On November 23, 2012, Black Friday, Nintendo and Old Navy are teaming up for a special promotion for the Wii U. Visitors that line up early and purchase $40 worth of merchandise will be given a chance to receive a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Consumers may also receive a special game card in-store for a chance to win one of 1,000 Wii U systems. Pretty neat if you plan on going to Old Navy for Black Friday.
There will be a midnight launch event at Nintendo World Store in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday November 17th and going on all the way up to the Wii U’s launch at midnight. Reggie Fils-Aime will be there to welcome customers and present the first customer with a Wii U.
From the Japanese Nintendo Direct, and North American video shortly after it, we received new details on the online functionality of the Wii U and its requirements:
- For functionality such as Miiverse, Wii U Video Chat, being able to play Wii games, and the eShop; you will have to download the day 1 update for the console.
- Friend codes are now a thing of the past and the Wii U will feature an account system. You will be able to create 12 accounts per console.
- Any game downloaded to the Wii U console will be available in all other accounts assigned to that console, and users will not be required to purchase the software again.
The community & communication manager at Crystal Dynamics, Meagan Marie, said that:
Tomb Raider is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. No Wii U at this time!
This means we can pretty much rule out this game as the Square Enix title to be ported to the Wii U, but it could be done later.
A post on NeoGaf claims that Straight Right, the developer porting Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U, are also working a on a Square Enix game to port for early next year. There is no confirmation on what the game might be, or if a port is even happening.
Martin Pichmair, the mind behind the indie game Chasing Aurora, expressed Nintendo’s increased support to indie developers from Wii to Wii U in a recent interview
I can not talk about the new eShop in detail. What I do know is that Nintendo is doing everything to make this console much more open, social and indie-friendly than the Wii ever was.