The Nintendo Wii U hits UK shelves this Friday, 30th November.
The Japanese giant’s latest console, the first new console in six years, was released in the US earlier this month but will finally make its way across the pond at the end of this week.
A midnight launch for the unique console is being held at HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street on Thursday. Doors open at 11pm and the first 100 people in the queue will get two games for free.
The Wii U will launch in the UK with 24 titles, including: New Super Mario Bros. U, Zombie U and Assassin’s Creed 3. The full list of games available from release is as follows:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two
EA SPORTS FIFA 13
Mass Effect 3 Special Edition
Ben 10: Omniverse
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
TANK! TANK! TANK!
Twkken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition
New Super Mario Bros. U
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Assassin’s Creed III
Just Dance 4
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
Game Party Champions
The console has received mixed reactions since its US release, with several game developers criticizing the console’s hardware. The Wii U’s CPU was described as ‘horrible and slow’ by Metro: Last Light’s chief technical officer and a developer at DICE claimed that this will shorten the console’s life.
It wasn’t only the industry experts complaining though. A large, compulsory update resulted in many gamers being left with a broken console after turning it off during the long download.
Not the most ideal of launches then. However, while it is unlikely it will match the crazy success of its predecessor, the Wii U really does offer a distinct form of gameplay with its tablet-style game pad. It will be interesting to see how it does over here and whether Nintendo can support it with some quality games.
Less party bundles yeah?