The Wii U has been available in the US for nearly a fortnight, but the console is just now making its debut in Europe. Today, Nintendo's first high definition console finally hit the United Kingdom.
As it revealed last week, HMV Oxford St opened its doors at 11pm on Thursday November 29 with plenty of Wii U-related goodies for those waiting in the cold. The first 200 people got Wii U goody bags, while the first 100 in line got a free copy of New Super Mario Bros U as well as another Wii U game of their choice. The next 100 got a £5 voucher for any Wii U console, software or hardware purchase. Pocket-Lint writes that 300 people showed up to queue. The site names Izzy Rahman of London as the first to get his hands on the console.
The Wii U is priced at £259 for the basic version, which includes an 8 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter and a Nintendo Wii Game Pad with AC adapter. The pricier premium package includes a black 32 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter, a black Nintendo Wii U Game Pad with AC adapter, a Wii U sensor bar, a copy of NintendoLand, an HDMI cable, and Nintendo Premium. It retails for £309. Lastly, the premium ZombiU package boasts a black 32 GB Nintendo Wii U console with AC adapter, a black Nintendo Wii U Game Pad with AC adapter, a Wii U sensor bar, a copy of ZombiU, a black Pro Controller, an an HDMI cable, and Nintendo Premium. This bundle will set you back £349.
The Wii launched in the U.S. on November 18 and has been selling out in stores across the country. Nintendo recently announced that it sold 400,000 units during the first week of availability.