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Nintendo Wii U Pricing

So, the inevitable has finally happened. No, no I don’t mean that it’s now raining money or Hell finally froze over.

The one thing myself and many of you out there had finally been waiting on has happened. The Japanese fun guys over at Nintendo HQ were kind enough to finally put us out of our misery. That soul-crushing, sleep-interrupting misery about the Wii U. Okay, so maybe you didn’t lose sleep over it. But nevertheless, wait no longer as I finally have the information for you.

The Nintendo Wii U will be released on November 18th in the United States, November 30th in Europe and December 8th in Japan. I’m a little disappointed about the staggered release dates, but it’s sad to say that you might be waiting for a review of the console from me- I doubt I will be able to get my hands on one until after the Christmas rush. It’ll be a treat to myself for managing to survive the Holiday season another year 😉

There will be two bundles or versions of the console. The Basic white version comes with 8GB memory, a white Wii U stylus, sensor bar and one GamePad for $299.99/£210 and the Deluxe black version comes with 32GB memory, black stylus, sensor bar, charging stand, play stand, upright stand, GamePad and if you live in NA/EU- you’ll also get Nintendo Land tossed in too. That package comes in at the slightly more expensive price of $349.99/£250.

Good news for the Europeans though, there will be a separate limited-edition bundle released that includes the Deluxe bundle and ZombiU. This has no price at this time, but speculators are placing bets for a retail price around £300. In a time of austerity, does this mean that a lot of families out there will be scrimping and saving this Christmas to buy their loved ones this new console? It’s certainly a lot more expensive than the original Wii console, which originally retailed around £180 when first released.

There is some gold at the end of the rainbow though- the old Wii Remotes can be used with the Wii U console, as well as the Nunchuks. And if you can’t afford the Deluxe version of the console, it’s been said that the 8GB will be upgradable via the addition of personal USB thumb drives and HDD. So, this is certainly a plus. Since games and downloaded content will be able to be transferred from the Wii to the Wii U- the good old faithful SD card slot will be back in action once again. (Note to self: move all games off the system to a SD card…)

I’ve got a kicker for you though. If you want another GamePad for your shiny new Wii U- it’ll set you back about $170/£100. Yikes. The new console can support up to two GamePads, and not four like the original Wii. But like I said, you can use your Wii Remotes instead. One thing I am looking forward to with the new GamePad is the deal that Nintendo is bringing back the rumble. I love to feel the rumble on a gaming pad, I love it with my XBox 360 and I miss it from the days of the GameCube. The pad will also have a built in camera and microphone for video chat. Do I smell a possible Skype interaction over the Wii U?

Sad times. The Wii U, unlike the Wii will not be compatible with that lovely library of GameCube titles you have gathering dust. Just the normal Wii titles. That means, you might have to hang tight to your old beleagued console to play amazing games like Super Mario Sunshine or Luigi’s Mansion. As I mentioned before, all content recently purchased from the Wii Store will be transferrable to your new console via the SD card. Hopefully that means we might start seeing GameCube games appearing on the store soon with the lack of support for the much-loved console.

Still interested? Oh me too! I’m not known as the Nintendo Geek round these parts for nothing 😉

Pokemon Black/White 2 Release Date!

Looking through my various Nintendo sources, I must have missed this but there is now an actual release date for Pokemon Black/White 2! No, I am not kidding!

After hearing about how many copies it has managed to move in Japan (2 million and rising!) it is going to be heading towards the UK and the US, but sadly not soon enough for my liking. I’ve seen no gameplay with my own eyes so I have no clue as to whether the game actually will be in 3D but I do await with baited breath though. Are you eager to see what the game entails? Oh me too. I have no shame. I adore Pokemon games, I’ve played every single one of them and they just seem to be coming out with new bits and pieces for the games each time. From colour graphics to updated battle mechanics and pedometers in the shape of a Pokeball- who knows what they have planned next?

Actually, according to the trailer- we can now make our very own Pokemon movies now. And go to Burbank…does this mean we go on a pilgrimage to California? Seems odd to me when the core idea about the Pokemon is ‘Gotta Get ‘Em All!’. You’ll get to battle Pokemon from every game too so we get to see the oldies again like Pikachu, Squirtle and even the oddball Psyduck. So the core idea is still there, but I’m still confused about the movie making and trip to Burbank. Well, I hope it explains itself in the game.

The release date for the US is October 7th 2012 and in the UK, the game will be released October 12th 2012. Get in line! :)

Movie Review: The Avengers

After gathering up over $200 million in the box office this weekend, I had the opportunity to catch the most highly-anticipated super hero movie ever in The Avengers. Ever since Samuel L. Jackson took on the role of Nick Fury and made his first appearance in the post-credits scene of Iron Man, we’ve all been looking forward to “The Avengers initiative”.

Starring Mr. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and directed by Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, not only is The Avengers a hugely star-studded affair, but it’s perhaps one of the best super hero movies ever released.

In The Avengers, Loki is preparing to declare war against Earth to reclaim an artifact known as the Tesseract, an item of limitless energy. Loki uses the Tesseract to arrive on Earth and prepare the planet for the arrival of his massive army of Chitauri. In response, Nick Fury begins to rally together the collection of superheroes to complete the Avengers initiative.

The movie, like many superhero stories, is full of action. Avengers, however, takes it a step further. Running a solid two and a half hours, there is barely a moments rest in the film as you follow the formation of the group and their many battles against Loki and his minions.

Even if you’re going into this movie having not seen any or many of the related films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk), you will still be able to pick up on the plot and understand the characters pretty quickly. However, seeing those other films will do you a whole lot of good and give you a bit more appreciation for what’s taking place.

Sam Jackson takes on the role of the noble yet elusive Nick Fury very well, despite being one of the few starring “non-heroes” of the story. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark with the same wit and comedic timing that made his performance in the first two movies so terriffic. As Captain America, Chris Evans is exciting but there isn’t much time to see much of Cap’s “character” come into play, so he comes off as just a bit stale but still exciting to watch in action.

Mark Ruffalo delivers on his Bruce Banner, taking over for the previous player Edward Norton. While The Hulk itself is a CGI masterwork, Ruffalo still manages to play the role of Bruce Banner with the undercurrent of anger and feeling of helplessness that is key to the role. Jeremy Renner is a bit understated in his role as Hawkeye, but the focus shifts so frequently in this movie that it’s hard to understand much of Renner’s character, but he plays the part of the super-archer very well.

Two personal standouts, in my opinion, were Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Johansson’s performance, combined with the writing of her character, goes a long way in removing the typical “emotional woman” stereotype that seems to permeate Hollywood action movies. Her character is clever, brilliant and plays a key role throughout the film and only seems to be “helpless” when face to face with a rampaging Hulk, but so was everyone else.

Hiddleston’s performance as Loki was just as impressive as it was in Thor and the character’s delivery of his powerful lines, the menacing facial features, as well as the few comedic moments here and there (including what is perhaps my favorite scene between Loki and The Hulk), he truly stands out as the villain star of the film.

When it comes down to it, The Avengers is a superhero movie like few before it. Trumped perhaps only by The Dark Knight, The Avengers is full of action and excitement, witty dialogue, stellar acting and a great story. I can’t recommend it enough.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5

And before I go, the most important thing is to remember, like all of the other Avenger-related films, be sure to stay after the credits for two terrific scenes that both wrap the movie up and hint at the sequel. Want a spoiler? Click on the link below and I’ll tell you (SPOILER ALERT!)