New Wii console goes on sale

The first major UK home console launch in six years took place overnight, with Nintendo's Wii U hitting the high streets.

Wii U reviews: Fun but complicated

The Telegraph says it is "comfortable to hold," has "a real sense of fun" but has a "cumbersome" CPU and "lacks a real system seller" game.

The Guardian says its multiplayer games are "enormous fun" but the split controllers and screens are a "difficult proposition."

Gamespot likes its "exciting innovations" but isn't as keen on its "cheap hardware" and "clunky OS".

Techradar thinks it's "wonderful" to finally see Mario in HD and a "fantastic perk" to be able to play your console without a TV, but criticised the GamePad's battery life and range of available games.

Tweets suggest smaller than expected queues for Wii U

Tweets from gamers this morning suggest customers won't have to queue for long to get their hands on a Wii U:

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Out here at Gamestop in Wilton shopping centre at the head of the queue for the new Wii U. I am also the tail of the queue!

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Went to GAME in town early to get the wii U expecting a queue, or at least a group of people, but it was just me and some guy... #awks ;P

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So yeah, this was the queue for the launch of the Nintendo Wii U last night outside Oxford Street HMV http://t.co/kxGxYb0v

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Wii U goes on sale after midnight launch

Izzy Rahman
Izzy Rahman, 25, from London was first to buy the console after queuing for six days. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

The first major UK home console launch in six years took place at midnight, with Nintendo's Wii U hitting the high streets.

Close to 300 fans queued outside HMV's Oxford Street store last night in London to land the new device.

The Wii U, which features a new tablet-type GamePad controller that allows users to keep playing away from a connected television, was released in the US earlier this month.