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Wii U out now: HMV's official midnight launch in pictures

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The Wii U's midnight launch has been captured in pictures.

More than 200 people queued to get hold of a Wii U from HMV's Oxford Street store at midnight last night, including 25-year-old Azizur 'Izzy' Rahman, who was first in line.
Sharing a tent with three friends, Rahman started queuing on Saturday, November 24. He secured the first Wii U after besting his friends at a game of Mario Kart.

Describing his week-long wait as tough but fun, Rahman said: "We all grew up playing Nintendo, which is why we didn't want to miss out on tonight's official launch, and we just thought it would be fun to try to get to the front of the queue and enjoy the experience.

"We knew that only one of us could be the very first in line, so before we arrived we had a game of Mario Kart to settle it, and I won."

He added: "It's been tough camping out in the rain and the cold, but it's been a laugh and it's also given us a chance to play loads on our 3DS handhelds and it's also given us the time to do some more games coding for our new business."

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Wii U

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Wii U promotional shots

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Available now in Europe and North America, the Wii U comes in a basic and premium edition, as well as a ZombiU bundle exclusively in Europe.

A day-one system update is needed to access its online features, including Miiverse, Wii U Chat, a dedicated Internet Browser and the Nintendo eShop.

The eShop will launch with five games, as well as two demos. To celebrate the launch of the console, Nintendo will discount a number of eShop games for a limited period of time.

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