Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed
Two models inbound
Nintendo today officially revealed Wii U release dates, foreign pricing structures and launch titles.
Two variations of the console will be available, with a basic edition set to cost around the £200 mark and a more premium edition roughly £50 more. Nintendo's RRP for the UK is a hazy affair, so the ball is in retailers' court with that one.
The difference between basic and premium is mainly a memory issue. The basic model packs an 8GB flash drive, while the premium ups that to 32GB and throws in a stand for the tablet controller and console.
While the console comes with just the one controller, the price of additional gamepads is likely to top the £100 mark. Then again, being a tablet device, a triple figure sum is hardly surprising and the relatively low cost of the console itself should compensate for those who wish to fully splash out on day one.
Heaps of launch titles have been announced too, with an array of ports from current-gen consoles making up the numbers. These include Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 3, Assassins Creed III, Fifa 13 and our most-recent favourite Darksiders 2.
Meanwhile Ninty talked up its first-party titles, such as Nintendoland, Game & Wario, and the predictable plumber refresh, New Super Mario Bros. U. It also revealed a couple of enticing Wii U exclusives: Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101.
The Nintendo Wii U launches in the UK on November 30. Our friends over the pond will get theirs slightly earlier on November 18, with prices starting at around $300. Mamma Mia.
Undecided? You can read our first impressions with the Wii U here on Reg Hardware. ®
Re: Nice troll...
Sometimes people just ask questions because they don't know something...
The question mark at the end of the sentence could be a clue. I know, odd in a place whose URL starts in "forum", but hey.
Re: As the Emperor nearly said to Mozart
It also uses Wii remotes, by the way.
When we bought the Wii, we got it as it had a focus on family, collaborative play. The 2nd (and 3rd) controllers were cheap and we've enjoyed that and it often gets played with.
The Wii-U has additional gamepads likely to top the £100 mark. Whilst looking like slightly larger DS's, that for me is a blocker for purchase and makes me consider just enjoying a PS3 or XBOX360 (which are in shops for similar prices to Wii-U now and are fully packaged out).
Yeah, mine still gets used, currently playing "Pandora's Tower" and "Rhythm Paradise" (which is very good though not as awesome as the gba original) having completed "The last story" (which was ok) and "Xenoblade" (which was great, put in 100+ hours on that, excellent use of the hardware too). And of course it's a much more reliable iPlayer than the ps3 (though neither is bulletproof, at least the wii has the good grace to crash properly rather than still running the audio with a big box over a black screen saying "No connection" like the ps3 reliably does after 5 minutes of any watching anything).
Re: Wii U
"I knew it was big but didn't realize just how big until I held one"
I...I...No, too easy.