Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wii U Specs, Pricing and Launch Date Revealed

Nintendo announced this morning the specs and pricing for the Wii U during it's presentation. Gamers sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the news, holding their breath for what they wanted to hear. Did it live up to your expectations? Let's go down the list of everything that was announced.

Release date
  • Sunday November 18th, 2012 in North America. 
  • November 30th, 2012 in Europe.
  • Standard (White) includes the Wii Console, Wii U Gamepad, All necessary cables (including HDMI) and will have an 8 GB Internal Storage. Price = $299
  • Deluxe model (Black) includes Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, all necessary cables (including HDMI), and feature 32 GB internal storage. Price = $349. It will include Nintendo Land and is expected to include the new Nintendo Network Premium service, which runs for 2 years and offers gamers 10% off on software and game downloads.
  • 50 launch titles including the new Super Mario Bros, Bayonetta 2 (Exclusive), 007 Legends, Monster Hunter 3, and Epic Mickey 2.
  • 2 GB total system memory, 1 GB used for Operating System.
  • 75W power usage
  • Blu-Ray based
 Nintendo TVii
  • TV/DVR service for all consoles
  • Browse shows & TV channels, then activate DVR feature to record
  • Browse TV shows and movies and then select which service to play them (e.g. Netflix/Amazon Prime)
  • Live Sports Scoreboards
  • Gamepad can function as a remote and can tweet pictures and notes.
While I am curious about the limited launch titles (including no news about a Smash Brothers remake) it doesn't surprise me too much. The Storage space is confusing however. At $349 to get 32 GB of storage, it seems a bit pricey considering for $50 more you can get a current Xbox 360 with 10X the storage space. However, it stands to reason that the console needs to be that pricey in order to bring up profit margins, which Nintendo has been seeing less of in recent years.

Gamestop is taking pre-orders now for the Wii U. So if you want to ensure yourself a system, get on down to your local store. $50 for pre-order, $25 if a Powerup member.

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