Nintendo Wii U Goes on Sale in U.S. with Apps, Games and no TV

Nintendo Co. began selling the Wii U console in the U.S. amid tight supplies and delays in implementing a new TV-viewing service.

“The value of Wii U goes well beyond day one,” Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s North America president, said in a statement. “Nintendo will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new services for Wii U owners.” Photo: Nintendo Co.

A year and a half after it was first announced, the Wii U is finally here! Nintendo Co., worked hard to prove it can still succeed by marrying its hardware to exclusive software, began selling the Wii U console amid tight supplies and delays in implementing a new TV-viewing service.

The first new video-game console for U.S. homes since 2006, the Wii U initially won’t offer the Nintendo TVii service that the Kyoto, Japan-based company has touted as a centerpiece of its capabilities. The feature will be available sometime in December, the company said on Nov. 16, without being specific.

By the end of December 2012, it is expected to sell about 3.5 million Wii U consoles to consumers all over the world, compared to the 3.1 million Wii consoles that were sold over a similar sales period at the end of 2006, according to Bloomberg.

The Telegraph writes, “The value of Wii U goes well beyond day one,” Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s North America president, said in a statement. “Nintendo will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new services for Wii U owners.

The Washington Post reported, analysts have suggested the company should get out of the business of making hardware that sells for $300 or more and focus on selling popular games based on its iconic Mario and Zelda characters for play on others’ tablets and smartphones. Company executives say they won’t change course.

The IGN writes, the Wii U actually can do anything you want. From crazy GamePad features, to a boatload of new console features the Wii U has legs to stand on and deserves gamers’ attention.

Five players can compete against each other at once on the Wii U, but the advent of new services including online multiplayer gaming has led analysts to question Nintendo’s strategy.

As it’s written at Engadget.com, the whole console looks like a little box that can easily slip into home media centers. Of course, there is a stand, but in reality it will take up less space, because of lying horizontally all the time. The $300 model is getting just 8GB of internal flash memory while the $350 model gets 32GB.

The Wii U console itself, for instance, looks almost exactly like its predecessor . It’s longer (10.6 inches vs. 8.5 inches for the Wii), a bit rounder on the edges, and for the first time there’s an HDMI port out back. The Wii U is the company’s first HD system

The Wii U GamePad controller includes motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, a stylus, and support for Near Field Communication (NFC). It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds.

Nintendo TVii, controlled by a touch-screen GamePad, provides a gateway to streaming and pay-TV services through a homepage and search engine. The results are integrated so that a user looking for a specific TV show or movie using Nintendo TVii would find options ranging from an online service to a rerun on cable, the Washington Post says.

Nintendo and rival console makers Microsoft and Sony face increased competition in the game market as consumers turn to smartphones and tablets such as Apple’s iPad to play free games.

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