Today, on September 13, 2012, Nintendo held live streaming of their Wii U conference. We finally got the crucial launch information that we've been waiting on, Wii U’s release date and price tag. We have also learned that the Wii U will have two bundle sets. The Basic set which nets you:
– The Wii U console and GamePad
– An AC adapter for each
– A high speed HDMI cable
– And a Wii U sensor bar
That is to be expected. The Deluxe set, however, will not only be black instead of white but will feature all the previously mentioned, and the following:
– More memory for the system
– A GamePad charging cradle, which I assume to be similar to the one the Nintendo 3DS had
– Stands for the GamePad and console
– A copy of Nintendo Land
– And a deluxe digital promotion where you get a discount at their Nintendo eShop.
As you might have guessed, the Deluxe set costs more than the Basic set. Now for the information I know you’ve all been waiting for. The Wii U will be released on the following dates in their respective areas:
United States – November 18th. $299.99 for Basic. $349.99 for Deluxe.
Europe – November 30th. £210 for Basic. £250 for Deluxe.
Japan – December 8th. 26,250 yen for Basic. 31,500 for Deluxe.
Odd how even Europe is getting the Wii U before Japan. Anyway, Nintendo also showed off a new aspect of the Wii U called Nintendo TVii (Ha-ha, we get it), which is basically a subscription-free TiVo with some added features.
Nintendo also showed off some already-mentioned games, and announced previously-unmentioned Wii U exclusive title in Bayonetta 2.
Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, boldly stated that the Wii U will have the biggest game launch window in the history of Nintendo with the release of over 50 games.
Hoping you’ll fulfill that promise, Reggie. Here’s to the Wii U, folks.