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Charles Herold

Wii U Shipping November 18 at $300 A La Carte and $350 Deluxe

By September 13, 2012

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Today at a press conference in Manhattan, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the Wii U will hit stores this Sunday November 18, and will launch in two version. The Wii U Basic Set which has 8GB internal storage and comes in white, will go for $299.99 and will include the console, one gamepad controller, a stylus, sensor bar, HDMI cable and AC adapters for both the console and gamepad. The Wii U Deluxe Set is black, will sell for $349.99, will have 32 GB of internal storage and will include, besides the items from the basic package, a gamepad stand and cradle, a console stand (I assume that's so you can stand it on its side) and the game Nintendo Land. Purchasers of the Deluxe Set will also be enrolled in something called "Deluxe Digital Promotion," which awards points for digital downloads that can be redeemed for future content.

Surprisingly, neither version will include the Wii remote and nunchuk, even though they are supported and used for many games. Fils-Aime says so many people have Wii remotes already that most people will already own one. This means that those who never were interested in the Wii but would like a Wii U will probably need to buy a Wii remote or (and this is more likely among people who never wanted a Wii) Nintendo's more traditional Classic Controller Pro.

$299 seems like a pretty good price for the Wii U, which will include features like the Miiverse social network and the integrated entertainment TVii system, and will have 50 games available by Christmas. Do you agree?

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