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Today Nintendo announced quite a bit of info for their upcoming Wii successor, the Wii U. First and foremost, they reviled a release date and price point, with the date being November 18th and the price being $299. Though if you want to pay 50 bucks more, you can upgrade to an edition that features a black Wii U, Nintendo Land, and more storage space.

Arguably the biggest unveiling was in the form of Nintendo’s video player, the Wii TVii. Nintendo describes it as an “application that will let Wii U owners in the United States and Canada find, watch and engage with their favorite video entertainment in fun new ways. Using the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii lets viewers seamlessly explore available video content from a variety of sources – including live TV, their TiVo DVR and video-on-demand services such as Netflix – all in one easy-to-use interface.” The most intriguing part to me is being able to watch my DVR”d shows, which is something I’ve always wanted from a portable device. Now I just need to know if it will work as well as I want it to, though I do have some faith in Nintendo.

“The wait is almost over — in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

To wrap it all up, Nintendo showed off their extensive launch and “launch window” lineup, which consists of a ton of titles, featuring both major franchises and original IP’s. For the record, the launch window is described as being in between November 18th and March 31st. Some of the games include “Nintendo LandNew Super Mario Bros. ULEGO® City: UndercoverBAYONETTA 2The Wonderful 101, Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, and New Super Mario Bros. U.” what are your thoughts on the Wii U? Does Nintendo already have your $300? If so, what games are catching your eye?

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