Nintendo Wii U Release Date and Pricing Confirmed!

We’ve been waiting for Wii U release details since Nintendo first revealed the new console back in 2011. It’s been a long wait, but today we finally got what we wanted. Not only did Nintendo reveal pricing and a release date, while confirming the games available at launch, the legendary gaming company also had a few surprises for those of us who tuned in this morning. Head past the break for the details!

First thing’s first, the Wii U will be hitting store shelves on November 18th and gamers will be able to choose between two different bundle options. The Basic set costs $299 and comes with the 8GB Wii U console, one GamePad controller, all the necessary cables, including HDMI, and a sensor bar. This set will only be available in white.

The Deluxe version ($349) offers up everything included in the Basic set with a 32GB console, along with a GamePad stand, a GamePad charging cradle, NintendoLand mini-game collection and a console stand that allows it to sit upright. This is the set you’ll need to pick to up if you want a black console and GamePad. Those who grab the Deluxe set will also be entered into a program that rewards points for digital purchases, which can be used toward future digital content and game purchases.

Nintendo also revealed several new Wii U features this morning, including Nintendo TVii, which acts as a hub for TV and movies from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and your Tivo or DVR. Anyone with a Mii account will be able to personalize their Nintendo TVii settings through the use of favorites and Facebook integration. One of the cooler features that Nintendo showed off was the ability to watch highlights and track stats on the GamePad while watching a sporting event on TV. They didn’t go into much detail on how exactly that would work, but it looked cool nonetheless.

As far as games go, there were some great announcements, including Black Ops 2 and Bayonetta 2 for Wii U. For more info on that, stay tuned to MTV Multiplayer as we reveal gameplay impressions and more!

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