Wii U Price and Launch Date Revealed

We finally know how much Nintendo’s new console will cost and when it’s coming out.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Today is finally the day, folks. Nintendo just wrapped up a press event to announce launch details for their new console, the Wii U. The system will launch on Sunday, November 18, 2012 in North America (Nov. 30 in Europe) in two bundle packages, a basic set (8GB) for $299.99 and a premium set (32GB) for $349.99.

The Basic set comes with the Wii U console (obviously), a single Wii U tablet gamepad, an AC adapter, HDMI cable and the system’s sensor bar. The Deluxe set gets you everything from the Basic set, as well as additional storage memory, a stand for both the console itself and the tablet gamepad, a charging dock for the tablet gamepad, a copy of NintendoLand and a deluxe digital promotion subscription, where players gain points for each digital purchase they make on Nintendo’s eShop that in return can be exchanged for more games from the digital storefront.

Furthermore, Nintendo announced NintendoTV, which is the console’s entertainment suite. You’ll be able to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, shows DVRed from your TiVo and much more. It’s a pretty slick interface that uses the tablet gamepad to full effect. Outside the tablet integration, though, NintendoTV will feel like old hat for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.

Nintendo also surprised the audience by announcing Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive – being worked on by the same producer that worked on the original game, too. Additionally, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming to Wii U and 3DS in North America next March. Finally, a little game called Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be hitting the Wii U as well. 

Lastly, here's a list of games releasing on the Wii U during the system's "launch window."

Publisher Title
505 Games Funky Barn
2K Sports NBA 2K13
Activision Publishing, Inc. 007 Legends
 Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
 Wipeout 3
 Skylanders Giants
 Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
 Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Capcom Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
D3Publisher Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
 Ben 10: Omniverse
 Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Disney Interactive Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Electronic Arts Mass Effect 3
 Madden NFL 13
Frozenbyte Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Gaijin Games Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Majesco Entertainment Zumba® Fitness Core
Maximum Games Jett Tailfin
Nintendo Nintendo Land
 New Super Mario Bros. U
 NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
 LEGO® City: Undercover
 Wii Fit U
 Game & Wario
 Pikmin 3
 The Wonderful 101
SEGA Aliens: Colonial Marines
 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Shin’en Nano Assault Neo
Tecmo Koei America Corporation WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper
THQ Darksiders® II
 Wheel of Fortune®
Two Tribes Toki Tori 2
Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed® III
 Just Dance® 4
 Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
 Rabbids® Land
 Sports Connection
 Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013
 Rayman Legends®
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Scribblenauts Unlimited
 Game Party Champions
 Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition