Wii U Launches In North America In November; Comes In Basic And Deluxe Sets

By Ishaan . September 13, 2012 . 7:12am

Nintendo have announced a launch date for the Wii U in North America. The system will be released on November 18th, and will come in two bundles.


The basic set Wii U will be white in colour and will come with the Wii U console,Wii U GamePad, and AC adapter for each, a high-speed HDMI cable, and a Wii U sensor bar. The Wii U in this set will have 8GB of internal flash memory. It will cost $299.99.


Meanwhile, the deluxe set Wii U will be black in colour and will come with 32GB of memory. The deluxe set will include the Wii U console, the Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter for each, a high-speed HDMI cable, the Wii U sensor bar, and Nintendo Land packed in. It will cost $349.99.


The deluxe set will also have a scheme that will give you points for each digital download game you buy. These points can then be used for future purchases.


As previously reported, the Wii U has 2GB of main memory. 1GB goes toward games, while the other 1GB is meant for OS-level functions. Wii U discs can hold up to 25GB of data.

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  • malek86

    That’s a bit more expensive than I was thinking, but I guess there’s Nintendoland packed in. But that makes the Basic set a bit less interesting than the japanese pricing.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, i don’t think it is expensive there considering we already the Japanese set there.T_T Which is even more expensive without Nintendo Land bundled inside.T_T

      Guess Japanese always had too forked more money even for lesser content than us here.T_T

    •  The Japanese pricing both sets are higher than the US premium set.

      • malek86

        I mean relatively speaking. In Japan, the Basic Set is pretty ok because the only important difference is the storage size and that Premium Network thing. In the west, there’s Nintendoland packed in too, so that makes the Basic Set a bit less convenient in comparison.

        Although, with the recent announcement of the DQX beta, I guess most japanese players will prefer the Premium version too.

        • Dont forget about Monster Hunter

          Lol all the DQX people are so going to be Beaters XD

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Man, the Deluxe Set there looks really great.^_^ Sensor bar(Not really usefull though.T_T), Nintendo Land bundle.(Great Move.^_^)

    And the price is just like what i predict.^_^ Hmmm….. i will probably get this one lol in December.^_^

  • Jirin

    I’m almost certainly going to get one of those eventually, but no need to pick it up right at launch.  I’ll wait for a 3d Mario or some RPG announcements, at least.

  • xavier axol

    i want a zelda and a metroid game, the pikmin game isn’t enough for me. but i’m definitely keeping my eyes open, i don’t like mario any more but a pokemon game can entice me to buy the wii u (i’m worn out of the traditional pokemon game and since the wii u controller is somewhat unique i expect something different later next year). this is a good chance to try new ip’s and bring back old ones back, i hope the best for them.

  • Xapth

    That deluxe version looks amazing.

    And it comes with Nintendo Land!

    I hope I don’t have to camp out to get one again though. 
    The Wii was very scarce in terms of availability when it first launched.
    Let’s hope they have more stock available this time.

    • $36598391

      Yea, when the Wii came out, it took me two months of store hopping before i got my hands on one at Circuit City because they just happened to get a new shipment in right when i walked inside

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Hard choice.. Deluxe Sets or the standard one X_X ahhh

    299.99 (300$) is not bad at all.The 32GB bundle isn’t bad ether but 32 is rather small but “meh” Lets see the launch titles

    • $36598391

       I’m going to get the Deluxe Wii U, 50$ more isn’t all that much

  • $36598391

    still waiting for the release of Pandora’s Tower in North America Nintendo…

    • $36598391

      If Nintendo would stop with the region locking bullshit, they wouldn’t be pissing so many people off

  • Not gonna get it till I see a game I want. That being said, the price I think is just about right. Deluxe set looks amazing as well.

  • Corey Letcher

    interesting but lets see the launch window title before i can get excited.  

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    Way too expensive with not enough exclusive 3rd party titles. Plus, 32G is nothing in this day and age. I really wish Nintendo had held out and tried to compete with the PS4/720 instead of releasing a current-gen-and-a-half-type system. Feels a bit like the Dreamcast, to be honest. It was obviously better than the PS1 and N64, but was left behind when the PS2/X-Box/Gamecube came out.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      They should have made it 100GB+ but I guess thats the Usb/SD cards are for :/

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Thing is, the PS4 / XBOX 720 aren’t coming out anytime soon, there’s no launch date so as it stands now, this is going to be the most powerful next gen system. I doubt they are naive to launch with an HDD that won’t work properly with the needs of games so storage won’t be an issue~.

      As for exclusives…Bayonetta 2 == mindgasm. The fact that MH3 is coming out on launch too is more than enough. I dislike Nintendo, but I think this is priced more than fairly and they are launching at about the right date. Sony is going to have a really hard time, which sucks, because I expected my PSV to pick up some momentum for Christmas~.

    • PreyMantis

       That’s why you have the option to use external hard drive, so people won’t b**** about that.

      • Steven Bambic

        You have to remember.. Nintendo is ALWAYS behind on current gen. Thier big focus is handhelds, they’ve done great with them. As far as current gen, too many new gen customers and nintendo can’t really cater to them like Sony and Microsoft does.

        • PreyMantis

           Always? You mean since only the Wii. If you look at most Nintendo consoles, they’ve all been more powerful than the other competition in terms of console power. I don’t get what you meant by them not catering to new customers. Have you seen the sales of the DS and Wii? Or more currently, the 3DS? I suggest  you look ’em up and compare them to the competition.

  • Nitraion

    Wait now i think about it…. 8gb and 32gb for a console is it not too small?
    i mean installing game,save data, digital game, multi media etc2…

    • SD card + external HDD will take care of that

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well they have SD slot and External HDD plug there.

      So you can just buy the External HDD for much cheaper price rather than getting forced to purchase them for the console here.^_^

  • drproton

    I’ll be getting the basic as long as you can use usb or sdhc memory.  $50 for 32 GB is too much.

    But $300 seems like a good price for the system itself.

    • XypherCode

      Well they did bundle in Nintendo Land and some more accessories. But yeah I was expecting at least 300 for the premium one.

  • KingGunblader

    Was very impressed with the press event. I’m definitely getting the premium bundle. Glad that there will actually be games to play while we wait for Zelda, Smash Bros, 3D Mario etc…

  • XypherCode

    I wasn’t really expecting 350 bucks for the deluxe. But hey, just to play those games I guess my wallet can handle it. xD

  • Zonic505

    So for $50 more, I get 24G more memory, a free game, a charger stand, and a program that’ll give me back points for downloading games. Not a bad deal, I’d say. Sure, 32GB sounds small, but I’ll wait to see just how big some of the download-only games will be (I’m not one for downloading retail games, so that’s not an issue).

    I just hope that program for getting back points for downloading games will also apply to the 3DS’ eShop.

  • zferolie

    Wow, I don’t look for 4 hours and the Wii U information explodes.

    If I get a Wii U, I’ll get the 349 version because all that is worth it.

    I am still not sold, but I may be as I read more of this news*countinues to the next story*

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    Now this is what im talking about nintendo -claps- I will def get the deluxe version! I can’t wait x3

  • SLick123456789111

    Buying the Deluxe Version.

  • puchinri

    Deluxe it is.

    I was surprised when I saw it in GS today with all official info. So excited~.
    Gonna have to use my discount and stuff and pre-order with Target though, probably. ;u;

    Just realized though. . . my boyfriend and I were planning on getting a 3DS in Oct., so ouch for our wallets. ;u;
    Maybe we’ll just pick up the games we wanted and wait on the actual 3DS.
    (Especially since I want that pink 3DS XL!)

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