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Wii U preview and first impressions

Contributing writer Haven Bloome recently attended the Wii U Experience event in Seattle and got some hands on time with the Wii U and several games. Here’s his full Wii U preview, so sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee, and read on.

Recently I had the privilege of trying out the Wii U. Back in August, I was invited to the Wii U Experience Event in Seattle. I quickly signed up to go — no way was I going to miss this!

Wii U logoThe event was on September 8, a Saturday, at 6:00. I arrived shortly before it began and got in the line, which stretched outside. It advanced slowly into the building and my anticipation began to grow. A staff lady asked me for my ID to confirm I was actually registered to be at the event, after which I got a Wii U lanyard and a card that would let me send pictures and such straight to my Facebook account. Not having a Facebook account, I ignored this step and headed straight into the room with all the games.

Now let me be honest. This is exactly the type of environment I generally hate. Loud music blaring from the SiNG and Just Dance booths. Large crowds of people. Flashing and oddly-colored lights. But I was going to try the Wii U, so I could ignore everything else.

Directly ahead of me was a display with four Wii U consoles demoing Nintendo Land. There were white couches set up around one central pillar with a TV on four sides and a white Wii U beneath each of those. I didn’t pay much attention to that, because I was looking for ZombiU.

ZombiU was one of two games I actually got a chance to play. The other was New Super Mario Bros. U. I would’ve played more than those two games, but I spent over half the event waiting in line for ZombiU. It was the game I was most excited to play, and while I would’ve liked to try out more games (such as Nintendo Land and Rayman Legends), I found the wait to be worth it.

ZombiU

I found two ZombiU displays: one in a side booth specifically for the multiplayer, and one standalone display demoing the single-player campaign. I started by watching a little bit of the multiplayer. A boy and a girl were playing, the boy controlling the zombies and the girl controlling the human. I didn’t watch for very long because I wanted to try out the game for myself, but from what I gleaned, playing as the human is difficult when the zombies know what they’re doing. The zombie player ended up winning the game after biting the human player a number of times.

After this I headed over to the single-player display, which was right next to the multiplayer booth. There was quite a line to try it out — as I said, I spent over half the event waiting in this line — and it was the same couple of segments repeating over and over, so I got a pretty good feel for what to do while watching.

Zombi U previewWhen it was finally my turn to play, I gladly took the Wii U GamePad from the attendant and listened as he walked me through the controls. (I’ll discuss the GamePad itself later on.) To use a gun, you first have to hold ZL to get ready to shoot it. You aim with the right stick and fire by pressing ZR. If you press ZR without holding ZL, you do a quick push, Left 4 Dead style, which can be useful if a zombie’s about to get you and you can’t aim in time. If you hold ZR without holding ZL, your character begins to sprint—again, a useful feature in case there are too many zombies. The way you hold the GamePad makes this configuration feel very natural. Melee weapons use the same control scheme. X is the main action button; you press it to do most context-sensitive actions. And if a zombie grabs you and you have virucide, you press ZR to stick the syringe into the zombie’s neck, which appears to instantly kill it.

The Wii U touch screen is used very well. Across the top of the screen is a tab that reads “Backpack.” You swipe this tab down to open your backpack. Doing so pops the TV’s view into third-person and shows your character rifling through their backpack, along with letting you see any approaching zombies. It’s a good idea to open the backpack only when you have a safe moment. Additionally, looting a body or looking through a cabinet or chest opens up a menu on the touch screen which lets you pick what items you want to take (including, thankfully, a Take All option). You drag items from the body or container to your own backpack. In the top left corner of the Wii U screen there are two weapon slots, allowing you to quickly swap from one weapon to another…but as there are only two, you have to try and judge what you’ll use the most to have those weapons easily available. In the bottom left is a health bar. If you take too much damage from zombies hitting you, game over. The majority of the screen is used as a minimap which shows the room layout as well as any approaching zombies.

After the girls in front of me were done playing, I stepped up, listened to the attendant explain the Wii U controls, and then started to play. Now, I’m kind of terrible at playing first-person games on a controller — moving the camera with the stick doesn’t work as well as a mouse for me — so I probably looked like a noob while playing, but I didn’t care. The character’s default movement speed was a little slower than I expected, but I quickly adjusted. I started in an area outside Buckingham Palace with a man speaking to me over a radio or something. (It was a good thing subtitles were enabled, because I couldn’t hear anything in the game over the sound of the event around me.) He warned me to get out of the area as soon as possible because there were too many zombies around. I opened a chest near my starting location and acquired a crossbow. I didn’t try it out because I wanted to use the pistol and the cricket bat instead. After shooting a couple zombies with my pistol, I moved on to the other section of the demo: the hospital area.

The hospital was very dark. The only light came from my flashlight, which pointed wherever I looked, and an occasional flash of lightning. I had to use X to vault over a couple counters, to open doors, and to crawl through a ventilation shaft. The hospital wasn’t exactly swarming with zombies, though there were a decent amount. I didn’t encounter any zombie children either, even in the nursery section. There were a couple doors for which I needed a keycard, so there was a little backtracking once I obtained that, and I also had to pick the lock on one door. There was an apparently dead person slumped next to the door, but I shot him in the head just to be sure. That completed, I started to pick the lock.

ZombiU lockpickingLockpicking is fairly simple, though potentially time-consuming. Upon choosing to pick a lock, a lockpick and a set of tumblers appeared on the screen. I had to drag the lockpick slowly around each tumbler until I hit a certain location, indicated by the GamePad rumbling in my hands. Once on that location, I had to hold it there until a little meter filled up and then advance to the next tumbler. The meter filled quickly, but every second counts when there are zombies everywhere, and I’d imagine that more complicated locks would have more tumblers than the three this one had.

After wandering around the hospital a little more, I encountered the nurse, who you’ve probably seen in one of the Wii U trailers. She attacked me out of nowhere, which would have been much scarier had I been home alone in a dark house instead of surrounded by people and lights. She hit me instead of biting me. I whirled around and shot her a couple of times before she vanished. She reappeared behind me and beat me to death before I could shoot her any more.

So ended my time playing ZombiU on the Wii U. I played for a little less than ten minutes before dying, and if that’s a typical rate, I hope Ubisoft has a lot of potential characters to play as. Overall, I really enjoyed what I played. I didn’t get a chance to use the scanner — I think you use it on the nurse if you beat her — but from what I played, Ubisoft has done a wonderful job incorporating Wii U GamePad’s many features into this game. I can’t wait to play it in its proper environment: alone in a dark house.

New Super Mario Bros. U

After playing ZombiU, I moved on to New Super Mario Bros. U. The Wii U attendant there rounded up three other players and asked us if we were hardcore gamers. The consensus was that we were, so he said he was going to do his best with the GamePad to make it hard for us to win the level. He was quite successful in this goal, placing platforms in places that made it difficult or impossible to make certain jumps. He did manage to prevent us from winning. Aside from the creation of random platforms, the game played pretty much the same as New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Mario Wii UThe second time around I got to use the GamePad. It was more useful than I expected it to be. The screen shows exactly what’s happening on the TV, allowing you to place platforms with precision. The platforms are fairly small, probably just long enough for all four people to stand on them, if not shorter. They start to fade when someone stands on them, making them useful for recoveries but not a place to camp and shoot fireballs or anything like that. They also break if hit from beneath, meaning an accidental placement can be undone. Sadly, I didn’t think to check if the person with the GamePad can manually remove them.

Platforms aren’t the only thing the GamePad is useful for, though. While experimenting, I discovered that tapping on enemies affects them. Koopas on the ground retreat into their shells, while flying ones lose their wings. Goombas do a little hop backwards, which could potentially be used to save a player from damage or death. And powerups sliding across the ground will hop when tapped, although, from what I observed, not high enough to place a platform underneath. All things considered, the GamePad can be used pretty much equally to help or to hinder. I will say it certainly makes landing on the top of the flagpole easier, though.

Unlike the attendant, I decided to help my four co-players. It was a different set of people, most of whom weren’t quite as good as the group I’d been playing with, so I felt like they actually benefited from my assistance. I managed to save them from falling into pits a couple of times by placing platforms underneath them as they fell, which I felt proud about.

The New Super Mario Bros. series has never been my favorite set of Mario games, mainly because of the physics, but I did really enjoy the Wii one with friends. New Super Mario Bros. U looks to replicate NSMB Wii in terms of co-op, and I think it will be successful in doing so. I’ll probably pick it up at some point, because I definitely had fun playing it.

Nintendo Land

Nintendo LandWhile ZombiU and NSMBU were the only two games I had the chance to play, I did watch a little bit of Nintendo Land as well. I stood behind one of the couches and watched three people play Zelda: Battle Quest. It looked like a lot of fun. Two people use Wii Remotes as swords while the third person uses the GamePad as a bow. The characters looked to be Miis with different colors of Link outfits on. I paid more attention to the GamePad player than the Wii Remote players, so I don’t know how accurate the sword slashes are or if Wii Motion Plus is incorporated. The player using the Wii U GamePad aims by moving it around and flicks it down to reload arrows. The Wii U game is split into four screens: one for each player and a fourth where health is shown. From what I could tell, the players shared a health meter. I watched them progress through a level, fighting enemies. Eventually they encountered a boss, which looked like a big Moblin, but it struck one of the sword players down, so I didn’t get to see the end of the game.

The Wii U

Now I’ll finally discuss the Wii U console itself. I don’t know any hardware specs, so I’ll just talk about the exterior and the controller. The console didn’t appear to be too much bigger than the Wii, though I didn’t actually have it with me to compare them, of course. It’s much rounder than the Wii and just generally looks smoother. They were all in cases, so I couldn’t really do a full inspection, but I can give you details on the controller…

Wii U GamePad controller impressions

Upon holding it for the first time, I found it to be extremely comfortable and it fit very naturally into my hands. It is, of course, big, but it’s not as big as you might expect. The weight felt perfect to me. Judging by its size you might think it’s heavy, but it’s really not. The two sticks are quite easy to reach and feel smooth and precise. The X button is directly below the right analog stick, which will probably make it the primary action button for first-person games. It has two ridges along the back where you hold the controller, and the ZL and ZR buttons are right at your fingertips. The L and R buttons are up in the back of the controller, closer to the sticks than ZL and ZR, but I found them quite easy to reach as well. The Wii U stylus is on the back right of the controller. The + and – buttons are on the right side of the controller, and the Power and TV buttons were under the screen on the right side.

Wii U controllerThe screen is… well, big. But that’s definitely a good thing. It never felt cramped. The only real downside I can see would be reaching things in the middle, but that’s not that big a problem, since I think most items on the screen will be close to the edge unless they’re deliberately meant to interrupt the action anyway, such as with the backpack in ZombiU. And the actual display on the screen was very nice. In New Super Mario Bros. U, the Wii U touch screen displayed exactly what was happening on the TV with no latency — and looked good doing so. It really just looked like a miniature version of the game.

Using the GamePad was quite easy. It took just a second of readjustment to get used to reaching down for buttons instead of up, but once I did it was smooth. It didn’t really feel any different from any other controller, even though my hands were further apart—it certainly wasn’t as big an adjustment as the Wii Remote. It was just comfortable and intuitive. And even when I was using it one-handed in New Super Mario Bros. U, it wasn’t heavy or difficult to hold. It felt exactly right in my hands. All in all, Nintendo has once again made a spectacular controller with the Wii U.

Conclusion

Once the Wii U preview event was over, we all gathered around the door for quick questions and then a short trivia session where they handed out prizes for knowing things about Nintendo. I won a cute little Koopa figurine because I knew the meaning of “Nintendo.” (It means “Leave luck to heaven” for those of you who don’t know.) As we left the building, we were each given a high-five and a tasty cake pop shaped like a red mushroom. I took the bus home feeling more excited than ever before that a new Nintendo console would soon be sitting in my living room.

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  • Nintedward

    Thank’s for the suggested cup of tea !!! I am going to make one right now .

    Nice Article !

    • DK

      don’t forget to wear a monocle and top hat!

      • Nintedward

        I am English , i drink 5 cups of tea a day……………………………..

        • NintendoGator

          You from england…? I need a gamer buddy to stay with while I’m on vacation in england? Whats the chances of that happening??

          • DK

            It should be safe to stay with him if you have harpoons.

          • Nintedward

            Slim to none . No offence .

            Travel lodge is £29.99 per night , bead and breakfast.

          • NintendoGator

            So your saying I have a slim chance….YES!!!
            Thats better than a straight out “no”

          • AKA-Link77

            WOAH! FLAME WAR BELOW!

          • AKA-Link77

            And Eddy (nintedward)… u R ruining yr reputation even more! . . .
            Now wen u post a comment ppl will jus’ thumbs down even if its completly neutral.
            : /

          • some gUy

            Grab a cup of tea for the flame war that comes next.

        • Herox95

          5 cups of pee?

    • Raul

      Dude, your really posting ridiculous stuff and generally annoying people on this site. Stop :/

      • Walt

        @Raul how? No one else has made a statement regarding him being annoying… Criticizer you shall PERISH, by Link’s sword!

        • Walt

          Oh yea thumbs down on my comment… Why because it’s the truth. The human species is a arrogant one, to an essential.

          • DK

            Aconcernedreader
            September 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm
            stop posting, you look like a retard in every article
            Highly rated 41 14

      • Mac

        ??? i dont see anything ridiculous

      • Opheodrys

        @ Raul
        He was complementing the article! I don’t understand what the problem is.

        • Raul

          He’s been called out on it before with someone saying “You sound look like a retard on every article”. That comment got about 14 likes and 0 dislikes. Everytime Nintedward posts something, the ratio of likes to dislikes is about to 5. He just said, “I am English, I drink 5 cups of tea a day…………………..”
          It is just awkward, weird, and lastly irrelevant. It annoys plenty of people including me.

          • Slender

            Well it doesn’t annoy me, though. Because I am mindless…

          • Nintedward

            Raul , stfu . look at this irrelivant stink you have caused on the internet .

            you know that hairdryer near the bath ???? dip it .

          • Nintedward

            Ive been called out before with 150 votes for a perfectly logical comment.

            So please …………

          • Drew

            Honestly I don’t see what is so ridiculous about his comment.

        • Mark

          We have no Wii. It’s tragic.I have, hoeewvr, seen it in action and I don’t get it. For me, the whole appeal of video games (or anything connected to the tv) is that it’s sedentary. I want my ass on the couch, immovable, and Wii has destroyed the paradigm.By the way, we frequently play real tennis. Boob sweat is not a problem for me, but ass sweat? Lordy, lordy that’s a dreadful thing.

      • Nintedward

        Didn’t realise this was your site , Meg………

        Listen you ASS hole , he said ”so sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee, and read on.” As a citizen of Manchester England , i found this amusing and I litteraly went and made a cup of tea.

        sorry you have no sense of Humour , DICK!!

        then i said ”Nice Article” which it was , You are the one attention seaking by responding to my normal comment in such a butthurt and absurd way.

        IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT , DOWNVOAT IT . IF THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER.

        • Roont

          Poor Nintedward, I thought you were a bit of a simpleton tbh, but you don’t deserve all the hate, stay strong.

        • wii u fan forever

          ALL NINTENDWARD SAID WAS THAT HED SIT DOWN AND HAVE A CUP OF TEA BECAUSE THE ARTICLE SAID SIT BACK AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE ARTICLE! People always turn things to the worst. Dont like it? Dont read! Replying back like that isnt going to change him. The person you should be fisliking more is Sony Fanboy Lover or watever his name is. THATS the troll.

        • WII U AWESOME

          Man your awesome. You will always have a few haters in this world keep up the awesome work and heck i’ll share some tea with you bro and id love to visit england some time i am half english

      • Nintedward

        I am ashamed of the human race to discover someone so butthurt as yourself actualy exist’s . He made a ‘Tea reference’ I lol’d , then I said nice article .

        You know that bridge near your house ???? walk off it

        • DK

          you see, this is probably one of the reasons why you have no friends in real life – you’re an annoying dick.
          Heres some steps on how to resolve this:
          1. Stop posting here, nobody likes you
          2. If you have the gall to tell someone to jump off a bridge, you should be doing it yourself for being a terrible human being
          3. Look in the mirror, if you like what you see you should probably head to a mental institute.

          • Walt

            @DK Who are you to tell him they are a terrible human being? You can call someone a bad person, but once you call them a terrible human being, you have stepped out of place.

          • Nintedward

            All of that flew right past me , lol . I have too many friend’s , they are all a load of pot smoking Ass holes!!!

          • DK

            @DK Who are you to tell him they are a terrible human being? You can call someone a bad person, but once you call them a terrible human being, you have stepped out of place.
            ——————————————
            I can agree, but it makes me pretty angry when someone tells someone else to commit suicide

          • jcb411abuser

            whao, you are such a loser, who the hell cares, down voting comments you don’t like is the stupidest and most ignorant thing i’ve ever seen on the net, if you don’t like a comment move on with your life. your mother never teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then just say nothing at all??

            this shit reminds me of those Egyptians who got offended cause someone made a video insulting muhammad, no need to kill anyone just because someone isn’t exactly like you and has a different opinion, just move on.

          • jcb411abuser

            and yes i get how my comment is now a contradiction, just fed up watching this guy getting put down for nothing.

          • Death

            The human race is corrupt… just saiyan.

          • WII U AWESOME

            Jump off a bridge dude and thanks

          • DickK

            Hey DK, STFU.

            1. Stop posting here, you are a ghost and you have no friends for REAL.

            2. You look like a total retard who is thinking that NintendWard is gay or something.

            3. You should have some manners,

            4. I do not like the way you are speaking.

            5. Go away, or stay and like the Big N, nobody needs a lousy argument.

        • Lusunup

          Nintedward?? you mad Bro?? :D Chill the fuck out guys. But seriously it doesn’t matter about the likes you get, is it face book? Youtube? whats the whole point of them i honestly don’t get it.And Nintedward how and why do you use peoples names? Seems creepy if you ask me XD just stuck with users names.

          • goginho

            exactly, and just for the heck of it, I’m gonna give this comment a meaningless thumbs down. Look at what this article turned us into ..MONSTERS I tell you!!

        • Drew

          I honestly thought this was a WII U site and not a drama site.

    • Lord Carlisle

      Nintendward, all this hate you’re getting comes from the fact that you post about 10 comments an article. Just post one, two, three MAX and you’ll be fine.

      • Nintedward

        Thank you Lord carlisle , your knowledge shall see me through.

        • Lord Carlisle

          I hope you’re not being sarcastic, because if you are, you fully deserve these dislikes.

          • DK

            How is he not sarcastic?
            ‘your knowledge shall see me through’ screams sarcastic

          • Nintedward

            That wasn’t sarcasm . Somebody told me the other day , sarcasm is impossible to read through the internet. even though it isn’t .

            No honestly , i will comment less for the sake of people like yourself . But there is a terrific amount of butt hurt A holes on this site . It’s hilarious……

          • NintendoGator

            “Sarcasm is the recourse of the weak minded”
            Dr. Zachary Smith (Lost in space)

    • rafael

      I think that you made a few badly written coments and people got a little annoyed, and so the started to dislike even when you made resonable coments…i think you should just focus on making well written coments and not answer agressively to other people criticizing you, otherwise you will always cause some disturbance, what will be unpleasent to you and to other…give them time that they will eventually stop to hit so many dislikes to your coments.

      Have a nice tea, but im a coffe man myself.

      • Nintedward

        Very reasonable , I agree !!!. It’s usualy when i get high that I make stupid illiterate comment’s . For this I appolagise .

        Don’t mean to cause anyone any grief , from now on I will make rational opinion based comment’s……

        Your’s sincereley

        An ass.

        • Opheodrys

          You shouldn’t have to apologize, Nintedward. You’re just expressing your enthusiasm for the Wii U like the rest of us. You should comment as often as you like. Nobody has to read yours if they don’t wish to. Most of us will, though.
          Cheers

        • Nintendonoob

          GUYS!!! WTF!! If you dont want to be insulted in real life or in a article dont be a bitch!! Nintendward…. Dont listen to them they just wanna look cool and sound awesome in real life when really they are just lowlifes who live to insult people. If you listen to this one rule “forgive and forget” you will get far in life. Nintendward… Do not care on the thumbs they give you ok? At least your not banned on this site like Loki. Just put your opinion down and be happy! I mean the Wii U is coming out!! If I was the most hated person in the world… I wont care. At least I get the Wii U!! Oh and Nintendward haters… Nobody loves you if all you do is insult a person you hate STFU about all this crap… Nintendward seems awesome so yeah…
          NOOB OUT!!!!

          • DK has multiple user names downvoating things 10 times.

            Well said sir . well said ;) .

            Seriously though , I am going to shut up now and comment less often XD .

            I thought it was funny how people escalated all the way to this!!!!!!!!

            but joke is over now , my body is ready for U!!!!!

  • Walt

    September 14th Hasn’t come yet… Just saying not trolling.

    • Wii U Daily

      Our bad, the correct date was Sep 8. Thanks!

      • Pure Water

        so you went forward in time to go to the thing?
        WHY DON’T YOU GO TO THE RELEASE DATE OF THE WII U AND BRING A BUNCH FOR US?

        • Yeah suuuuuuuure.

          Lol.

    • EvanescentHero

      Oh whoops! I don’t know what I was thinking. O_o

  • Nintedward

    ”Now let me be honest. This is exactly the type of environment I generally hate. Loud music blaring from the SiNG and Just Dance booths. Large crowds of people. Flashing and oddly-colored lights. But I was going to try the Wii U, so I could ignore everything else.” – I really like this guy!!!

    • Raul and DK rolled up into a fajita

      Get a life ass hole !!! your grammars bad and your mother smells!!!

      • DK

        you should throw in acocernedreader also, cause that was me.

        • DK has multiple user names downvoating things 10 times.

          Shit up , meg….

  • Dmonkeyman

    I never knew Nintendo meant ”leave luck to heaven”

    • Nintendonoob

      Everyone knows Nintendo means a company that is so awesome. people had heart attacks of the awesomeness they had… Oh and Nintendo also means Supreme Ruler of Gaming and Sony and Microsoft killer.
      NOOB OUT!!!

    • revolution5268

      yup, i wish i was there i would have won a koopa figure too.

  • JumpMan

    wow! sounds like all the WUEE’s were exactly the same… or i just imagined it as the ATL one :3

    • some gUy

      why downvote?

  • Nintendude

    Can you show us the Koopa figurine? :D

    • EvanescentHero

      Heh, I’ll try and take a picture of it.

    • revolution5268

      it would been cool if they give them an non-specific action figure.

  • Freeman

    Awesome article, read every word. Give us more!

    Also, can’t wait till the Wii U is in my living room as well.

    • EvanescentHero

      I’d love to give you more, but that is sadly all the info I have…

  • Walt

    I’m only a child, so I’m not going to be buying a wii u, BUT MY MOM IS… All I can afford is maybe 1 or 2 games right now, it’s a start lawl.

    • afro ninja

      Me too

    • Orelly?

      A 2 year old?

  • Swic11

    This is a great article simply because it’s from an actual fan rather than someone doing their job. I’m dying for tomorrow to come, hurry up time!

    • EvanescentHero

      I’m waking up early tomorrow to watch it. =D

  • totesawks

    seriously…. all I want to know is, is it more powerful than current gen thats bloody 7 years old

    • Tubba Blubba

      Dude… Really? They’ve confirmed that so many different times. It is more powerful than the current gen

    • 007 1/2

      it is

    • revolution5268

      YES!!!
      pay attention.

  • TheUNation

    Thank you for sharing the EXCLUSIVE news, Wii U Daily! While I’m on low expectations mode, I’m looking forward purchasing the Wii U, games, and peripherals… and watching movies and shows on Netflix!

  • Mick

    Great article! More like this please. Thanks. Felt like I was at the event

  • Paul

    good article but like myself im more excited about the wii u price firstly and then maybe blackops 2 and release date as i dont mind if it comes out in december for us brits

  • Dr. Device

    Whyyyy? So much reading, here we go…
    -gets a cup of tea and top hat-
    Like a sir

  • Tubba Blubba

    Great article! I wish I lived closer to where the wii u experiences have been. I would have really liked to try it out for myself. But, I’ll have to settle for someone else’s opinion on it

    • EvanescentHero

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • pikapower0000

    A Koopa figurine? I WANT IT. I’ve actually made mushroom cake pops using this recipe.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGriDH5JC7Y

    • EvanescentHero

      You can’t have it. =P

    • Edgar

      Thanks for the interest Jason. Next year if you’re atetnding the UofC you’re definitely welcome to come join our squad. Season starts the first week of classes every Fall semester.

  • Castamere

    One important thing that I noticed with the Wii U console itself is that’s it’s actually quite longer than the Wii. It’s pretty much the same size in every other aspect, but maybe two inches longer.

    • pikapower0000

      Maybe the discs are actually larger or something?

    • Kyron

      It needs space for all that powerful technology packed in it.

  • Mida

    Still have a question! Is the ZL ZR analog like the gamecube or do they just click?

    • The Detonator

      they are not analog they are digital. they click. that is what people re saying but until Nintendo says so it is all rumors

      • EvanescentHero

        They do in fact click. I’m sorry if that’s disappointing, but I don’t personally care that much… *shrugs*

        • Mida

          Bummer… Analog is way better allows far more flexible gameplay. (water flow in Mario Sunshine, Vacuum/elemental powers in Luigi’s Mansion… Etc)

  • jimmy

    i recently made a down payment for the wii u at my local game store here in sydney. the guy at the counter told me i was the 13th person in 2 hours to do so. i have NEVER layed down cash on an unproven piece of hardware in my life, such is my excitement for this new console. i will most definately be playing this by christmas.
    its nice to see Wii U Daily post positive news regarding a fantastic piece of hardware. most other sites have so far trashed this console with the guise of pretending to be impartial to either its design or technical power. most other sites are run by trolling 25-35 year old cyber geek FSP fanboys posing as industry know it alls.
    thank god for Nintendo, i will always respect what you do.

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the info Wii U daily.A+ It has gotten me even more psyched for the Press Event tomorrow.

  • Yamiryuu Zero

    Great, I was already anxious, but now I’m even more! It’s your fault if I have a heart attack here!
    I can’t wait to get my hands on the Wii U. I wish those kind of events would occur in Brasil as well -_-

    • EvanescentHero

      I don’t have the money to cover your medical bills, so I’m very sorry if you have a heart attack. =P

  • Dmonkeyman

    13 people making a down-payment in 2 hours so about 6 per hour which means 144 people a day so if this rate keeps up in Sydney there will have been 8,640 people making a down-payment for the Wii u

  • MICJAM

    Nintedward your comments are not annoying. I’m English and I love tea :) Can’t stand Earl Gray though that tastes like perfume lol. I really can’t wait for the announcement of the Wii U tomorrow :)

  • NintendGo

    you guys should really watch your comments. I mean wasnt there a rules and guidlines for comment like 3 weeks ago?! just saying you might get banned

  • Derek

    loved this, thank you Wii U Daily. i love that you talked about the controls and that you’re a fan and not someone trying to advertise and push this. sounds awesome. been a fan since 64 even though i was 4 or 5 but i continue to love nintendo consoles and games. so stoked.

    • EvanescentHero

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked my article.

  • Bosmur

    Do you know what sucks, it the 13 today, I won’t find out stuff till tomorrow because I live in NZ

  • Wii U Gamer#19

    Man’ i have school, so i won’t be to watch the preview :(

    But, at least i can watch it on youtube either later today, or tomarrow :)

  • Madmagican

    Thanks for the more-or-less indepth Wii U review; this really gave me a good perspective on how smooth controls and gameplay are *sigh* just a few months left til release day

  • BarrelRoll

    I cant wait to get the WiiU, I feel like a giddy kid at christmas. ZombieU is sounding awesome i’m glad i pre-ordered the ZombieU premium pack.

    With the Pro Controrer!!!

  • wii u sing

    It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • i love the wii so im gunna love the wii u more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CanadianWiinis

    Hey Nintedward, my mum is from Manchester cheers mate!

  • TheMan

    Why is Nintendward getting so massive thumbs down? He´s not spouting more useless or stupid phrases than most of the rest.

  • WII U AWESOME

    WII U is awesome and lucifer time for you to get banned on this site

  • ineedawiiuNOW

    thx now i know i want the wii u. and at $350 hell yeah

  • NintendoLover

    I can’t wait for the Wii U! It looks freaking AWESOME! I LOVE IT! I pre-ordered the deluxe black one already! I CAN’T WAIT! 41 DAYS! DAMN SCHOOL IS MAKING IT SO MUCH LONGER!

  • Pikmaster

    Conclusion- Get a WiiU.

  • srpg2ishere

    Will someone please preorder me a wii u?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      got ya covered

  • jerm949

    i played the wii u it’s super awesome

  • Andrew H.

    Dear foreign people, I would kindly like to request that you shut up about the special wii u packs you’re getting.
    Yours truly, All Americans who won’t have these available

  • verymetal

    Looking forward to the launch!