Nintendo has announced the official launch details of its forthcoming Wii U games console. The dates should come as no surprise, but the price tags are a little steeper than most analysts predicted/had hoped for.
The successor to the Wii will land in the U.S, on Nov. 18, in Europe on Nov. 30, and in Japan on Dec. 8. The basic model – 8GB hard drive, one GamePad, and all the necessary leads – will cost $300, while the deluxe model – all of the above but 32GB hard drive, stands, a Wii sensor bar, and Nintendo Land – will cost $350.
An additional GamePad will cost extra ($100-$150), and gamers will get to choose from nine launch titles to buy alongside the console, including Super Mario Bros. U, the first Mario game to be a launch title for several generations.
Just over a week ago a rumor suggested the Wii U would come in three flavors, priced at $250, $300, and $350. And as the source was strong, this suggests Nintendo has either dropped the cheapest SKU or has a price cut up its sleeve for early in 2013.