Wii U: The ultimate launch guide

CVG consolidates every last detail: Launch games, hardware specs, online features and more



The Essentials

  • Wii U release dates
  • Wii U prices
  • Basic or Deluxe?
  • Wii U boxed contents
  • ZombiU bundle

The Console

  • Hardware unit spec
  • Internal hardware spec
  • Storage
  • Disc media
  • Backwards compatibility - games and peripherals

The GamePad

  • GamePad unit spec
  • Controls
  • Touch Screen
  • Extra features
  • How far away can the Wii U GamePad controller be from the console?
  • The magic of Near Field Communication tech
  • Control TV sets with the Infrared Transceiver

Additional controllers, accessories and multiplayer

  • Wii U Pro Controller
  • Wii Remote
  • Wii U Headset
  • Wii Classic Controller
  • Wii Balance Board
  • Wii Speak
  • GameCube Controller
  • Multiplayer compatibility
  • Simultaneous GamePad use

Wii U Games

  • Launch day games
  • Launch day downloadable games
  • Launch window games
  • Future games

Wii U Online

  • Nintendo Network
  • Miiverse
  • eShop
  • Wii U Chat
  • Other network services
  • Virtual Console and WiiWare
  • TVii


Everything you need to know about the Wii U's launch packages


Wii U release dates

UK release date:
Nov 30
US release date:
Nov 18
AUS release date:
Nov 30

Wii U prices

Basic model price


Deluxe model price



Basic or Deluxe?

The basic model comes in white and carries 8GB of storage, of which about 3GB is reserved for the player.

The deluxe model carries 32GB of storage, comes in black, and bundles in a GamePad charger, a GamePad stand, as well as console stand feet.

Europe and US versions of the deluxe model also come with a free copy of Nintendo Land, as well as an original Wii sensor bar.

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Wii U boxed contents


  • 1 x Wii U console
  • 1 x Wii U GamePad
  • 1 x AC adapter
  • 1 x GamePad charging AC adapter
  • 1 x HDMI cable
  • 1 x Wii sensor bar (Europe and US only)

Deluxe model extras:

  • 1 x Wii U GamePad charger
  • 1 x Wii U GamePad stand
  • 1 x Wii U console stand feet
  • 1 x Free copy of Nintendo Land (Europe and US only)


ZombiU bundle (Europe only)

Starts at £330

Same as the US and EU version of the Deluxe model, except:

  • Nintendo Land removed from bundle
  • Ubisoft's ZombiU added in
  • 1 x Wii U pro controller added in
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