Nintendo’s Wii U to ship in two versions, release date confirmed

September 14, 2012 • Gadgets and Gaming

Video game electronics maker Nintendo revealed that their latest video game console, the Wii U, will be made available in two different versions.

The basic edition, which will be available in white, will retail in the US for around $299, while the Deluxe unit will be $349. The Deluxe console features higher storage capacity, additional accessories and the new Nintendo Land video game, and will be made available in black.

The Deluxe console features higher storage capacity (image: Nintendo)

The Wii U will also be shipping to the US in November for the official 18 November release date, while the UK will get the console on 30 November. More than 50 titles will be made available as part of the launch, which should make gamers excited about the console – as traditionally few launch titles are available when a new console releases.

“The wait is almost over – in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

Some of the titles that will be made available will be Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City: Undercover, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

“The integrated second screen of the GamePad creates new possibilities for how games can be played, and further reflects the innovation Nintendo has poured into the Wii U,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing’s CEO. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the biggest franchises, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime, in new ways made possible on Wii U.”

South Africa will receive the Wii U on 30 November.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor



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