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  #41  
Old 07-26-2012, 02:50 PM
Engadget apparently had a big hands on article with vids and hte like posted back on June 5th.

Here's the link

Don't have time to read/watch now so i can't speak to how informative it is or not but i thought it would be a good post for this thread.
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  #42  
Old 08-07-2012, 05:41 PM
The leaked Wii-U game covers !!!!| Mass Effect 3 confirmed for launch

here some of the covers that were posted on Amazon.ca:



Mass Effect 3 has been confirmed as one of the launch games for the Wii-U. There is talk that the game will include both 1 & 2 as well.

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...qid=1344375599

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/3712...ice-leaked.htm

http://kotaku.com/5932359/amazon-lea...ox-art-designs

Update)

Target now lists the same covers (with spines showing)
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  #43  
Old 08-08-2012, 11:23 AM
I need a friend to get one of these for me to test out once released. I am not excited about it at all but want to try it out. I have a Wii but never use it. My daughter uses it for the wii draw game but I am thinking of getting that for xbox and just getting rid of the wii all together. Might be interested in the WiiU but only if the game titles are spectacular. I did love RE4 on Wii. Still one of my favorite games played.
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  #44  
Old 08-15-2012, 04:38 PM
Nintendo’s Wii-U release to be around Black Friday

The latest rumour about Nintendo’s Wii-U release date suggests that Nintendo’s next generation console is likely to hit the market during the week of Black Friday this year.

It seems that Nintendo has picked the best time to launch its new console as the week after Thanksgiving is when everyone goes out for Christmas shopping because of the huge discounts. If the rumour is true, Nintendo is hoping to cash in with the Wii brand throughout the remaining year.

Black Friday this year falls on November 30 and that means that Nintendo will be capitalising on the shopping rush. A leaked Gamestop list reveals that there will be 27 launch titles for the Wii-U. The launch title list for the Wii-U includes many popular games like Mass Effect 3, Zombie-U, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Assassin’s Creed 3, Alien: Colonial Marines and FIFA 13.

This list comes as an assurance to Wii-U fans that Nintendo will not have a poor launch and the gamers who decide to get a Wii-U at launch will have a nice selection of games to choose from. Then there is also the fact that the Wii-U has full backwards compatibility with the Wii and gamers will have some use for the new hardware even if they don’t like any of the launch titles.

The fact that currently there is no announcement for a Wii-U version of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II might hurt the console sales as the most popular first person shooter (FPS) will only be available for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

Analysts believe that Call of Duty will be dominating video game sales this year so this might come as a huge blow to Nintendo if the FPS doesn’t get a Wii-U version before the console launches. There are also rumours that Sony has been manufacturing a super-slim version of the PlayStation 3 which will be released alongside Nintendo Wii-U as Sony hopes to gain from the Wii-U hype and move many PlayStation 3 units since it will probably be the cheapest console available.

The leaked Gamestop list for the Wii-U launch titles also shows that most of the titles are heavily discounted. Many of the games on the list will be sold for around $49.99. This holiday will be very important for Nintendo as it might make or break the upcoming console.
http://blogs.bettor.com/Nintendos-Wi...Update-a180356

(update)

According to a GoNintendo* report, the Wii U might be available for sale in the U.S. week of Black Friday (the Friday following Thanksgiving). That pegs the US launch sometime between November 19th and November 23rd.
http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/...endo-surprise/
*http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=183154
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/rumou...europe/0101146

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  #45  
Old 08-21-2012, 08:15 PM
Rumor: Wii U Pre-Orders To Start Industry-Wide Next Month

GoNintendo is reporting that an “anonymous source” has sent them a small image from a “Best Buy employee newsletter” stating that “industry-wide” Wii U pre-orders will start in September. Assuming the image is real, this would indicate that Nintendo is on the verge of announcing the consoles price and release date.

The image of the supposed newsletter reads:
Quote:
“Customers can be Notified when Wii U will be Available for Pre-order”

“Wii U cannot be pre-ordered industry-wide until September. However, through the magic of BestBuy.com, customers can sign up to be notified via email when pre-orders become available…”
There is no proof that the image is actually from a Best Buy employee newsletter, so this should defiantly be considered a rumor until The Big N officially reveals their launch plans for the HD console. With that said, we have seen a lot of unconfirmed Wii U information leak out from retailers lately, and where there’s smoke…
http://wegotthiscovered.com/news/rum...de-next-month/

on Thursday I'll go to work and look at our current newsletter

I'm actually leaning Towards 2 SKU's.
Both at $299:
White WiiU with Gamepad & Wiimote/Nunchuck
Black WiiU with Gamepad & Pro Controller
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  #46  
Old 08-21-2012, 08:21 PM
Date and Price for Wii U to be announced via Press Event On September 13th



Nintendo sent out invites today for a Wii U press event being held on September 13th in New York City, where the company will tell us “more about how the Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment”. Which is super-secret PR code for the console’s release date, price point, and software launch lineup.

Kotaku notes, that the last time this type of Nintendo event took place in New York City was in January 2011, when Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced the launch plans for the 3DS. A few years prior to that press event, Reggie was also in NYC showing off the Wii’s launch lineup.

When you combine Reggie’s NYC travel history with the recent Best Buy pre-order rumors, I’d say that we should all prepare ourselves to be “pleasantly surprised” when he surprises us with the Wii U‘s launch plans on September 13th.
http://wegotthiscovered.com/news/nin...eptember-13th/

BESTBUY CANADA HAS THE GAME 'ZOMBIU' FOR THE WII U LISTED AS HAVING A DATE OF 10/30.

(update)

Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst, said he expected the basic Wii U game system to sell for around $300 or higher.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,5286633.story

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  #47  
Old 08-23-2012, 07:45 AM
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GoNintendo is reporting that an “anonymous source” has sent them a small image from a “Best Buy employee newsletter” stating that “industry-wide” Wii U pre-orders will start in September. Assuming the image is real, this would indicate that Nintendo is on the verge of announcing the consoles price and release date.

There is no proof that the image is actually from a Best Buy employee newsletter, so this should defiantly be considered a rumor until The Big N officially reveals their launch plans for the HD console.
Im at work. This is what aan empoyee said...

Weekly news for Aug. 19-26 stated that pre orders for the Wii-U will not start until Sept.

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  #48  
Old 08-24-2012, 03:59 PM
Target Wii U Software Cards Indicate an early December Launch

GoNintendo has received several pictures of Target’s Wii U software pre-order cards, which seem to indicate that the system will have an early December launch date in the US.

The back of the pre-order cards, for both ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros. U, clearly state “Do not sell card after 11.30.12″. Additionally, there is another blurb of text further down that reads, “Target Reservation Card: Expires 7 Days From Release Date”.

Keep in mind, this in no way confirms that the Wii U hardware will launch in early December, however, Target typically stops selling their reservation cards a few days before the product is released. If that trend holds true with these software pre-order cards, it means that Nintendo is planning to launch their new console a bit later than most of us were expecting.

Interestingly, this speculated later release date also squares with a recent unconfirmed report, which claimed that Nintendo has pushed back the console’s release date in Europe due to manufacturing problems with the Wii U GamePad controller.

We should find out the Wii U‘s official launch plans when Nintendo holds their next press conference on September 13th. Until then this report should be considered speculation.
http://wegotthiscovered.com/news/rum...cember-launch/
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  #49  
Old 08-26-2012, 04:03 PM
I'd be weary of any game system that got released on due date too !
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  #50  
Old 08-31-2012, 07:46 PM
Wii U final retail specs reportedly divulged by developers

Since it was first announced, the hardware specs of the Nintendo Wii U have been a constant source of rumor and speculation. A new report on Thursday though may have given us the details on what kind of hardware Nintendo's new console will sport.

A number of developers spoke with Eurogamer about the hardware that will be in the final version of the Wii U retail version and here is the breakdown.

The CPU is an IBM-made CPU is made up of three Power PC cores. This is a natural fit for the Wii U has used Power PC-based CPUs in both the Gamecube and Wii as well. The clock speed of the Wii U CPU is still unknown but it supports out of order execution.

The GPU is a custom chip based on the AMD 7 series graphics processors with 32 MB eDRAM. It supports DirectX 10 and shader 4 type features but the clock speed and number of pipelines is still unknown.

The retail Wii U will have 1 GB of memory available to use which is understandably less than the 3 GB that was reported for the development kits.

All in all, it sounds about what we expected for the Wii U. It's a console that will be a little more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360 in some respects but not as powerful in others. Developers point to the more modern GPU and extra RAM as beneficial but say the CPU is could hold the console back for games that are CPU-heavy.

It sounds like bringing PS3 and Xbox 360 games over to the console will be relatively painless so it should have decent third-party support through the first year or so. The question is what will developers working on multi-platform releases for the Playstation 4 and next Xbox (aka Xbox 720) will do. Will they find ways to get their games on the Wii U or abandon it?

Nintendo has scheduled an event in New York City for September 13 where it is expected to unveil the release date, price and launch titles for the console. Current rumors point to a November 18 release date.

http://www.examiner.com/article/wii-...-by-developers
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  #51  
Old 08-31-2012, 07:55 PM
Black Nintendo Wii U Console Caught In The Wild; Release Date Sooner Than We Think?

Nintendo's Wii U console has been the main topic of the gaming world ever since the company announced its existence back at E3 2011. As of now, Nintendo is still holding its cards and hasn't revealed either its price point or when it will be released, although it's mid-November release date may have been leaked back in July. Nintendo will be holding a press conference on September 13, 2012, which we'll have front-row seats for, that will hopefully shed some light as to the questions "When?" and "How Much?".

Up until now, Nintendo has been pushing its white Nintendo Wii U console in a number of press pictures and during conventions, but the black Nintendo Wii U console has been something of a mystery. At E3 2012, Nintendo said they would be releasing only a white Wii U at its launch, with a black console coming soon after.

This week, a member of the Frag Dolls received a piece of swag that she was uber excited over and decided to show her Twitter followers what a nice piece of swag she received. The only problem is that it turns out to be a black Wii U debug unit, which we're sure Nintendo doesn't want any unofficial pictures of it being leaked out before it can make its proper announcement regarding it's availability. We're not entirely sure what will happen to the Frag Doll who received the black Wii U debut unit, but we sure are happy she decided to take a snapshot of it and post it on her Twitter profile.

As you've seen in the picture above, the Frag Doll member couldn't hold in her excitement and popped open her swag box while other people around her, which we would assume are other Frag Doll members, used their boxes holding their Wii U as a platform for their purses. One Frag Doll even has her phone planted ontop of her Wii U box. Oh, the humanity!

For now, take this recent news of the black Wii U as what it is: someone receiving a dev kit that was really excited about it and shared it on Twitter*. Hopefully we'll have some more information regarding both the black and white Wii U at Nintendo's event on September 13th.

* leaked image of the black Nintendo Wii U (Photo: @FDC_Booty_Starr)


http://www.idigitaltimes.com/article...aught-wild.htm
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  #52  
Old 09-02-2012, 09:32 AM
Burger King to Offer Wii U Toys?

The fast food chain Burger King is supposedly going to include Wii U toys with meals starting October 25th. There is a rumor that these Wii U toys will have NFC capabilities built into them so they can be used with the Wii U system. For example, the toys could be compatible with Nintendo Land and be placed on the Wii U GamePad to unlock a exclusive content.
http://thegamingpixelshow.com/burger...-october-25th/
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Coming from the latest wonderfully exquisite and flawless Pach-Attack! over at GameTrailers:

Originally Posted by HeathRichards:
Hey Pach! I work at Burger King and I noticed on October 25th we receive Wii U toys. Could this be the release date/window?

1. The amazing potential of NFC-integrated toys coming from a popular fast food chain. If this rumor is true, these burger king toys will be epic if NFC is applied. My guess is that the toys will be for Nintendo Land and kids will immediately want to see how they're used with the Wii U. It's so perfect that it's actually kind of scary. Even I fucking want these toys!

If the rumor is not true, the idea is still there. 3rd parties (Ubisoft and Rayman) could utilize this to surge-market their properties by enticing kids to play with their toys in conjunction with their videogames. The idea is so simple that I find it irresistible.

2. If this rumor is true, we can probably narrow the release window of the Wii U to late October-early November. There has already been a desire by GAF to play Zombi U at Halloween (the seemingly perfect launch for such a game), and October 29th (the sunday after the 25th) would fit the bill almost too well. Of course, Nintendo will do what it wants, but I think it would be wasting a lot of demand generated by the BK toys if the Wii U doesn't hit the market soon after the 25th.

Anyway, Rumors are rumors, but at least we can talk about the brilliance of NFC!

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=488532
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  #53  
Old 09-02-2012, 09:57 AM
Wii U November 18th Release Date = Denied

article Posted on August 28, 2012

Earlier today word spread that a gaming peripheral manufacturer at a GameStop conference said that they were releasing their Wii U accessories on November 18th. Speaking to Kotaku, PDP community manager Candace Hinton said that the firm didn’t mention a specific date, and that she’s genuinely a little baffled by the rumour.

“At this time we can’t confirm Nintendo’s dates and we don’t know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that this point.”

“We are launching accessories, but the date for the accessories doesn’t mean a confirmation on the hardware. If you seek confirmation on the date that is something that is going to need to go specifically though Nintendo, but we can’t confirm or deny dates on any of their hardware.”


http://mynintendonews.com/2012/08/28...e-date-denied/

According to a listing on Amazon.fr, Nintendo’s forthcoming console will be released in Europe on December 21st and will cost 349.99 Euros, which is equivalent to about $440 USD. The listing does mention, however, that the price will most likely change and the Wii U is expected to launch prior to Christmas. Remember – a recent rumor suggests that Wii U’s release date has been delayed to December across Europe.
http://mynintendonews.com/2012/09/01...-release-date/

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  #54  
Old 09-04-2012, 07:20 PM
The Date and Prices for all 3 Wii-Us (NEW REPORT!)

We still don't officially know when the Wii U arrives or how much it costs, but a substantial rumor emerged today concerning Video Product Distributors -- a wholesale media distribution company that works with companies such as Amazon and Newegg -- supposedly listing on its intranet three Wii U bundles along with a November 11 release date.

Video Product Distributors and Nintendo did not immediately reply to CNET's request for comment.

The purported Wii U bundles, with prices of $249, $299, and $349, came with no real description whatsoever on VPD's site. Instead, the listings contained ambiguous text such as, "WIIU SYSTEM - GM - 11/11/12 $249.99,", "WIIU SYSTEM W/ - GM - 11/11/12 $299.99," and "WIIU SYSTEM 349 W/ - GM - 11/11/12 $349.99."

The leaked information got an additional boost of sorts from a video made by someone with access to the private VPD intranet that clearly shows the Wii U product listings and price. Additionally, a screenshot shows the same Wii U listings. However, without any sort of official word, these listings could merely stand as placeholders based on speculation.

Naturally, Crave tapped CNET's gaming gurus for their input on the supposed Wii U information leak.

CNET editor Scott Stein noted he had a "strong feeling" about the bundles, and the $249 pricing "seems dead on." Meanwhile, CNET editor Jeff Bakalar believes the entry $249 bundle most likely contains the console with a bundled tablet and a copy of Nintendoland, while the further bundles may offer an additional tablet and Wii remotes. In rebuttal, CNET editor Dan Ackerman suggests that "I can't imagine adding a second controller and a Wiimote for only $50 more. N's gotta charge more like $70 or more for one of those tablets as a standalone, considering a standard wireless Xbox controller is still $50."

Our readers should keep an eye on CNET on September 13, as Nintendo plans to spill the beans at a major Wii U event in New York that should reveal more information.

So what do you think about the rumored Wii U bundles and release date? Do you think Nintendo may offer two Wii U tablets in a bundle, more Wii U nunchucks, or storage space with the higher-priced packages?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...date-revealed/

video of the VPD (National Distributor) website showing the date of the Wii-U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=ZRiAVv9Br3Q
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:18 AM
Wii U Zelda in 2014, source claims

Link's Wii U debut to be Nintendo's "most expensive game to date"; first dungeon "bigger than Hyrule Field."

The Legend Of Zelda series will be released for Wii U in 2014, a Nintendo Japan source claims, adding that Link's Wii U debut is being developed by the biggest team ever to work on a Nintendo game.

Speaking to Wii U Daily, the source - who spoke on condition of anonymity but seems reliable, having previously revealed in advance Wii U's achievement system and that Nintendo was working on a social network of sorts, which turned out to be Miiverse - claims that the game's visual style will closely resemble that of Wii swansong Skyward Sword.

"Nintendo is sticking to the core values of Zelda, while trying to appeal to a wide range of gamers, casual and hardcore [alike]," the source said. "They feel they've found the sweet spot with Skyward Sword, and they're continuing this approach with the Wii U Zelda game."

"Hundreds" of people are working on the game, which will have been in development for four years by the time it appears on shelves. Development is being led by Skyward Sword director Eiji Aonuma.

"It'll end up being the most expensive game they've made to date," the source claims. "It's a huge investment for [Nintendo] in money and manpower - this is Rockstar/GTA territory."

The source puts that claim in context by adding that the first test dungeon Nintendo produced, which was set in a forest and ran on early, buggy Wii U hardware, was "bigger than Hyrule Field in Ocarina [Of Time]… Its scope and details are unlike anything you've seen in a Zelda game."

While Miiverse will be used to let players leave hints for one another, online multiplayer was never part of Nintendo's plan; despite Wii U's greater emphasis on online functionality, it is sticking resolutely to Zelda's long-established gameplay template. The principal advances, it appears, will be visual.

"They're using a new, state of the art engine that's being built from the ground up in parallel with the game," the source claims. "It's got the most advanced visual features Nintendo has ever made, and includes a lot of thirdparty tech like Havok for physics and rendering middleware from Umbra."

It's little surprise that Nintendo is also ensuring that Zelda makes convincing and unique use of the Wii U's GamePad controller and its built-in screen. "It'll have some [revolutionary] gameplay. It has stuff that would never be possible on any console, and it's not just one cool feature, it's one cool feature after another.

"Each dungeon will offer a different gameplay experience with the tablet controller. It'll be the most innovative game ever - they've got stuff that will be copied by others for years."

Not much of this is surprising; a Zelda game on Wii U was always a given, and designing it as a showcase of the GamePad's capabilities is a continuation of a strategy Nintendo has had in place since the launch of DS in 2004.

But it's the scale that appeals the most, with a huge development team supported by some of the most respected middleware companies in the business. The prospect of dungeons of such scope and size is intriguing, and the source's claims, if true, will do much to reignite interest in Wii U after Nintendo's disappointing E3 conference.

edgemagazine.com
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:20 AM
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Link's Wii U debut to be Nintendo's "most expensive game to date"; first dungeon "bigger than Hyrule Field."

The Legend Of Zelda series will be released for Wii U in 2014, a Nintendo Japan source claims, adding that Link's Wii U debut is being developed by the biggest team ever to work on a Nintendo game
Say what? That was one of the huge draw backs to the Wii's game library was that we didn't get Skyward Sword just got released late last year. Twilight was a Game Cube game that got ported and made clunky trying to use the motion controls and is NOT a Wii Zelda game.

I don't care what anyone wants to say about Mario or any of their other franchise games Legend of Zelda is the only thing that keeps me coming back to Nintendo and now i'd have to wait almost 2 years to get the only game i'm going to be interested in? If it were up to me Nintendo wouldn't do a new system release without having a new Mario, Zelda AND Metroid title available upon release.

Well i guess the plus would be that the price of the system should have gone down by then
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:47 PM
Wii U's official Website

http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu

We'll know if the date and price that VPD gave for the Wii U are true or not on 9/13. I wanna say that the info that they leaked is 100%.

I found this today too:

Base price: $249.99
Middle price: $299.99
Premium price: $349.99
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:18 PM
Report: Nintendo’s Wii U: What it Means for the Industry

Rumor has it that on September 13 Nintendo (NTDOY) will announce November 11th as the release date for the Wii U. According to the rumors, various models will be priced at $249.99, $299.99, and $349.99. Not known yet is what consumers will get at each price-level.

Kaptall investors should know better than to trade on rumors, but there is some value in them. The growth of mobile gaming on smartphone has taken a toll on gaming. Video game sales slid again in August, according to research firm NPD Group.

Video game software sales dropped 9% year-over-year to $237.7 million. Total retail sales, which include game software, systems, and accessories, dropped 20% to $516 million. An updated release of a Nintendo console would be the first step in reversing the decline. More importantly, consumers need to wean off smartphone games for console gaming to take off again. New consoles for Microsoft’s (MSFT) X-Box, rumored for fall 2013, and Sony’s (SNE) Play Station would also help the gaming industry.

http://wire.kapitall.com/investment-...-the-industry/
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:37 PM
Nintendo Revealing Wii U Details Tomorrow @ 10am !

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:03 PM
Nintendo Unboxes Wii U and Reveals More Online Functionality

Nintendo beat their fans to the punch and delivered the first unboxing video of a Wii U on the Internet in the latest Nintendo Direct installment. Donning white gloves as if he was handling the Stanley Cup, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata carefully removes and showcases each piece of hardware that comes with the Wii U Deluxe set, one by one.
The downside to the nearly one-hour video is that it is made for Japanese audiences and there is no English translation. That's a shame as Iwata digs deep into the Wii U's online features, reveals the WaraWara Plaza and how it functions, and generally shows a lot of new nifty functionality we didn't know the Wii U and GamePad had - until now.

Some interesting features presented visually that don't require a translation are the ability to transfer virtual console games from Wii to Wii U via an SD card, and the ability to pause a game running on the GamePad, open a web browser, and surf the web to your heart's content or as long as the GamePad battery lasts. This latter feature will prove especially handy when looking for cheats for FAQs for the game your playing. Instead of running off to a computer to do a little research, you can do it right from the GamePad and seamlessly return to the paused game without missing a beat.

Nintendo of America released a truncated version of the new video that runs just over six minutes long. It focuses on the WaraWara Plaza and new Wii U Chat feature, demonstrated during the first official test with Iwata and NOA President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. It would be nice if Nintendo opened up the sandbox a little and offered a Skype app for cross-platform chat, but that would undermine their own proprietary chat software.

Be certain to watch both of the new Nintendo Wii U videos below whether you already pre-ordered a Wii U or are on the fence. It's hard to believe Wii U makes its North American debut in less than 11 days.

Nintendo Direct (11/7/12)
Video duration: 53 minutes 19 seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=uHJO7w5lbu0

Wii U WaraWara Plaza and WiiU Chat
Video Duration: 6 minutes 6 seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=PZIpfOEb_80

http://www.thehdroom.com/news/Ninten...ionality/11577
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