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Wii U replacement GamePads will be offered at launch

Wii U replacement GamePads will be offered at launch

We already know that Nintendo isn't planning to offer standalone Wii U GamePads at launch here in the US, because the company isn't expecting to have games that support multiple GamePads available until sometime next year. That's fair enough, but that raises a pretty significant question for some gamers: what happens if the GamePad that comes packed with your Wii U gets damaged? Will you just be out of luck until Nintendo decides to start offering standalone GamePads? Thankfully, the answer to that question is "no," as Nintendo will be offering replacement GamePads for the more clumsy gamers out there.

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Wii U pre-orders going fast at most online retailers

Wii U pre-orders going fast at most online retailers

Nintendo's incoming Wii U has only been up for pre-order for a few days, but already it seems that some retailers are having issues keeping the console in stock. This is immediately reminiscent of the original Wii, which was a rare find for quite some time after release. Could the Wii U be headed for the same post-launch stock issues? That's hard to say for sure, but it certainly seems that way.

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Nintendo Wii U will feature expandable memory

Nintendo Wii U will feature expandable memory

Today, as many of you already know, the Wii U finally received pricing information and a release date. Along with those rather important details, we were also treated to a list of specs for the console. Everything seems to be solid, but there's one thing leaving consumers scratching their heads: storage, or lack thereof.

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Black Ops II Wii U details unleashed

Black Ops II Wii U details unleashed

As expected, Nintendo confirmed today that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be coming to Wii U. Gameplay obviously won't be too much different from its Xbox 360, PS3, and PC counterparts, but there are some features exclusive to the Wii U that helps this particular version standout from the crowd. Activision's Eric Hirshberg ran through these features during Nintendo's event today, with one of the most notable being that the game can be played on the Wii U GamePad's screen.

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Bayonetta 2 to be a Wii U exclusive

Bayonetta 2 to be a Wii U exclusive

Nintendo made a lot of big announcements during its Wii U event earlier today, but perhaps one of the biggest reveals was that Bayonetta 2 is coming to the console. Not only that, but Sega has opted to make it a Wii U exclusive, something that will likely come as a shock to fans. There wasn't any talk of Bayonetta 2 being a timed exclusive, and since Nintendo is publishing the game, the chances of it coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 seem pretty slim.

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Wii U launch titles revealed with Capcom, Donky Kong, and LEGO in tow

Wii U launch titles revealed with Capcom, Donky Kong, and LEGO in tow

It's time for the first big official list of Wii U games to be brought to light, and with the pricing for the USA, Europe, and Japan already set alongside a November store date, the fun can begin! Starting with such giant titles as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, LEGO and Donky Kong, it's looking like Nintendo may still have some magic under their belt. Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime seems to think so too, noting that "the new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

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Wii U pricing in Japan set at around $300

Wii U pricing in Japan set at around $300

This week Nintendo's Satoru Iwata spoke via live streaming video to the whole world straight from Japan on what the Wii U would be bringing the world - in pricing and release information form. There are two sets that have been revealed thus far, one of them being a basic set, the other bring a Premium Set, each hitting Japan on December 8. The Premium Set has been set for 31,500 yen while the Basic Set will cost you 26,250 - roughly converted, that's right around $350 and $300, but the final prices for the USA will likely be closer to $300 and $250 when all is said and done - and what's inside each package, you may ask?

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Wii U reportedly launching on November 18

Wii U reportedly launching on November 18

Even though the Wii U is supposed to launch in time for the holiday shopping season - which is quickly approaching, remember - we still don't have pricing or release date information on the console. It's widely assumed that Nintendo will spill these details during a press event in New York City on September 13, but we may have just found out the Wii U's release date a little ahead of time thanks to a slip up during a presentation from PDP at the GameStop managers' conference today. According to Kotaku, a representative from PDP, which makes gaming peripherals, said that the company's Wii U accessories will be available ahead of the console's November 18 launch.

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