Wii U Priced and Dated for America

Here's our obligatory post about Wii U. This morning Nintendo announced that its next console will be released on November 18, 2012 and will come in two different flavors at two dramatically different price points. The white basic Wii U will cost $299.99 and will come with a Wii U Gamepad, an AC adapter, and an HDMI cable. The black deluxe version will retail for $349.99 and will include a Wii U Gamepad, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, more internal memory, a GamePad charging cradle, stands for the gamepad and console, and a copy of the game NintendoLand. The more expensive version will also allow you to redeem points for every digital download purchased on the system.

Nintendo also announced what it calls Nintendo TVii, a free entertainment hub that combines all your favorite streaming video services, with TIVO in one place and adds additional functionality via the new controller. Ars Technica has all the dirty little details on the extra things you can do while watching video on the new controller like sampling trailers and downloading TV listing from various Internet sources. It's an interesting idea but not exactly a game changer at first blush. You can check out their excellent overview of the system and the games here.

Nintendo will launch the Wii U in Japan on December 8 at a starting price point of ¥26,250, or $337 USD. The system will launch in the United Kingdom on November 30.

Source: Ars Technica


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