Wii U US launch date is November 18; Europe gets it November 30

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that it would launch its Wii U game console in its native Japan on December 8th, pricing a base model at ¥26,250 ($337 in US dollars) and also offering a premium model for ¥31,500 ($408). Today, the company announced the launch date for the US version in a press event held this morning in New York City.

The press event, which was streamed on Nintendo's website, revealed that the US launch date for the Wii U will be Sunday, November 18th. The basic version of the Wii U will be priced at $299 will come with the white console system with 8 GB of memory, the Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, and a sensor bar.

The Deluxe version, which comes in Black, will be priced at $349 and will come with 32 GB of memory. It will also come with the free game Nintendoland, the casual title that Nintendo revealed back at E3 2012 in June. The Deluxe version will also come with a console stand, a GamePad tracking bar and the Nintendo Network Premium subscription offer.

Europeans will be able to get the console on November 30th, according to a separate press event. The options appear to be the same as the US versions but pricing has yet to be announced.

Source: Nintendo website | Image via Nintendo

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£185 and £216 is the exchange rate when compared the U.S prices $299 and $349. I'm guessing £199 and £229-249 will be the actual prices though.

torrentthief said,
£185 and £216 is the exchange rate when compared the U.S prices $299 and $349. I'm guessing £199 and £229-249 will be the actual prices though.

You have to include VAT, I am thinking more likely to be £229/£279 or perhaps even £249/£299. The cost of the tablet has got to be quite a bit.

This isn't too bad!

32GB of flash storage can be upgraded with an external HDD or SD cards... so I don't see why anyone would complain about that..?

OMG, 8 and 32 GB versions!!!!, what would I do with that much memory... That's almost quarter or half my Ipad... This console seems a bit DOA to me... And the price seems a bit high just to get the satisfaction of having the latest console if not the best, or/and playing the latest Mario release, wich right now seem to be in several forums the biggest 2 reasons why anyone would buy the wii u.

mizur said,
OMG, 8 and 32 GB versions!!!!, what would I do with that much memory... That's almost quarter or half my Ipad... This console seems a bit DOA to me... And the price seems a bit high just to get the satisfaction of having the latest console if not the best, or/and playing the latest Mario release, wich right now seem to be in several forums the biggest 2 reasons why anyone would buy the wii u.

I know! Jesus Tapdancing BellyDancing Crispex! We could totally fill that up with 2,000 MP3s! Man Nintendo sure knows how to rock it like it's 2004!

mizur said,
OMG, 8 and 32 GB versions!!!!, what would I do with that much memory... That's almost quarter or half my Ipad... This console seems a bit DOA to me... And the price seems a bit high just to get the satisfaction of having the latest console if not the best, or/and playing the latest Mario release, wich right now seem to be in several forums the biggest 2 reasons why anyone would buy the wii u.

Nintendo just isn't that much into downloadable games... Not a real big problem, I think. And if you want lots of DLC, you can always get another SD Card or perhaps XD even. Don't forget that more storage makes it more expensive.
With the iPad, you can't buy any games on a cartridge or DVD, so you do need enough memory. The Wii-U features game discs and expandable memory.

Azies said,
We could totally fill that up with 2,000 MP3s

Well you can't even get 2,000 mp3s on the new iPod Shuffle (2GB WTF!)

Can you upgrade the Wii's memory?

Mateus said,

Well you can't even get 2,000 mp3s on the new iPod Shuffle (2GB WTF!)

Can you upgrade the Wii's memory?

It's supposedly going to support a usb hard drive.

giantpotato said,

The 64GB iPad cost 2x as much as the Wii U.

Yes, but the Ipad is a portable office with double the memory, wii U is just a gaming console.

And sure a media hub... very unique... only my computer, Ipad, xbox, ps3, TV's, bluray player, hell, even my receiver are all media hubs.

ahhell said,

Supports up to 3TB external drives.

Yes, you can upgrade memory with an external hard drive...

You can also upgrade the whole console with a better one... The thing is the better consoles are like 7 years old...

And as far as price goes, console, external hard drive, subscription to Nintendo services, just to play Mario???

I'm still hoping someday Mario will be licensed to other consoles.

mizur said,

I'm still hoping someday Mario will be licensed to other consoles.

Fat Ball's Chance of that happen, Nintendo said if they were to leave the video game industry their taking all their franchise titles like Mario with them. Leaving or not don't expect them to license them to other consoles.

mizur said,

Yes, you can upgrade memory with an external hard drive...

You can also upgrade the whole console with a better one... The thing is the better consoles are like 7 years old...

And as far as price goes, console, external hard drive, subscription to Nintendo services, just to play Mario???

I'm still hoping someday Mario will be licensed to other consoles.


What are you smoking?

the better twin said,
Ill wait to see what the real next gen consoles have to offer.

The WII-U is going to get Dreamcasted...

Azies said,

The WII-U is going to get Dreamcasted...

I completely agree with you, we can just look at what happened to the Wii and I'm sure this will be a major failure

Rudy said,
I completely agree with you, we can just look at what happened to the Wii and I'm sure this will be a major failure

to be fair the wii was extremely successful, they sold tons of consoles and games its just that the console should have been replaced with the wii u 2yrs ago as the sales have pretty much stalled and people have got bored of the gimmick.

Azies said,

The WII-U is going to get Dreamcasted...


Wrong, that'd mean at least getting a cutting-edge technology device.
The Dreamcast hates you for comparing her to the backwards technology Wii-U.

Also, Dreamcast had a better feel to it, the only things that sucked was marketing.
Maybe the launch games didn't really pull off either, but boy, the DC was and still is a heck of a console.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Wrong, that'd mean at least getting a cutting-edge technology device.
The Dreamcast hates you for comparing her to the backwards technology Wii-U.

Also, Dreamcast had a better feel to it, the only things that sucked was marketing.
Maybe the launch games didn't really pull off either, but boy, the DC was and still is a heck of a console.

GS:mac

Right on, nothin but love for the Dreamcast! Arguably ahead of its time even...

Rudy said,
I completely agree with you, we can just look at what happened to the Wii and I'm sure this will be a major failure

+, the 360 is a completely failure, isn't it?
"Worldwide: 67.2 million (as of April 19, 2012)[3](details)"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360

And Microsoft hasn't sold more than 30 million of units in 5 months.

Rudy said,
I completely agree with you, we can just look at what happened to the Wii and I'm sure this will be a major failure

What have you been smoking? Ditch your Nintendo bias and you'll see that the Wii is more than successful

I have to wait to see it in action to even come close to giving it any consideration. I'm happy right now with my PS3 and 360. Nintendo does have something here even if it has similar specs to the PS3 and 360. They finally have the power to run the good games of today's consoles, can't really complain about that. Games these days are really nice so even if that's all you get with the Wii U, I think there'll be a lot of happy customers.

ahhell said,
It's a bar that tracks gamepads.

I just checked the Nintendo website and I don't see any mention of a "GamePad tracking bar". I see a sensor bar, but the Neowin article makes it seems like this is something extra only included in with the deluxe model.

Obry said,
What is this? Handheld or TV console? I'm lost...

Guess you haven't read any other news on the Wii U. It is a home console that use a tablet controller as one of the possible ways to control it (you can use the old Wii nunchuck and wimote controller also or instead). The tablet provides a lot of added functionality.

richardsim7 said,
So it will be more expensive at 2 days late, surprise surprise!

Did the article originally say Nov. 20th? Or are you people really bad at math?

dead.cell said,

Did the article originally say Nov. 20th? Or are you people really bad at math?

Yeah, it did, 12 days later! That's even worse!

Julius Caro said,
Scew this we always get ripped off in europe... two days wait!!!!!!!!

Or, if you look at it another way, were getting it 8 days earlier than Japan