Nintendo has announced its Wii U game console will be released on November 18th in the US and November 30th in Europe, our friends in Japan have to wait as long as December 8th! The console will come in two flavors; the 8GB Wii U Basic for $299.99 and the 32GB Wii U Deluxe for $349.99.
Michael Pachter was commenting on twitter earlier today about his predictions for how the Wii U will do for sales. Michael was critical for the Wii U up till this point and as a video games analyst his insightful opinion is an interesting one, predicts consumers will struggle to attain a Wii U all the way right up until March 2013 based on the premise that Nintendo can manufacture a million of these a month. A bold claim but one that Pachter basis on Nintendo hitting the sweet spot for price.
Basic Set includes: Wii U Console (White), 1 x GamePad, 1 x HDMI cable, 1 x Wii U sensor bar, 8GB of storage, Price: $299.99
Deluxe Set includes: Wii U Console (Black), 1 x GamePad, 2 x AC adapters, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Wii U sensor bar, 32GB of storage, 1 x GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for GamePad and console, Nintendo Land, Price: $349.99
Nintendo have also boasted they will get extensive software support for launch. As as many as 50 titles over the launch period in total.
Ninja Gaiden 3
ZombiU one of the games used to showcase the GamePad
Nintendoland will come as part of the Deluxe bundle
The games side of things seem pretty solid, even including some shock exclusives like Bayonetta 2. Black Ops 2 has also been finally confirmed.
Nintendo have also made other announcements today regarding some of the other features of the Wii U. A large focus was placed on Nintendo TVii this is a brand new service that comes bog standard with every Wii U and is a TV/DVR like service for the console. This will enable you to browse tv, movies and shows, record shows and will also point you in the direction as to where you can watch them (Netflix, Amazon Prime etc). You can also take thumbnails periodically through your show and post them on twitter.
You can all the while also use your GamePad as a media controller, checking up what has been recommended by your friends list. This remote feature also comes into play while watching sports, you will be able to check scores, player stands and other information.
This clip below shows off some of these new features. Looking forward to release date and to make things even more exciting it is released in the UK just 6 days after DigiCon!