Wii U Price, Launch Date Confirmed
Earlier today, Nintendo held a press event over in NYC where they finally revealed more details regarding their Wii U console, with the long-standing inquiries about the console’s price point and launch date being addressed. The world can finally rest easy and know that the Wii U is scheduled to launch in the US on November 18 with two different configurations:
- Basic Set, $299.99 – Includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI® cable
- Deluxe Set, $349.99 – Includes a black Wii U console and black accessories. This bundle includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. Consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.
In addition, Nintendo also gave out a list of over 50 launch titles that will be available during the release of the Wii U or shortly thereafter:
|Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games that will be available on launch day or during the launch window*. (For information about third-party games, check with the individual publishers.)
Activision Publishing, Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
Tecmo Koei America Corporation
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
* Launch window is defined as the period beginning Nov. 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.
As most expected, the console would release sometimes during the holiday season, and just before Thanksgiving has usually been the traditional route for big releases, and as such Nintendo is sticking with the norm here. With the console’s imminent release, will you be lining up to get the Wii U on day one?