Wii U Priced and Dated - $299 Base Model, North American Release on November 18
Nintendo held a press conference in New York City earlier today and revealed some important details about the upcoming Wii U console. The Wii U will arrive in North America on November 18, with the basic 8GB model priced at $299 and the 32GB deluxe version at $349. The 8GB model comes in white and the 32GB in black, but there are some extras besides more storage space and a different color. A Wii U GamePad, HDMI cable, sensor bar, and AC adaptor are included with the 8GB model, while the 32GB includes all of that and a charging cradle for the GamePad, stands for the console and GamePad, and a copy of NintendoLand. No hardware information was released with the Wii U aside from the storage medium (solid-state drive) and the disc format is a proprietary blend capable of storing up to 25GB on a disc, just like Blu-ray. The CPU and GPU questions have to remain a rumor for now.
Along with the Wii U console, Nintendo also unveiled TVii, which is a streaming service similar to Google TV. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, and Tivo will be integrated, while the GamePad becomes a "second screen experience" when the TV is in use. Different family members can set up personalized favorites, and the GamePad is used to control your DVR (if you have one), set favorites, tweet reactions, and more. TVii is included with every Wii U at no extra charge, although more details will be revealed soon.
The Wii U arrives in North America on November 18, but Europe gets it on November 30 and Japan on December 8. The European and Japanese models do not include a sensor bar like the North American ones.