Nintendo have announced release dates for the Wii U, which will release on November 18th 2012 for North America, November 30th 2012 in Europe and December 8th 2012 for Japan and will be released in both a basic and premium model variations.
- Basic model: Will include an 8GB white console with matching GamePad, AC adapter and an HDMI cable, and will retail at ¥26,250 or $299.99 in the US.
- Premium model: Will include a 32GB black console with matching GamePad, AC adapter, HDMI cable, a GamePad dock, a console stand, sensor bar and a two-year Nintendo Network Premium subscription, that offers 10% off digital purchases. The premium version of the console will retail at ¥31,500 or $349.99. The Premium model will also include Nintendoland at launch.
- GamePad: Also, the price of an individual GamePad will cost a rather hefty ¥13,440, which is just over $170.
- Wiimote+ Additional Set: Was announced for those who did not previous own a Wii console, and will include a sensor bar, Wiimote+ controller and nun-chuck.
Interestingly, no price points were released for Europe, although it was mentioned that prices are largely up to retailers, and so those interested in picking a console up in Europe should check retailers soon.
In terms of launch titles, obviously Nintendoland will be included in the Premium package as mentioned above, however New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU and Mass Effect 3 will be available on launch day. There will also be a ZombiU/Wii U package, but details provided on that were scarce.
Update: Here’s a list of confirmed launch title games. Let us know if we missed anything.
What do you think? Are they reasonably priced? Will you be picking one up?