Nintendo has announced that it will hold a preview event in New York City on September 13 where it is expected to announce the release date and the pricing of its next-gen gaming system, Wii U.
This confirms the rumors that Wii U pre-orders will start in September. A leaked newsletter, supposedly from Best Buy, had claimed that the console will be up for pre-order in its stores at some point next month.
The event may only serve-up details for US-based fans. We expect Nintendo to hold a similar event in London also.
The company is also promising Wii U hands-on time and game demos, which will hopefully mean the confirmation of launch titles. The company held a similar event for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console last year where the release data was announced and many expect the same this time around.
The Wii U also features a new controller, called the Wii U GamePad, with an embedded touchscreen. The controller allows a player to continue playing certain games by displaying the game even when the television is switched-off. At the E3 2012 expo, a second controller, called the Pro Controller, was unveiled, which is a more traditional gamepad. It features two analog sticks.
The system will be compatible with Wii, and Wii U games can support compatibility with Wii peripherals, such as the Wii Remote Plus and the Nunchuk. It will not be compatible with Nintendo GameCube discs or peripherals, although games can be purchased and downloaded from Nintendo’s Virtual Console service.
Nintendo Wii U will be the first entry in the eighth generation of video gaming consoles. Nintendo ensures greater support for third-party games on the Wii U; during E3 2011 a handful of third-party titles were confirmed to be in development for the Wii U.