Nintendo has announced the launch date for its next console, the Wii U, and it’s November 30th.
The Wii U, as you’ve probably heard, is said to be around twenty times as powerful as the Wii, and capable of rendering games in full HD. It also comes with an innovative GamePad controller, which is essentially a tablet/controller hybrid with a 6 inch touchscreen.
The console will launch in two different hardware packs – a lower priced white console package, and a premium black Wii U bundle.
The basic white Wii U has 8GB of storage and a single GamePad. The more expensive black model ups the storage to 32GB, and also has the GamePad, plus a stand for the pad and console, a controller charging cradle, along with a Wii sensor bar and the game Nintendo Land (along with Nintendo eShop discounts, too).
As for the pricing, that hasn’t yet been confirmed for the UK, but the US price is $300 for the white edition, and $350 for the black premium bundle. Sadly that will probably translate to fairly close to £300 and £350, rather than going along dollar-pound exchange rate lines.
Our guess would be £270 and £320 or so in the UK, but we’ll have to wait for confirmation, of course. A Wii bit pricey…
Nintendo also noted: “Existing Wii owners will be pleased to hear that nearly all Wii peripherals will be compatible with the Wii U console – with neither hardware pack including a Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii owners won’t need to repurchase peripherals they already own.”
“For players who don’t already own a Wii console, Nintendo has created a Wii Remote Plus Additional Set containing a Wii Remote Plus controller, Nunchuk and sensor bar. Most Wii download software is also compatible with Wii U, meaning previously purchased WiiWare and Virtual Console titles will be transferable to the Wii U console.”