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Wii U Launches Today In The U.S.

By Ryan Winslett 2012-11-18 12:20:50 discussion comments
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It's Wii U day! Assuming you weren't one of those people standing in line at midnight to pick up Nintendo's latest console, consider this your friendly reminder that the Wii U has officially launched in U.S. stores. But, unlike the original Wii, you might still be able to get your hands on one of the things.

Okay, to be fair, you're still going to need to get pretty dang lucky if you're hoping to find a Wii U in the wild, but with more consoles available at launch than the original Wii, a quick perusal of various message boards turns up quite a few gamers claiming that they were able to find a console of their own after driving to a few local stores. So you might want to stop reading now and get to hunting if you wanted to make gaming the Wii U a part of your holiday season.

As a reminder, the Wii U is available in a $299.99 Basic Set that offers a white console and eight gigabytes of storage and a $349.99 Deluxe Set that offers a black console, a console stand, a controller charging dock, 32 GB of storage and a copy of the Nintendo Land game.

If you're looking to get some games to go with your new console, here are a few highlights from the launch lineup: Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, SiNG PARTY, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razorís Edge, ZombieU, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, FIFA Soccer 13, and Scribblenauts Unlimited.

Apparently there's a day one patch once you boot up the Wii U, but after that bad boy gets downloaded, you'll be off to the races. While not all of the Wii U's features are active yet (Like TVii or Netflix), you can still take advantage of several of the social features, peruse and download some of the initial offerings from the virtual shop, or just get right into playing your new games.

If you manage to pick one up, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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