Following on from this morning’s Japanese launch detail announcements, Nintendo have now released UK release details for the Wii U console. Nintendo’s tablet-controller packing console will be released on November 30, ahead of the Japanese December 8 release date announced this morning.
Amazon are now listing the Basic Wii U console at £250, so well done to those who got their pre-orders in early at the £199 mark! The Premium edition now costs £299. Competitive, but not quite as low as we’d have hoped for meaning that the forthcoming Xbox 720 and PS4 could well leap-frog Nintendo’s new console.
In the US, the Wii U consoles will cost $299.99 (£186) and $349.99 (£217) for Basic and Premium editions respectively.
Two versions of the console will be available, the afore-mentioned Basic model and a Premium model.
Differences between the two tablet-controller packing consoles lie mainly with storage space. As suggested by rumours yesterday, the basic version will launch with 8GB of storage. The premium version has 32GB of storage, and will also come with a GamePad, HDMI cable and a charging cradle for the tablet controller. The Basic set comes in white, while the Premium set comes in black.
The Nintendo Wii U makes use of multiple screens in its vision of home gaming. Touchscreens are built into the controllers themselves, alongside the standard console/TV set-up. Many games are expected to be fully playable through the GamePad controllers themselves, while all are expected use the dual screens in unique ways, with second screen functionality spreading UI elements and specific challenges across displays.