Nintendo finally revealed the deal with Wii U. The U.S. launch is November 18 with pricing at $300 (basic model in white with 8GB memory) and $350 (32GB in black with Nintendo Land game and charging cradle included).
Here are the key details:
- One GamePad. No matter which model you get. A second one will probably cost you around $150 or so. Most games will only support one at a time, and it's rumored that a second one will create a performance hit, so maybe this is just as well.
- HDMI cable in the box. So that's one less thing you'll have to buy, potentially.
- TVii will let you stream Amazon Instant, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and maybe even your DVR to the GamePad without monopolizing your actual TV. Don't worry, you can watch movies and shows on your TV as well, if you prefer.
- Bayonetta 2 is exclusive to Wii U. Not one of those quasi-exclusives either. Apparently, Nintendo will publish so it won't be leaking out to other platforms.
- New Super Mario Bros. U is the only launch day title that we're sure about, apart from the pack-in Nintendo Land. There might be more, but this is a big question mark. About 50 titles are due by end of March 2013. What's not clear is which games will be coming out before the more important holiday season ends.
- You'll be able to transfer games and data from your Wii. So don't trade it in advance if you want to keep that stuff.
- Sensor included. There was a report that you'd have to use your old Wii sensor or buy a new one. That was false. It's in the box. If you do have a Wii investmet, your existing Wii-motes, Will Balance Boards, and most Wii games are also compatible.