Japanese gamers were recently blessed with a whole host of brand new information regarding Nintendo’s Wii U, with price, date and launch line-up details revealed, with a formal showing of the ‘basic’ and ‘premium’ models of the home console.
We even got to know some very tiny bits of Wii U system specification news – something that Nintendo has held very close to its chest until now.
US and European gamers, however, have just received a batch of exciting news for their regions, too, with launch date and price details finally and officially announced.
Let’s get right down to it, shall we?
In the US, the Wii U will launch on November 18th. The Premium model of the console will retail for $349.99, while the basic model will be available for $299.99.
In Europe, the Wii U will launch on November 30th. No official price point has been announced but we’ll update when retailers in the region reveal their prices.
By way of comparison, in Japan the premium model will be priced at 31 500 yen (£252/$405), and the basic model will cost 26 250 yen (£210/$338) when the console is out on December 8th in the region.
What do you get in your Premium and Basic models?
Wii U – Basic Model
The Wii U will initially be available in white with 8GB of internal flash memory for storage purposes in the Basic model, which is where you’ll save game data and content downloaded from the Nintendo Network.
The package includes a Wii U, Wii U GamePad, a stylus, Wii U AC adapter, Wii U GamePad AC adapter and an HDMI cable.
Wii U – Premium Model
The Premium model Wii U will come standard with 32GB of internal flash memory, and will be available in black.
The package includes a Wii U, Wii U GamePad, a stylus, Wii U AC adapter, an HDMI cable, a console and GamePad stand, a GamePad charging dock and a copy of Nintendoland.
The Wii U will make use of proprietary 25GB game discs which read at 22.5 MB per second, while Nintendo has claimed that the console is roughly ‘20 times’ as powerful as the Wii. Sporting 1GB of system memory and 1GB of game memory, the Wii U’s total of 2GB overall memory compares very favourably to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation which have 512MB, split across games operating system management.
Wii U will be fully backwards compatible with Wii hardware and software, and you’ll also be able to re-download and play your collection of WiiWare and Virtual Console games on the system.
Here are a few basic Wii U statistics:
- 75 watts in operation, 45 watts in power save mode
- 46 mm x 172 mm x 268.5 mm flat on its side.