Wii U release date, specs, bundles and games officially announced

It would be remiss of us, despite our general Nintendo-ignoring policy, to pass on the chance to bring you the tonne of Wii U news that broke today. So here goes!

First and foremost, the Wii U will hit Europe on the 30th of November, so just in time for the Christmas rush. Currently, Nintendo have not confirmed the European pricing, but French gaming retailer Micromania are reporting that it will start at 299.99 euro for the basic version and 349.99 for the premium edition.

The difference you ask? Basic gets you 8GB of memory, the console, a gamepad, HDMI cable, but without a sensor bar in the EU. Premium comes with 32GB of memory, console, gamepad, charging cradle and stands, and of course the gamepad, as well as Nintendo Land.

The Premium bundle also comes with a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, which discounts the Nintendo games you buy online through the Wii U's new digital distribution. This subscription is, according to Nintendo themselves "a reward programme that grants points for digital purchases in Nintendo eShop. Valued at around 10% of the original Nintendo eShop price, this credit can be used against future purchases once you reach a minimum of 500 points."

And the games on launch? For Europe, these titles will include the newly exclusive Bayonetta 2, ported games such as  Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2, as well as Nintendo flagship titles New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU.

More details will no doubt emerge over the coming months, so stay tuned!