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access_time September 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM in Culture by Sean Garmer

Nintendo Officially Announces Price and Release Date for Wii U

Reggie Fils-Aime announced today at Nintendo’s special conference in New York that the Wii U will be available in stores before Thanksgiving this year. Specifically the console will be here on November 18, 2012.

Fils-Aime also announced that there will be two editions of the Nintendo Wii U to hit stores.

“The wait is almost over — in just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box. The new system also creates extraordinary new possibilities for game developers, bound only by the limits of their imaginations.”

There will be a base set available for $299.99 that has the white system with 8GB of internal memory, one gamepad, an HDMI cable, the sensor bar and an AC adapter for it. The Deluxe Set will also be available for $349.99 in black, with extra memory (32GB), a console stand, the sensor bar, AC adapter, Gamepad charging cradle, and the Nintendo Land game.

Nintendo also announced that gamers who pick up the Deluxe Set will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.

The company also revealed details about the Nintendo TVii service, which you can read about here.


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