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The Wii U will be available in two different models: a Basic Set and a Deluxe version.

Nintendo announced price, launch and system details concerning its new Wii U console today -- and U.S./Japan residents will soon be able to get their hands on it. 
Nintendo fans can expect two different Wii U models: a Deluxe version and a Basic Set version. The Basic Set features 8 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller and it in comes in white. The Deluxe model, on the other hand, offers 32 GB HDD, a Wii U Pad controller, power cradles for the Wii U Pad, an HDMI cable and it comes in black. 
Some extras that Nintendo fans can look forward to include a separate controller called the Wii U Pro, which resembles an Xbox 360 controller; 25 GB game discs; Wii U's social network Mii Universe, and the system itself is backwards compatible with the original Wii console. 
The launch titles for Wii U are "Nintendoland" and the "New Super Mario Bros." 
Looking to pick up a Basic Set? It'll cost you $299.99. Or, if you're looking to go all out with the Deluxe model, Nintendo will hit your wallet for $349.99. 
Wii U will hit the U.S. on November 18 while those in Japan will have to wait until December 8.

Source: Kotaku

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By Roy2001 on 9/13/2012 5:43:45 PM , Rating: -1
Wii sucks with worse hardware compare to XBOX, Wii U won't match XBOX360. It's junk! Avoid it.

RE: Junk.
By Warren21 on 9/13/2012 6:00:22 PM , Rating: 4
Actually, The Wii U has higher capabilities than both the 360 and the PS3...

RE: Junk.
By lightfoot on 9/13/2012 6:09:55 PM , Rating: 1
And the XBOX 360 has more power than the PS2 and the Gamecube. This console needs to compete with the next generation of consoles, not consoles that are over 6 years old.

It looks to me like the vast majority of the Wii U technology is in the controller and not the console its self.

RE: Junk.
By Warren21 on 9/13/2012 6:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
And the XBOX 360 has more power than the PS2 and the Gamecube. This console needs to compete with the next generation of consoles, not consoles that are over 6 years old.

I can't argue with that. I do believe however that Nintendo played the 7th (current) generation console war the smartest.

They are releasing two consoles in the same time the competition released one; will sell both from day one with profitability on the hardware; sell both at an acceptable launch price that people are willing to buy (remember "599 U.S. Dollars!" anyone?); do not have to over-extend the life period of the console (Sony wanted the PS3 to last for "10 years" ... realistically not feasible) in order to feel like they didn't take a massive hit on the bleeding edge hardware.

That being said, I don't even own a Wii, but I've owned two 360's (RROD on first) and a PS3 slim. Still, I tip my hat to Nintendo. I might even buy a Wii U sometime in 2013.

RE: Junk.
By someguy123 on 9/13/2012 9:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's true, but ultimately the 360/ps3 were overspec'd at the time and cost both companies billions to subsidize, and now we're at an incredibly long console cycle with the next gen still a rumor. Nintendo is a pretty small company compared to sony and microsoft so I doubt they will ever be able to compete with them in specs, so they may as well go to alternative gameplay mechanisms, even if gimmicky.

Right now they're also managing to scoop up some decent japanese games, which is causing a bit of a negative uproar for some reason. I guess everyone asking for nintendo to get decent 3rd party content never expected it to actually happen.

RE: Junk.
By Samus on 9/14/2012 12:05:30 AM , Rating: 2
Nintendo a small company?

Toyota Denso, Fujitsu Heavy Industrial and Nintendo are among the three largest companies in Japan. Nintendo makes billions of dollars a year. They're no Apple (thank God) but they still have a huge profit margin on consoles, accessories and licensing.

They are the most profitable and largest in revenue videogame company in the world.

RE: Junk.
By someguy123 on 9/15/2012 4:18:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hence the comparison to two other companies....

RE: Junk.
By someguy123 on 9/15/2012 4:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
Also nintendo ended up taking a gigantic chunk of their total available cash recently according to their earnings reports, likely to produce the wiiU, so I really doubt they would've been able to overspec this thing even if they wanted to.

RE: Junk.
By Wolfpup on 9/14/2012 9:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
Does it? I've seen absolutely nothing to indicate that it does. The assumption is it'll be about as good to a little bit better, but there's no actual indication of that, and nothing Nintendo has said or shown so far looks as good as better games on the other two consoles.

RE: Junk.
By ChronoReverse on 9/14/2012 10:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
Simply by outputting 1080p, that alone implies 4x the capability. Keep in mind, both the 360 and the PS3 currently render at 720p and upscale to 1080p. In fact, for the earlier games, they even had to render at slightly below 720p!

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