Nintendo's Wii U console is guaranteed to be in short supply this Christmas, but gamers can try out a handful of new games early at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop around the country today through interactive kiosks.
As Nintendo gears up for the November 18 launch of Wii U, Christmas shoppers from coast to coast are getting an early firsthand look and hands-on time with Nintendo’s new console. Over 5,000 interactive Wii U kiosks are at select retail stores across the United States, inviting families and consumers to discover the gaming and entertainment experiences made possible by Wii U and its touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller. With Nintendo only expected to have 1.2 million to 1.5 million consoles available this Christmas season, Wii U is guaranteed to be in short supply.
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Participating retailers that have the Wii U kiosks include Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. Depending on which type of Wii U sampling station is available at a given store location, visitors may be able to experience hands-on game play or enjoy specially created video content that highlights the console’s wide variety of available games and features. Consumers will be able to get more information about launch games like NintendoLand, New Super Mario Bros. U and Sing Party, along with ZombiU and Rayman Legends from Ubisoft, among others. To find the nearest Wii U sampling station, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/events.
Wii U and the integrated Wii U GamePad offer new experiences that change the way people play games, watch video programming and connect with family and friends. The Wii U Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $350, and includes black hardware with 32 GB of memory, a black Wii U GamePad, Nintendo Land, a console stand, a GamePad stand and a GamePad charging cradle. Consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set will also be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion and earn 10 percent back in Points on all games and content downloaded at the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U. Points can be exchanged to receive Nintendo eShop credit that can be used toward a future Wii U or Nintendo 3DS game purchase. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.
The Wii U Basic Set includes white hardware with 8 GB of memory and a white Wii U GamePad, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $300.