Wii U Release Date: Price May Be Twice The Production Cost, 'More Focus On Downloadable Content'
Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U, is set to be released in the 2012 holiday season. Sources close to Nintendo have said that the new gaming system’s manufacturing costs amount to $180, but the video game company may tack on a much higher price tag, according to Forget The Box. Reuters

Nintendo fans are rejoicing at the news from Ubisoft that Assassin's Creed 3 will be available on the upcoming console, Wii U, signaling an end to the years in which faithful fans of the franchise were excluded from some of the most popular video game titles.

Games like Assassin's Creed were mainly targeted at serious gamers while the Wii was largely viewed as a family friendly system. The new device was referred to as a serious player in the 'hardcore' games market by Nintendo-Gamer magazine.

Assassin's Creed 3, which takes place during the revolutionary war, has been in development for three years. The game will be in stores for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 30, 2012, causing some to speculate that the Wii U will be available around the same time.

Nintendo's new home gaming system is yet another move to revolutionize the gaming experience. While the Wii was the first system to use a motion sensor controller, The Wii U's controller will feature a 6.2 inch touch screen display inside the controller, opening up new opportunities for gaming with a dual screen experience. The second screen will serve different purposes for different games, with uses ranging from rifle scope to golf tee.

No official release date confirmed, but Nintentendo has said the system will be on the market for Christmas 2012. Two new announcements at the San Francisco Game Developer's Conference on March 7 2012, Nintendo is partnering with 3D design company Autodesk and also working with gaming-physics experts Havoc.

The new Assassin's Creed game, which is set during the American Revolution and stars a protagonist who is unsure which side to take in the battle, will also feature an online three-to-four player co-op mode. Players will explore Revolutionary settlements, ranging from the early versions of New York and Boston to uncharted forest and wilderness and kill enemies through a variety of complicated methods.

Other games to be released for the Wii U include several popular franchises that will be available on a Nintendo system for the first time, including a new Tekken fighting games, Batman: Arkham City and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. Other games for the Wii U: Darksiders 2, Lego City Stories, Ghost Recon Online, DiRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Metro: Last Light.