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Nintendo's Wii U, successor to the home hit Wii, is launching Nov. 18 in North America and will do so alongside a roster of 23 titles, including Disney Epic Mickey 2, Nintendo Land, Just Dance 4, ZombiU and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Of the console's unique titles, both Nintendo Land and ZombiU have generated a good bit of interest.
In Nintendo Land's case, analysts ask themselves whether it can have the same immediate word-of-mouth impact as Wii Sports did for the Wii U.
As for ZombiU, Ubisoft's presentations have made it look very attractive for those who want an accessible, intruguing and immersive test of zombie survival skills, with hints of The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, and PC hit Day Z about it.
Another ten titles have been listed for November, such as Madden NFL 13, established iOS craze Toki Tori 2, and the lush Trine 2: Director's Cut.
Should Nintendo follow a North American preference for Tuesday releases, that means the selection should emerge on Tuesday, Nov. 20, or, more likely in that it gives the first tranche a bit of breathing space, Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Hectic celebration of chip tune and platforming skill Runner2 debuts January, and a further nineteen fall into Nintendo's 'launch window' category, and that period lasts until March 31, 2013.
Those four and a half months contain plenty of names exclusive to the Nintendo family.
There are potential gems such as Game & Wario's party madness, Lego City: Undercover's cop drama (also on 3DS), own brand workout title Wii Fit U, and The Wonderful 101, which has already gained something of a cult following thanks to the reputaiton of its development studio, as well as titles already available for or coming to other systems -- 007 Legends, Mass Effect 3, and NBA 2K13 among them.
The Wii U launches in European and Australasian regions from Nov. 30, and in Japan on Dec. 8. Two bundles will be made available: a white Basic version ($299 AUD / €299 / £249) with a GamePad and sensor bar, and a black Deluxe edition ($349 AUD / €349 / £299) that includes Nintendo Land plus a Nintendo Network Premium sub, 32 GB instead of 8 GB storage, and a set of controller and console stands; a ZombiU Premium bundle packs in the additional game for not much extra spending.