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RUMOR: Nintendo Releasing Multiple Wii U Bundles At Launch

Posted on June 28, 2012 AT 02:58pm

Nintendo’s Wii U may be heavily focused on the new touch-screen tablet controller, but as noted in some of our previews, certain games will require a substantial amount of controllers for that full five-player party atmosphere.

That’s why this latest scrap of information from the Wii U rumor mill at least sounds pretty plausible, as Nintendo France executive Stephan Bole is supposedly saying that the Wii U will release in several different configurations—some with Wii Remotes, others with specific games. Since games like Nintendo Land will require an armful of controllers, that would be a smart move by Nintendo in order to capitalize on accessory sales for new adopters and upgraders.

Wii U Daily‘s Allison Wallace has the full report from French gaming site Gamekyo:

This is because some people might not be familiar with the original Wii and its accessories, since the Wii U requires Wiimotes for multiplayer gaming. He added that while there have been over 200 million Wiimotes sold globally, it’s not guaranteed that future Wii U owners had the original Wii console.

Nintendo has been rumored to include a copy of Nintendo Land with the Wii U when it launches. The company showcased a white and black Wii U during E3, but it’s unclear whether both versions will be available at launch.

Although a release date, price, and launch lineup still has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, here’s a quick list of some Wii U titles that require Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote combinations for multiplayer:

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Just Dance 4
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rabbids Land
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Concordantly, Pikmin 3 can be played with just a Wii Remote, while games like ZombiU, Project P-100, Darksiders IIAssassin’s Creed III, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition exclusively use the Wii U GamePad.

Source: Wii U Daily

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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