Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata has announced that his company’s latest home console will hit shop shelves at the end of November – a week prior to its Japanese street date. He added that retailers will shortly be announcing pricing – I’m guessing we’ll see a similar scenario to the 3DS launch, whereby retailers could set their own RRP.

Given the December 8th date announced earlier today for Japan, I had thoroughly expected the Wii U to launch in Europe around March. Nintendo have certainly put me firmly in my place! Of course, common sense dictates that NoE would want to see the machine available in the run-up to Christmas, but all too often, common sense does not prevail. It’s gratifying to see that, in this instance, it does.

A list of launch titles has also been unveiled today, as well as a number of games that will see release throughout the console’s launch period.

Launch Day Games:

  • FIFA 13
  • Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • NintendoLand
  • Rayman Legends
  • Trine 2: Directors Cut
  • Toki Tori 2
  • ZombiU

Launch Window games:

  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Darksiders 2
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Game & Wario
  • Game Party Champions
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego City: Undercover
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers 3 Ultimate
  • NBA 2K13
  • Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • SING Party
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
  • Transformers Prime
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013

Online retailers have yet to set a price for the Wii U hardware (though ShopTo have both black and white models up for £279.99, I expect this to change), with product pages simply allowing potential buyers to register their interest. I’ll update as and when pricing is announced.

Amazon have listed the Wii U Basic (white) 8GB model at £220. There is currently no price for the 32GB black model. ShopTo, meanwhile, have the basic model listed for £247.85, and the premium for £279.99., Game and Gamestation are yet to reveal pricing.

So, a new console launch is almost upon us. Who’s excited?