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Nintendo reveals Wii U pricing and release info

Updated UK release date unveiled as 30 November
Thu Sep 13 2012, 15:20
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JAPANESE GAMES COMPANY Nintendo has revealed pricing and release information for its upcoming Wii U games console at an event in Japan.

The Wii U will be released this December and will set gamers back somewhere between £200 and £250 if there is a straight conversion from Japanese prices.

The Guardian newspaper reported the launch information live from an event in Japan early this morning. Nintendo has scheduled an international announcement for later today.

According to the Guardian the Wii U will go on sale in Japan on 8 December and will cost 26,250 yen, or £209 for a basic setup, and 31,500 yen, £251, for the premium option. The basic model will offer 8GB of storage, and the premium version will have 32GB.

An extra controller, usually a must unless you really like playing games by yourself, costs 13,440 yen, or an ouch worthy £105. This is probably because it resembles a tablet computer and is rather a move away from the traditional console controller. The Wii U will also support original Wii controllers.

Otherwise, the Wii U represents a big move away from its predecessor. According to comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the Wii U supports HD 1080p video and is 20 times more powerful than its older brother.

Update
Ninendo has finally revealed UK release details, announcing that the Wii U console will be available in two versions, Basic and Premium, from 30 November. Prices start from £199, and it's already up for preorder over at Amazon. µ

 

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