DEARBORN, Mich. —
I also played Rayman Legends, expected to be released in the first quarter of 2013. It's a sequel to Rayman Origins, a game I adored. If you've played it, you'll know the art style is very creative and the controls are easy to understand. Using the GamePad my companion controlled Murfy, who was able to cut through rope, stun enemies and activate mechanisms on the touchscreen to help me progress through a level. There was also a musical rhythm section that was a blast to run through.
Besides games, other features on the Wii U include Miiverse, Nintendo's social networking service allowing people to chat with others. Nintendo TVii is a free television-based service giving users access to Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and their cable network, and they can watch their favorite shows on the GamePad. While watching on the TV, you can use the controller to get information about the show and comment on it on Facebook and Twitter. The GamePad can even be used as a universal TV remote.
The Wii U will release in two packages: The basic model will cost $299.99 and the deluxe version costs $349.99. The basic model comes with 8 GB of storage, GamePad and stylus, an HDMI cable and sensor bar, while the deluxe version is bundled with Nintendo Land, a boost in storage to 32 GB, a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, and stands for the controller and console.