The Nintendo Wii U video game console released today in the USA with its asymmetrical gameplay promising to marry traditional and tablet gaming. I was one of fewer than a dozen gamers who managed to snag a console at the local GameStop, thanks to a personal tweet from the corporation informing me of the commencement of preorders back on September 12, when Reggie Fils-Aime announced the console's launch date and price. Since then, GameStop has presold 1.2 million units — more than double of the original Wii preorders six years ago, which speaks well of both the supply and demand for the system.

Here I present my unboxing of the Nintendo Wii U's deluxe model, reviewing the hardware, peripherals, and initial setup and configuration. I got both Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U — 2 of the 26 launch day titles but have not yet played either; as I lack a video capture device for HDMI consoles, I'll leave that footage to the pros.

I eventually did get the system update downloaded, upgrading my console from 1.0.1 to 2.0.0, necessary to enable SD and USB storage devices.

Did you preorder up a Nintendo Wii U? If so, share your experiences here! If not, you may need to resort to scalpers and resellers: at this moment, over 4,000 units are available on eBay for anywhere from $4,65 to $2,999.99.

4 thoughts on “Nintendo Wii U unboxing video

  1. How responsive is the gamepad controller? I was reading online that it doesn't use the latest technology that other present touchpads use.

  2. Ken Gagne

    It's resistive as opposed to capacitive, meaning it doesn't recognize multiple touch points. But it's fairly responsive. It's not meant as a main interface like on the iPad, but more as a secondary input used for selecting menu items and the like.

  3. Gamebits Can you make a video about wii u mii creator because i've got it today and i dont know how it works?

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