First UK Wii U launch event attendees get free games

The Wii U has been available in US (we use the term "available" loosely, of course) for a little under a week, but folks in Europe are still waiting for the console to arrive. The Wii U is set to launch in Europe on Friday, November 30, and if you happen to live in London, you might want to stop by the launch event Nintendo is holding at HMV's Oxford Street store. That's because if you get there early enough, you might be able to snag a couple free games.Eurogamer reports that the doors will open at 11 PM on November 29, and the first 100 Wii U purchasers in line will get two free games. These include New Super Mario Bros U and another game of your choice from a pre-determined selection of titles. If you don't manage to snag one of the first 100 spots in line, don't despair, because there will be goodies for other launch event attendees too.

For example, if you're one of the next 100 people in line, HMV and Nintendo will give you £5 off the purchase price of Wii U hardware or software. The freebie isn't nearly as good as two free games, but it's better than nothing. Finally, the first 500 people in line will be taking home goodie bag full of mysterious presents. If you're planning to pick up your Wii U and HMV's Oxford Street store, it seems your chances of leaving the store with some free extras are pretty good.

There will also be playable demos of New Super Mario Bros U, ZombiU, and Nintendo Land at the launch event, so if you're on the fence about which games to buy, you'll at least be able to check out a few while you wait for sales to start. Here's hoping that you get to take a console home with you, because if the Wii U's European launch is anything like its North American launch, the console will sell out quickly. Are you buying a Wii U at launch?