Nintendo Wii U Lands In North America November 18

Get your pre-orders ready, because Nintendo makes the released date and pricing for its next console officially known.

Nintendo Wii U Release Date image

Exciting news from today’s Nintendo Wii U event that I’m sure we’ve been chomping at the bone for (please say “yes,” I gave up precious sleep for this): the Nintendo Wii U will launch in North America on November 18 (the Japanese launch is in December). Pretty much lock-step with what gaming accessories-maker PDP accidentally spoiled to the world weeks ago.

Though that’s not the only rumor vindicated by today’s Wii U info-explosion from New York City. As predicted by Amazon distributor’ Video Product Distributors, the dual-displaying console will arrive on U.S. store shelves in more than one hardware configuration. Two actually. A “basic” bundle starting at $300 and a “premium” one at $350.

I guess that all too tempting $250 supposed figure was just a Super Mario Bros. 2 dream, huh? *sigh*

Pricing illusions aside, lets get down and talk about what each Wii U bundle will offer inside the box. Pressing matters, indeed. Here’s the lay down and some pretty boxes:

Nintendo Wii U Bundle Basic image

Basic: White Wii U console with 8GB of hard drive storage, Wii U GamePad, a sensor bar, and HDMI cable.

Nintendo Wii U bundle premium image

Premium: Black Wii U console with 32GB of hard drive storage, Wii U GamePad, HDMI cable, a copy of NintendoLand, a Deluxe Digital Promotion (more on that in a second), a sensor bar, and stands to prop up your system.

About that Deluxe Digital Promotion. Here’s the skinny. It’s a premium service where buyers earn points for purchases that can be redeemed later for other purchases… kind of like Club Nintendo, but not? Hmm. No exact info on the particulars.

Joystiq Wii U Hands-on (E3 2011)

Oh, and if your worried previous Wii purchases – WiiWare and Virtual Console items – those will be transferable. But like the Deluxe Digital Promotion, Nintendo didn’t entail on how this will come about in the future, although it is promise at least. One hopefully not destined for all sorts kooky misunderstandings and wacky hoops to jump through.

No hoop jumping to learn about what’s the latest in geek here on Walyou, like a Doctor Who’ TARDIS shower (hey, it could come in handy) and amazing 3D art in your home. Nope sir, not at all.

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