Wii U to launch November 18 in North America, has expandable memory

Thursday, 13th September 2012 15:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Wii U will arrive at North American retail in November in two different skus, Nintendo has announced.

The release date for the console was revealed as part of Nintendo’s New York City event this morning, hosted by NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime.

It will release in two SKUs:

  • Basic set: A white Wii U console with 8GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable for $299.99.
  • Deluxe Set: All components are black. This bundle includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table for $349.99.

Consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014 and more on this will be announced “soon” said Fils-Aime.

The memory in Wii U is also expandable, according to Engadget.

“You can plug in a full-on three terabyte hard drive if you want. I’ll love you as a digital consumer,” Fils-Aime told the tech blog. “The reason we did it that way is that the cost of that type of storage memory is plummeting.

“What we didn’t want to do is tie a profit model to something that’s gonna rapidly decline over time. We’ll let the consumer buy as much as they want, as cheaply as they want.”

Nintendo simultaneously held a streaming Nintendo Direct conference for Europe, where the release date for the console was announced as November 30.

In Japan, the console will release on December 8, which was announced via a Nintendo Direct conference hosted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

Another presentation in Japan this morning, focused on the software releasing for the console.

Specs for the system can be found through here.

GameStop is now taking pre-orders for the console, and if you trade-in select hardware, you can save up to $140 on the price. PowerUp Rewards members will save an additional $10.

Here’s the savings break down:

  • $90 when you trade any Original model Xbox 360, PS Vita or 3DS system
  • $115 when you trade any Original model PS3 or Slim model Xbox 360 system
  • $140 when you trade any Slim model PS3
  • $50 when you trade any Wii system

Wii U will land at North American retail on November 18.

You can watch a repeat of the live stream through Nintendo’s website.



  1. DrDamn


    No pack in announced yet? Maybe you’ll have to download Nintendoland?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Clupula

    $300?!? Are Nintendo high?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Too damn expensive but goddamit, it has my Bayonetta. Seriously wish that was multi platform.

    Right now, Bayonetta is a 300-350 dollar game.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    GameStop is now accepting pre-orders for Wii U, and offering trade-in deals – I have added this information to the post

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    Information on expandable memory added

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dex3108

    So lets sum up:

    Wii U = 350$
    Additional space = 50$
    Additional Wii Mote controller X2 = 35$ or Wii U Pro controller = 50$
    435$ – 450$ for new customer.

    My opinion for now this is not a really good deal.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Thanks Steph, Great info. Looks like unlimited digital storage then.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    Got your numbers wrong Dex.

    300usd for base unit.
    350usd for premium unit.

    It uses your current Wii Mote, no need to buy a new one if you have them already.

    If you don’t already have controlers ,sure. Same as any new system.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    nevermind, that info has been added ;)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    450$ for current gen console with tablet controller.
    Yep, ninty is high.
    Might as well buy ps3 + vita combo at that price(with 2 bundled games)
    Will be interesting to see how much ninty charges for nintyland, which was supposed to be free as prophesised by ninty fans.
    So much for it being Wii Sports .

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #10″450$ for current gen console with tablet controller.
    Might as well buy ps3 + vita combo at that price(with 2 bundled games)”

    The things is that “current gen” WiiU will have 2GB of RAM, instead of the combination ps3 + vita combo which is only 1 GB, yeah is so current gen, that it is mind blowing.

    “Will be interesting to see how much ninty charges for nintyland, which was supposed to be free as prophesised by ninty fans”

    Well we made that prediction and we hit a 50% of accuracy prediction, we are better than Pachter now ;)

    #11 2 years ago

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