Nintendo Co. this week detailed the new WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat features to be found in the Wii U hardware.
WaraWara Plaza is a social hub that appears when the console is powered on. In the hub, the user can view other Mii characters socializing around each Wii U game. Users can view chatter surrounding the title via speech bubbles and view each profile of Mii characters around each game.
Wii U Chat is a built-in video chat program that allows owners to place face-to-face video calls via the Wii U GamePad. Users will be notified of an incoming call when the Home button flashes on the Wii U GamePad.
In addition, Nintendo will introduce a new Nintendo ID system to allow users to identify and add friends online. Up to 12 Nintendo IDs can be managed per console.
Nintendo will sell the Wii U in the U.S. Nov. 18 in two product SKUs.
The Basic Set will include the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar at $299.99.
The Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad in Black, 32GB storage, GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for the GamePad and Console, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Land at $349.99.
The Wii U is backwards compatible with most Wii games and accessories, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Wii Balance Board.