September 13, 2012
Wii U Price and Date Announced! [Update]
This morning in NYC, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage and got the big questions we had out of the way. The console will launch on November 18th here in the states. There will be two different skus for the console. The first will be white and priced at $299.99, and the second which is black that will be priced at $349.99. Listed below are what each sku comes with.
$299.99 – Basic set $349.99 – Deluxe set
Wii U console (white) Wii U console (black)
Game Pad (tablet controller) Game Pad (tablet controller)
AC Adapter AC Adapter
HDMI cord HDMI cord
Sensor Bar Sensor Bar
Game Pad AC Adapter Game Pad AC Adapter
8GB of storage 32GB of storage
Game Pad Stand
Game Pad Cradle
Nintendo Land game
The $50 upgrade to the deluxe edition seems worth the extra cash considering it has a full $50 game thrown into the package. Now they did not go into the price of an extra Game Pad, the console does support up to two of these, it will be interesting to see what the price will be. The console stand that comes with the deluxe edition is something I wasn’t expecting since Nintendo has said before the console could not be turned on its side, I guess things have changed. Personally I would opt for a vertical console over a horizontal configuration; it just gives a presence on an entertainment center. The launch line up was hinted at, but stated that they are in talks with publishers to nail down dates. They went into detail about Nintendo TVii, no it is not a misspelling that is how it is branded. Nintendo TVii will be the consoles entertainment hub. You will have services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and complete control of your DVR as well. The Game Pad will be the one controller for all, you can add favorites, posts reviews, and manage your streaming queue straight from the controller. Nintendo TVii will be right out of the box on both versions of the console. So what do you think of the price and what is included with each console? Once we learn of any more information or what the launch lineup will look like, we will let you know.
[Update] Kotaku is now reporting that Nintendo has told them the price of the games will match those of the 360 and PS3 and will be $59.99. Seems only right, but lets hope Nintendo is more willing to give games price drops years after their releases.