Nintendo Wii U Pricing, Launch Date Announced

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Overnight, Nintendo let out that the Wii would be arriving in Japan for the equivalent of $337. This morning, they told the world it would hit the US on November 18th for $299.

That’s for the basic package, which includes a Nintendo Wii U, Wii U gamepad, HDMI cable (finally, people won’t need to go to Best Buy and get swindled into buying the latest GOLD PLATED SUPER HI-DEF DIGITAL HDMI CABLE WITH SPECIALIZED WII DUST), and AC adapter. For an extra $50, or $349 total, you’ll get the Wii U, Wii U gamepad, HDMI cable, AC adapter, more flash storage, a copy of NintendoLand, stands for the gamepad and Wii U system, and a charging cable for the gamepad.

Nintendo Wii U

The basic Wii U will be white, while the deluxe version is black.

Curiously, Nintendo isn’t packaging any Wiimotes or a sensor bar with the system, as NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime said that they didn’t want to make customers buy equipment that they already own.

Mum’s the word when it comes to launch titles for the system, though Nintendo did confirm that both NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. U will be available at launch. Fils-Aime mentioned that the lineup of starting titles for the Wii U is the strongest that the company has ever had for a home console launch. Activision’s CEO was present at the press event to talk about the publisher’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Wii U title. Of note, the CEO mentioned that Black Ops 2 will be running at 1080p on the Wii U, pushing a full sixty frames per second.

Be sure to check out our video hands on with Nintendo’s Wii U console.

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