Nintendo’s Wii U, the first new home console in six years, has officially launched across North America. This dude, who goes by the name Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson (above), has one. In fact he was the first person in the world to buy one at the Nintendo World midnight launch event in NYC.
What about you? Did you buy one? I haven’t, at least not yet. I feel some gamer guilt not buying in at launch, but right now I just can’t justify throwing $350 at another console with a launch lineup consisting largely of games I can already play on my PS3/360/regular Wii. ZombiU’s about the only game at the moment I’m truly curious to play, and even that’s just another zombie FPS. Once games like Pikmin 3, LEGO City Undercover, The Wonderful 101, Toki Tori 2, Rayman Legends and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate start coming along later in the launch window, I’ll probably be changing my mind fast. Of course, the Wii U will be on my holiday wish list, so maybe Santa (or possibly the little elves at Nintendo PR) will have one waiting for me under the Christmas tree by the end of the year.
For anyone who doesn’t own a PS3 or 360, though, the launch lineup probably looks pretty damn awesome. In a vacuum, it certainly is just that. Third parties came through big time with plenty of blockbuster franchises to choose from, and Nintendo’s offerings of a new Mario and the introductory Nintendo Land are sure to be the go-to buys for most Wii U early adopters. The eShop sure sounds like it’s off to a quick start too with a great selection of digital downloads to check out already. Indies like Little Inferno, Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, Nano Assault Neo, Chasing Aurora and Trine 2: Director’s Cut should all be available right now, so if you bought a Wii U I sure hope it was the deluxe version with the 32GB memory.
More Wii U trailers and launch game news to come throughout the day. Feel free to share your early Wii U impressions/stories with us in the comments!