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Wii U’s gigantic power block isn’t cool

You have probably seen plenty of Nintendo Wii U unboxing videos in the past, but perhaps you haven’t seen one as good as this. Nintendo’s very own CEO Satoru Iwata has decided to do the honors himself, unboxing the Wii U premium pack for the very first time.

This isn’t an unboxing video as such, but rather an ‘unboxing ceremony’ as dubbed by the great man himself. Available from November 18, the Premium Pack will offer a lot more than what the Basic Wii U package brings you, for a higher price of $349. Although it has to be said that the list of extras are not great, Nintendo will be throwing in 32GB of internal storage, stands for the GamePad and console, a subscription to Nintendo Network and a copy of Nintendo Land.

Iwata has decided to provide a humorous, but still very professional insight into what you’ll be exactly getting with the premium console and we only wish that Sony and Microsoft do something like this when revealing their next-gen PS4 and Xbox 720 consoles – imagine an unboxing video with Kevin Butler (if he’s still available).

Apart from the fun and games from Iwata, there isn’t really too much excitement on offer here, but there is one fairly big talking point that may alarm you. You would think that one of the priorities for Nintendo, would be to reduce the size of the power pack from the Wii, to the Wii U.

However, it appears that they have done the opposite, as you’ll see in the video that the console requires a gigantic power block, which really does no favors to the overall style of the console. We’re sure we speak for many gamers in saying that a big grey power block wasn’t really supposed to be a talking point about the Wii U, and although some of you may say that it doesn’t really matter – we think it does.

If smartphones are cutting back on size and weight on each release, why can’t we see the same with Nintendo’s big power blocks? There’s even a fairly sizable second power block, which is required for the GamePad as well. Watch the video for yourself and let us know if we have got it all wrong here.

Do you have a problem with the big power block or not? We really do love this style of unboxing though – let’s hope Nintendo keeps up the tradition with new hardware releases.

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