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Nintendo Unveils Price and Date of New Wii U Console

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Nintendo has finally blown the lid off its new Wii U console revealing the UK price and date in it’s European Nintendo Direct Briefing.

The console, which is the videogame company’s successor to their wildly successful Wii system, is due to hit UK stores on 30 November. There will be two different versions of the system available – a basic version and a premium version. The basic version will contain a white Wii U system and it’s tablet-like Gamepad along with a HDMI cable, an AC adapter and 8GB of internal storage and will retail for around £250. The premium version will contain all the basic content but with a black Wii U system instead, in addition to a Wii U sensor bar, a Gamepad charging cradle, a Gamepad stand and a stand for the system itself. The premium bundle will also contain the mini-game collection Nintendo Land, 32GB of internal storage and enrolls purchasers into Nintendo’s Deluxe Digital Promotion which will offer users points on every digital purchase they make. The premium bundle will cost around £300.

Nintendo has also revealed its software line-up for the launch period. UK launch games will include party game Nintendo Land, platformer New Super Mario Bros. U and survival horror title ZombiU. There will also be enhanced Wii U versions of multi-platform games including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3. The company also used its Direct Briefing to reveal some new games including Bayonetta 2, a Wii U exclusive sequel to the critically acclaimed 2010 original, along with a new HD version of Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3. Most Wii U games will retail from between £44.99 – £49.99.

The Japanese videogame giant also unveiled more about the system’s online functionality.
Nintendo originally announced its Wii U console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June 2011 and showed it again their press conference the following year. Though the company always insisted the console would arrive in 2012, its reluctance to reveal information on the system’s price or release date had led many to speculate it would not see release until 2013.