ll continue to bring you guys the latest and greatest Wii U news, updates, videos, rumors, and more, well into the future. As long as the Wii U is out there, we’ll be here reporting. In fact, we’re just getting started…

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  • CheckItNow12

    The nintendomination is nigh!

    • Cheese

      FIRSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Cheese


        • Master of Awesomeness

          Prepare to be MIND BLOWN!

      • ridley vs. samus

        again, how can you be first when you are responding to another comment?

        • ProWiiU

          samus vs. ridley

      • Lewis

        U my friend are a cock!

      • dr scoobie

        dont rub it in.
        people in the uk have to wait until the 30th

      • Checkitnow12

        Yes, because being first on a website is your greatest accomplishment in life.

    • Ciroc

      I’m so excite! I want it in my hands now!

  • Lazara The Last

    The launch is just great. I mean, 30 games on day one?

    • marioravesto3d

      Not just amount also quality it looks like there’s a few of them.

      • JumpMan

        well, Toki Tori 2 comes out on Dec. 20 worldwide on Wii U… (learned via Two Tribes twitter)

  • Ryu No Hadouken

    Best launch ive seen in a long time…good things are in store for us Nintendo fans….im getting more and more excited everyday! cant wait to see what comes out in a year! Deluxe system will be in my hands tomorrow at noon when my local Gamestop opens! Pre-ordered and paid for in advance!!!!

    • Disciplelicious

      Me, too! I was bummed when I was told they weren’t doing a midnight release. I was like, what are you guys thinking?

      • Grodus

        Does yours even open before eleven? On top of that, I won’t be able to get it until about 2. 🙁

  • Ty

    Finally got my hands on the wii u at Walmart today. One word to describe it. EPIC

    • Random

      I got so annoyed cause I went to Bestbuy to try out the Wii U but the tv it was connected to wouldn’t turn on so I couldn’t even use it! 🙁

  • changus

    I Will take my wii u to my house tonight!!!!!

  • Youtube/KoolAidMan735

    I have to wait till christmas -_-

    • Superstick

      I know right? Bulls**t. -_-

    • LazerK

      I just just hope there will be any Wii Us for chistmas T-T

      • afroninja

        yeah me too want mine alot though

    • Noteak

      Dido 🙁

  • Jetty

    The arduous wait is finally over. Wii U tomorrow. Period. It’s been great to spend time here reading articles and other information to pass time. I’ll break my thumbs in a few hours, but everyone here. Fans and trolls, enjoy the launch, it was a worthwhile wait. Thank you all, Happy Eighteenth USA!!!!

    • Damiao

      Happy eighteenth to Canada aswell!

  • Rob


  • NintendoMan :D

    These next few years are probably going to be some of the best years of MY LIFE!!! Happy gaming to all of you who will have their hands on a Wii U!!! See U in MiiVerse (Maybe)!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  • The Detonator

    nice guys! keep it up!

  • LyingTuna

    I am so hyped! I really hope ZombiU doesn’t suck… All I know is, Nintendo Land is looking mighty awsome, and NSMBU is supposed to be amazing. I will find out tomorrow at 10… Well actually, it’ll be like 20 after 10 till I get home and hook that system up and make my profile and such… Damn you GameStop… No midnight launch…

    • darkfox

      I curse GS! Midnight launch for COD which comes out EVERY YEAR at this time, nut not on a Nintendo product EVER. Better start showing the big N some love if the Rumors od Sony And Micosoft blocking used games are true!

      • Stoppablemurph

        Actually I was talking to the employees of gamestop and they said that it’s for security reasons that most aren’t doing midnight launches. They don’t want people being mugged in the parking lot or trying to sell them to people who didn’t preorder.
        It sucks, but I think it is reasonable. a $60 game is one thing, but a $350 console and potentially several games is another thing entirely as far as security is concerned.

  • Linskarmo

    I can’t wait! I’ll show the wonderful reception of the Wii U to my parents, and then they’ll have to get one. I don’t care if it isn’t a surprise. I MUST have one!! (That probably sounded maniacal, but I’m ecstatic at this point. 😉 )

  • Exuld Acrex

    The WII Upocalypse has begun!

  • JG

    Can we not use a Pro Controller for Multi-player??
    “Wiimote + Nun-chuck: for multiplayer games, you’ll need a set of these…”

    Not having a Wii, I ordered a Pro Controller to be used as my second controller.

  • SweeperJones

    Update on Wii U is available!


    I’m Getting the Deluxe Set For Christmas

    • Noteak

      Same here

  • Nintendo Power

    After so many long painful days, its finally here tonight. Now I need to convince my mom to pay the basic pack.

    • Michael

      Or… you know… get a job. Pay for it yourself.

  • GeneralCrocket

    So excited, but I missed out on the pre-order. Let’s hope I can get it at Best Buy, going 3-4 hours before it opens.

  • Naterman

    Well it’s been super fun here at wii u daily. The best website for info out there. I can’t wait till tomorrow!!!!!!!! See u guys at miiverse. Ill most likely be NateTheGreat so search me up. Hopefully none of u trolls take the name




    Oh And By The Way If you all have Pogo accounts in That’s great.


    I’ll Be Seeing You as well In The MiiVers In The Future! Nate!

  • Rage quit

    The time has come for two worlds to collide our world and he wiiu world how different dimensions mean a new a new world

  • Nintengoth

    Omg! cant wait for the 30th Eeeek! you yanks are lucky buggers! 🙂

  • Jeff

    does anyone know if SMBU works with the new pro controller?
    one of the ads looked like the guy was using the pro controller.

  • kirbymon123

    ….. 😛 I still don’t know what “Indie” means

    • sergiosms

      It means independent

  • kman2495

    Night of the final day
    Less than 12 hours remain

    • LyingTuna

      If you play the song of time, I swear to din I will slice out your spleen. Double time would be cool though.

  • nm_nintendo

    still have to wait 12 days for the launch in europe :'(

    • Andrey

      me too, and 3 week for delivery to Sakhalin(((

  • brian

    I am #1 of 8 waiting at Walmart for. The 1201 launch. 7 seats. Available. In darboy. WI.

  • cross gene

    I gotta get mine after work 2moro 🙁 I hope da Gamestop by me isnt 2 crowded wen I get there.

  • Shane

    The Best Buy in my area isn’t opening at midnight. Oh well. Just be warned that this artical means most stores, so if you preordered it at Best Buy, make sure you know it has a midnight launch before you show up and they’re not going to open. Have fun with your new console everyone!

  • Kevbo

    Just wanted to comment and thank the editors of the site. You guys are doing a great job, this is easily the definitive place to come for WiiU info that I have found so keep up the great work!

  • TheBoldman67

    This is looking to be the best console launch ever. Nice reading you guys these past months, and many more to come.

  • LyingTuna


  • Ivan

    It’s HERE!!!

  • Dereq

    I just picked up a Basic set from Walmart. Didn’t have a preorder; got there at 11:20 and they had 2 systems left! Didn’t get any games yet as they were unable to find ZombiU, but I can take care of that tomorrow. 🙂

  • Infinite_Rubix_Cube

    After over a year-and-a-half of waiting, it’s finally here!

  • D2K

    At long last, the day has arrived. I’ll sound the alarm.



  • dan

    im so excited about wii u browser, my iphone 4, ios 5.0.1 safari scored 244, useable galaxy tab 237, and Wii U is 323……. wow…… no more switching between devices 🙂

  • Johnny Star

    The local WalMart here had one extra Deluxe set when I picked up my daughter’s pre-order a while ago. People if you didn’t pre-order, check your local WalMart right now, they may have some still!!

  • TheUNation

    Generation U is FINALLY here!!!!

  • D2K

    Boy, there is a epic butthurt going on multiply forums out there about the Wii U. People are scared to death of this thing, and they should.

  • dereq

    typing from the WiiU right now. The internet browser is wicked fast!

  • theorangefish

    The storage shortage is a fake! I work in a multimediashop and we only sold half of the systems. You see Nintendo doesn’t focus on gameplay, they focus on MONEY!

  • DrakaLord

    Well…it’s good to see the people with their new WiiU in hands…all in north america enjoy this moment…here in colombia have to wait…i guess…2 weeks at least to enjoy this new WiiU…fortunatelly we can buy it anywhere and don’t have to wait if there’s stock or not. Greetings from Colombia to all the new WiiU fans… me 😀

  • jacobbaba

    guys please answer my question i pre ordered the deluxe edition months ago
    and got overnight shipping will my wii u come in tomorrow (Monday) or tuesday

  • 0soul

    I’ll wait till Christmas…

  • verymetal

    Cheers, for a successful launch!