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Wii U to Launch December 8 in Japan

By - Source: Kotaku | B 26 comments

Nintendo has finally spilled the beans on when we can expect to see the Wii U launch. Yes, it will be here in time for the holiday shopping season.

Nintendo revealed last night via its Twitter feed that it would announce the Wii U's price and release details today. True to its word, Nintendo announced the details of the Wii U's launch very early this morning. At about midnight PST the company revealed that the Wii U would make its Japanese debut on December 8.

 

The Wii U will be available in two versions, the basic set and the premium set. The basic set will only be available in white, while the premium version will only be available in black. The premium version features four times the storage of the basis set (32GB up from 8GB) and will include the console, the GamePad, a charging stand, a play stand, and a stand for the Wii U itself. The basic bundle cuts out the extras and will only include the white console, a controller and that 8GB drive we mentioned earlier.

Pricewise, you're looking at ¥26,250 for the basic package or ¥31,500 for the premium bundle. This equates to just shy of $340 for the basic and just over $400 for the premium.

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    lahawzel , September 13, 2012 2:50 PM
    I like how this article doesn't mention the fact that extra controllers cost something like ~$172 USD. One hefty price tag.
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    elcentral , September 13, 2012 2:55 PM
    interesting im hoping it got native 1080p. cuss im quite interested in this console, and 1080p for me feels easier on the eyes.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 2:57 PM
    A screen on the controller for a console connected to a bigger screen. So which one are you supposed to look at and who thought this was a good idea? Does ANYONE look at the controller when using a console?
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    whiteodian , September 13, 2012 3:15 PM
    No U.S. release date? Dec 8 is kinda getting late in the holiday season. Hopefully the storage is expandable via SD card. Also, too much money. Hopefully, it comes in at $299 (black version), but I'm thinking $399 is correct. Good luck Nintendo. Late start, high price, you'll need it.
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    aoneone , September 13, 2012 3:19 PM
    Hah! Good luck trying to sell them because ever since E3 , people were disappointed by pricing, system specs, the clutter, sorry but I am sure other people will agree! With tablets out there, faster consoles, and price competition, it just wont do it. I am sure this will hurt Nintendo Ltd. even more!
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 13, 2012 3:33 PM
    Over priced Wii with wannabe tablet controler.
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    warmon6 , September 13, 2012 3:47 PM
    I was watching the american video feed and here some stuff they mentioned:

    Nov. 18 is the launch date for US

    8GB model is $300 and the 32GB is $350 (Sadly my connection got cut off just after that so i dont know what's included in each bundle.)

    http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu
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    warmon6 , September 13, 2012 3:51 PM
    Well guess i know what included now.

    http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/buynow/
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    hate machine , September 13, 2012 4:55 PM
    Nintendo just pulled an Apple, selling last years tech at a premium price with nothing really new except for an optional tablet controller.

    Regardless, a lot like Apple it will still probably sell very well.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 4:57 PM
    No, what made the Wii great was new playstyle (at the time) and the price point. I don't think they are far off the mark. Microsoft & Sony will still charge 500+ for thier new machines next year, and of course these will drop in price by that point. Wii doesn't try to be the tech leader, so why start now. They know what their doing, and they have the sales history & market share to prove it. Btw, I have all three, and I still play Wii Sports.
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    dragonsqrrl , September 13, 2012 4:58 PM
    LaHawzelI like how this article doesn't mention the fact that extra controllers cost something like ~$172 USD. One hefty price tag.

    It is a hefty price tag, but I doubt most people would buy a second tablet controller. The last I checked only one of those controllers can be used at a time per console.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 5:07 PM
    Apparantly the U in "Wii U" stands for U-turn. Its what you do when you see it.
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    dragonsqrrl , September 13, 2012 5:10 PM
    m32i3289A screen on the controller for a console connected to a bigger screen. So which one are you supposed to look at and who thought this was a good idea? Does ANYONE look at the controller when using a console?

    I don't think it's intended to work like that, contrary to what many people seem to believe. One of the biggest strengths of the controller is a concept called asynchronous gameplay, which allows two users to have their own game experiences while playing against each other or in co-op.

    I think this Rayman Legends demonstration is a good example of what the controller is capable of:
    http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/06/06/rayman-legends-wii-u-developer-demo-e3-2012
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    shin0bi272 , September 13, 2012 5:38 PM
    wes629No, what made the Wii great was new playstyle (at the time) and the price point. I don't think they are far off the mark. Microsoft & Sony will still charge 500+ for thier new machines next year, and of course these will drop in price by that point. Wii doesn't try to be the tech leader, so why start now. They know what their doing, and they have the sales history & market share to prove it. Btw, I have all three, and I still play Wii Sports.


    So you are still playing the game that came with the console... almost 10 years ago. You see people... this is why EA keeps selling the same game and just changing the number at the end of it! Cause people keep playing 10 year old games and trying to pawn it off as still fun. Your lack of demand in criteria for a game keeps the game makers and the console makers making the same stuff! If we dont demand better graphics AND game play by not buying stuff that looks like garbage we end up with "call of duty: ancient warfare 10: the french revolution (Bastille edition)" with the same dx9 graphics and zero story line! Then that polished turd gets ported to pc and my high end graphics card goes to waste because there arent any games on the market that actually push it cause they're all crappy console ports!

    Its like the new car syndrome. You get a new car and its all fun and new and cool then 10 years later its old and busted and boring so you go get a new car and it starts all over again.
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    dark_lord69 , September 13, 2012 6:00 PM
    The prices are higher than I expected and the console will arrive later than I expected.

    The black console would be nice...
    32GB might be nice if I ever use space on a console (unlikley though) plus the console has an SDHC memory card slot so not that important.
    I could do without those stands...
    I don't think the premium version offers enough for the extra $60, I might get the basic version. (IF I even decide to get one...)
    I'm actually leaning toward the X-Box 720 for this coming generation.
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    pizzacheeks , September 13, 2012 6:19 PM
    shin0bi272specs for the Wiiiiiii U say that it has an amd R700 gpu. The R700 core was the 4000 series... so not dx11. One again Nintendo fails to deliver on the graphics when the option is there to not do so. They also have an "optical drive will support a new proprietary disc format that can store up to 25GB — similar to Blu-ray discs." *cough* Bullsh!t !! *cough*I'll spend $500 on a new video card or $1000+ on a new rifle but $350 for an already outdated console? no thanks!PC does what nintendont....



    I'm tired of people compare console to PC in terms of specs. Because consoles are locked down in terms of parts they can make games with better graphics on less powerful specs then for the PC.
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    Filiprino , September 13, 2012 7:20 PM
    I'm tired of people thinking that consoles can achive one and a half times (or even two times) the performance with the same hardware a PC could have.

    The difference achievable in performance is negligible. The difference in coding care isn't.
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    rohitbaran , September 13, 2012 9:02 PM
    Ok for a launch price, but I wonder how long will they keep such price levels. Once the next Xbox and PS are out, WiiU will be the underdog again in performance.
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    blazorthon , September 13, 2012 9:03 PM
    shin0bi272specs for the Wiiiiiii U say that it has an amd R700 gpu. The R700 core was the 4000 series... so not dx11. One again Nintendo fails to deliver on the graphics when the option is there to not do so. They also have an "optical drive will support a new proprietary disc format that can store up to 25GB — similar to Blu-ray discs." *cough* Bullsh!t !! *cough*I'll spend $500 on a new video card or $1000+ on a new rifle but $350 for an already outdated console? no thanks!PC does what nintendont....


    Nintendo is not here to give a high-end gaming experience and if you expected that from them, you obviously aren't familiar with what Nintendo does. Nintendo offers a cheap gaming experience. The Wii U will be powerful enough for good 720p/1080p gaming and that's all that it had to do. The point of it is a different experience from the higher-end consoles through the interface and style, not by being more expensive with high-end hardware.
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