Wii U picks up pace ahead of US launch

Pre-orders for the Wii U have been high ahead of the console´s US launch this weekend

Nintendo's Wii U has picked up strong pre-orders ahead of its US release this weekend. The console, a follow up to the highly successful original Wii, goes on general sale across the pond on Sunday, before being released in the UK and the rest of Europe on November 30.

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Some US electronics firms have reported that the Wii U units made available for pre-order online have sold out, with would-be buyers being told to try their luck in-store on the day.

Nintendo will be hoping its latest console is able to benefit from the fact its predecessor was able to lure "casual gamers" with its motion-sensing controls.

The Japanese gaming giants are also kicking off their new venture in style, with a Wii U event being planned at Nintendo World in New York on Saturday night, before the game goes on sale at midnight.

Using "asymmetrical play", the Wii U gives gamers the chance to experience different in-game perspectives and roles than they would with traditional controllers.

This innovation seems to have created genuine excitement among both developers and consumers.
"The Wii U is exactly what the game industry needs right now," said Tony Key, vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft.

"Consumers are looking for a fresh experience and to have fun, and this is our chance to deliver."

When the Wii U hits shelves in the UK later this month, gamers will have a host of impressive titles to choose from, including Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Fifa 13 and New Super Mario Bros U.  
Nintendo believes it will be able to sell 5.5 million Wii U units by the end of the financial year.