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Wii U's launch information - release date, pricing and hopefully much more - is to be announced today.

Nintendo is announcing the system's worldwide release information in a series of press conferences. Japan has already had their fill earlier today, and now it's the turn of Europe and North America.

Rumours suggest a price point of around £230 and a November or December release. We'll be liveblogging the European conference here, as well as providing details of what happens Stateside too.

> Digital Spy's ongoing coverage of the Wii U

Join us for the live blog in 30 minutes, or at 3pm BST / 9pm EST / 7am PST.

16:04Keep on checking the site for more stories, images and trailers. Until then, we bid you farewell. We're off to pre-order our console!


16:04Black Ops 2 is confirmed, alongside Bayonetta 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. NintendoLand will be available as part of the Premium package, New Super Mario Bros. Wii U is a launch title and Ubisoft plans to release a ZombiU Wii U bundle.


16:02So that's it folks, the livestream is over. What have we learnt? The Wii U will launch on November 18 in North America and November 30 in Europe. The basic bundle will cost £210, according to Gamestation, while the Premium edition will set you back £250.


16:00A nice montage to end the show. It's certainly flashier than the piece of paper we Europeans were treated to.


15:58The Wonderful 101 is coming soon by the looks of it. Reggie is bigging up the GamePad, but fails to mention how much one will cost by itself.


15:55Reggie Fils-Aime is back, and he's talking launch window, which runs from November 18 until March. More than 50 games in total, here's a taster.


15:53Splitscreen could be a thing of the past. One user can use the GamePad, while the other uses the TV screen.


15:50Taking place in Singapore, it's shown on both the GamePad and TV screen. Full HD and signature 60fps.


15:49Black Ops 2 is definitely coming to the Wii U. Activision is about to demo the game!


15:47Activision is working on a number of titles for launch, including Skylanders Giants, Wipeout 3 (not the racer), 007 Legends and Transformers Prime: The Game. Something missing, maybe?


15:43That's it for Europe, looks like Activision is about to show off Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in the States. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg is on stage now.


15:41They finished with a bit of paper showing the games available during the launch window! Not exactly jazzy, but it was a pretty long list!


15:40Monster Hunter 3 is confirmed for the Wii U, it can be played on the 3DS and Wii U. It's going to online, and will be available in March, 2013!


15:39Here's a look at what we can expect this year: Assassin's Creed 3, FIFA 13, Batman: Arkham City, Warriors Orochi, Sonic And Sega All-Stars Racing, NBA 2K13, Darksiders 2 and more


15:37Brand new and published by Nintendo exclusively for the Wii U.


15:36The Wonderful 101 is also announced, looks like a fun multiplayer title, but wait, what's this? It's only Bayonetta 2!


15:36Black Ops 2 is confirmed for the Wii U. Footage will be available after the conference, we think we heard that one right.


15:34The lead character has a number of disguises, each with their own individual actions. Chase can use his parkour skills to get across the city, or a range of vehicles, including helicopters.


15:32We're being treated to some LEGO City Undercover footage. Hilarious Dirty Harry sequence involving shots of coffee. Players are on the case of the wonderfully named Rex Fury.


15:30It looks fantastic running on the Wii U. Toki Tori is also demonstrated. It will feature a level editor, enabling users to create levels on the Wii U GamePad, which are bought to life in real-time on the screen.


15:28Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 13 are discussed, before moving on to downloadable titles. First up, Trine 2, which features exclusive content.


15:27A ZombiU Wii U bundle is also announced. We'll get more information on that soon.


15:25Players can use the spray can to leave messages for other online users...but can you trust your fellow survivors? Brilliant idea!


15:25Survival mode is confirmed, which tasks players with surviving the game with only one character. Weapon crafting is also discussed, as well as a Dark Souls-style messaging system.


15:23Now it's time for ZombiU, another Wii U launch title! We're about to see brand new footage from the Tower of London.


15:22Ancel is discussing Rayman's asymmetrical gameplay. One user will control a platform, for example, while the other controls the character. We love Rayman and can't wait for this!


15:20Satoru Shibata has handed over to Michel Ancel, who is talking about Rayman Legends, another launch title by the sounds of it.


15:19Pikmin 3 and Game and Wario are confirmed for 2013 - boo!


15:18Rookie players can tap the screen to bring up new platforms. We're too hardcore for that, of course!


15:17They're now showing off New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, which looks fantastic and will also be available at launch.


15:16The Zelda mini-game is also demonstrated. It looks a little bit like Link's Crossbow Training. It will have a time attack mode to accompany its multiplayer offerings.


15:15It's a combination of third-person shooting and piloting. One controls the airship, while the others are on ground shooting space pirates.


15:13We're now being treated to a Metroid demonstration from NintendoLand. It's very cartoony, but looks like it could be a fun multiplayer mode.


15:12NintendoLand will not be included as part of the basic bundle, but will be sold separately on launch day.


15:11Retailers will once again have the power to set the prices. We'll hit the usual suspects up after the conference to find out what they're charging. How much are you willing to pay?


15:10The Wii U will be available from November 30 in Europe! Massive news.


15:09The US bundle is priced: $299.99 for basic, $349.99 for deluxe.


15:09NintendoLand will also be part of the package. That's good news, especially after its omission in Japan.


15:08The Wii U Premium pack will also contain a Wii sensor bar, Wii Remote and reward programme.


15:07Shibata is now talking about the Premium pack, which is very much the same as its Japanese counterpart.


15:05We're getting word that the Wii U will launch on November 18 the States!


15:05The basic pack contains a white Wii U console with 8GB of storage, two adaptors, one GamePad.


15:04Phew, we're back. Satoru Shibata is now talking about the basic pack and premium pack.


15:02Satoru Shibata is joined by Satoru Iwata but we've got no audio.


14:59About to get started by the looks of things.


14:58We're hearing that Black Ops 2 has been spotted at the North American event!


14:55We'll try to keep our eyes open for North American information too, but feel free to plug the gaps by leaving comments in the space below.


14:54This is all for Japan, of course, but it will be interesting to see the similarities between launches.


14:49NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. Wii U will be available at launch, but neither will be bundled with the console.


14:49A separate Wii U GamePad will cost roughly £107, while the Pro controller is priced at roughly £40 ($60).


14:48The subscription nets users a 10% discount on all digital downloads, which is a pretty good deal considering all games will be available online.


14:47The Premium edition, which is available in black, contains a 32GB console with a docking stand and a one year subscription to the Nintendo Network.


14:46The basic bundle contains a white console with a GamePad and 8GB hard drive.


14:43The Wii U will be available in two bundles from December 8, costing £250 ($400) for the Premium bundle and £210 ($340) for the basic package.


14:41Here's a quick recap of what we learned from the Japanese conference.


14:37Here we go, counting down until 3pm when all of our Wii U questions will be answered. Let's pass the time by talking best case/worst case scenarios. What do you want to know? Will you be happy with a December 8 release and £250 price tag?

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