WiiU Release Date and Price Announced
Nintendo announced today that it’s new console, the Wii U, is primed to kick-start the next console generation this November, on the 18th. A Sunday, good news for all you schoolchildren out there who want to stand in line all night. There will be two packages you can buy–Standard, which will include a WiiU, a game pad controller, a censor bar, AC adapters, a HDMI cable, and a decent 8 gigs of memory. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can opt for premium: which will include all that, plus a copy of Nintendo Land, a console stand, a charger cradle for the game pad, and 32 gigs of memory. Oh, and the system will be black instead of white.
The basic package will be $299.99, and the premium will be $349.99.
Compared to Sony and Microsoft, whose new consoles will likely be delayed until next year, Nintendo is getting quite the head start. Some have theorized the WiiU is just Nintendo’s way of “catching up” with the PS3 or the Xbox 360’s graphics and processing power, meaning the WiiU is a seventh generation console while the Wii was “6.5”. Others will note how the early release of the WiiU mirrors Microsoft’s release of the Xbox 360, which came out a full year before the Wii or the PS3 did.
Neither Microsoft or Sony have announced their next game consoles yet, although they’re defiantly on their way–games are already being developed for them, and we’ve even seen some of the specs for the next Xbox system thanks to a leaked dev kit. I’d imagine we’ll be seeing the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 720 fall next year… although I’m hardly qualified to speculate.
But anyway, who here is interested in getting a WiiU? If the Wii was anything to go off, you’ll need to pre-order it now if you want it anytime before May 2013.