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November 05, 2012

Nintendo Offers 5k New Wii U Console Demos Pre-Launch

By Colleen Lynch, TMCnet Contributor

The official U.S. launch of the new Nintendo console is now less than two weeks away, and the gaming company is doing much more than teasing its customers at this point – in fact, Nintendo announced today that it is sending out 5,000 demo kiosks to various retailers so that customers can try the product before its official release.

Nintendo’s new console is called the Wii U hardware, which will replace the current Wii console on November 18. Priced at a considerable $299.99, the Japanese video game company figured some potential buyers may be unconvinced of the necessity of having the new Wii console.

Nintendo hopes this kiosk idea will help convince them.

The kiosks will be set up at retailers including Best Buy, GameStop, Target (News - Alert), Toys ‘R’ Us and Wal-Mart, all of which sell the Nintendo Wii and its games and accessories. 

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The fairly expensive console does offer some bang for its buck, with a 6.2-inch touchscreen called the ‘GamePad’ embedded in its center. Designed like a typical console joystick, the new controller allows gamers to perform a host of new gameplay mechanics, some of which may be confusing to learn at first. 

That’s where the kiosks come in. Most of the retail stations will have fully playable hardware for customers to try out to get familiar with the new features of the console, while others will have non-interactive video displays explaining the unusual device.

The interactive units will have new versions of the standard – and most popular – Nintendo Wii games, including the New Super Mario Bros. U, and Nintendo Land. Both games were specifically designed to incorporate the new features of the GamePad, but the premise of the games is familiar enough to entice hesitant buyers to try them out in-store.

With the official release on November 18, Nintendo will also offer a deluxe version of the Wii U hardware console, packaged with a copy of the new Nintendo Land game, for $349.99.

To learn more about the console and its features, click here for information and a guide. To find the retailer nearest you offering kiosk, visit

Edited by Braden Becker
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