Nintendo’s Wii U to Launch on November 18 in US for $299.99, $349.99

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Nintendo dropped lots of information regarding their new Wii U console at an event they held today at New York City. The biggest story is that we finally know when the Wii U will be available for purchase and how it will be priced.

November 18 is the launch date. Consumers will be able to purchase two different SKUs then – the “Basic” and the “Deluxe.” The basic, which will set you back $299.99, comes with an 8GB console, the much-talked about Wii U Gamepad Controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable. In the $349.99 deluxe package, you get a 32GB, black console, all the previously mentioned peripherals and a copy of the game NintendoLand. You will also become a member of an ambassador type program that will earn you game rebates by purchasing a basic.

Here are a few other highlights from the event: Bayonetta 2 is an exclusive Wii U title, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS in the US, and the reveal of the horribly named Nintendo TVii, a way to stream video and live TV to your Wii U.

Overall, it was a pretty good show for Nintendo. It’s good to see them grab at least one third-party exclusive that the “hardcore gamer” set will be interested in them. One of the most surprising things coming out of the conference is the fact that several developers have found innovative, non-goofy ways to use the Wii U touch screen controller in their games. To me, and several others, that was the Wii U’s biggest question mark.

I’m looking forward to purchasing a Wii U much more after today, how about you?

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