Iwata talks through his unboxing “ceremony” in Japanese but the English subtitles reveal a few more details about the console.
The Deluxe black package comes in a black, cardboard box with Nintendo’s signature light blue logo and writing. Meanwhile the console itself and Wii U GamePad are all finished in glossy black.
The main unit has a separate AC adapter, as does the Wii U GamePad, while the video also shows that this deluxe pack also include a charging stand for the Wii U GamePad, a couple of little stands to hold the console vertical, an HDMI cable and a beta test for the new Dragon Quest title.
Up to 12 players will be able to register user accounts on a Nintendo Wii U, so they can keep individual settings and saved games intact, along with play history and internet bookmarks. For multiplayer games, progress and victories are saved across all participating accounts.
Mii characters now hang out at the renamed Warawara plaza (the word means bustling) and when the console starts up, you’ll see what fellow gamers are doing on their Wii U.
These characters are also linked to a Nintendo Network ID, which is compatible with some previous Nintendo hardware, as well as PCs and smartphones next year. Original Wii games are transferrable to new hardware via SD card.
Nintendo also revealed that you’ll be able to pause mid-game and use the built-in internet browser without reseting the game.
There will be a game-centric social network for sharing game progress and screen grabs with other gamers. You can post notes within games for Nintendo-networked friends to see, and there’s the Wii U chat feature which can stream video and audio controlled by the GamePad’s touchscreen.
A standalone microphone accessory is also coming as an alternative to the GamePad’s built-in mic, which will appeal to karaoke fans. The accompanying Nintendo Karaoke app will reportedly contain more than 90,000 songs, with various price options for light or heavy use, though this service may be limited to Japan.
The console is released in Europe on 30 November, priced at £248 for the basic pack and £299 for the premium edition.