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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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Too expensive
By tayb on 9/13/2012 6:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
I like the Wii. I get more fun out of the Wii than I do with my 360 or PS3. Not much beats getting together for mario kart or super smash bros.

Unfortunately I paid $100 for my Wii on craigslist with a boat load of accessories and that was about as much as I would be willing to pay. At $300 it needs to have some serious value and that value needed to include blu-ray, much larger hard drive, better graphics capabilities, etc. I think Nintendo is in trouble.

RE: Too expensive
By ChronoReverse on 9/13/2012 6:43:15 PM , Rating: 3
Supposedly it's native 1080p instead of the 720p scaled to 1080 the 360 and the PS3 does. It also has 4x the RAM of the 360 (and functionally 8x the PS3's split 512MB) so that goes along with the 4x GPU power needed to push 1080p.

So power-wise it's not that bad.

As for the hard drive, you can plug in whatever cheap USB storage you have. Better than charging an arm and leg and trying to "differentiate" models.

RE: Too expensive
By someguy123 on 9/13/2012 9:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not really sure why they differentiate the RAM in their reveal but I'm assuming they have a similar setup to the ps3 with two different RAM pools, so essentially it's 2~4x the 360 and 4x the ps3. Seems like 1gb is much too much for dedicated system ram in a console, though, so maybe it's unified. 2gb pure ram would be pretty substantial considering even most PC games don't go over the 32bit limit.

RE: Too expensive
By TakinYourPoints on 9/14/2012 1:35:20 AM , Rating: 3
It isn't different RAM pools, it is different local storage sizes for games and media.

RAM on all hardware will be the same, it has to be since there needs to be a uniform baseline spec for developers.

RE: Too expensive
By someguy123 on 9/15/2012 4:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
What? The wiiU's specs are 1gb of system RAM and 1gb of ram "for games". It actually is two ram pools.

I'm not referring to the NAND storage.

RE: Too expensive
By Samus on 9/13/2012 11:56:16 PM , Rating: 3
Unfortunately I paid $100 for my Wii on craigslist with a boat load of accessories...

Come again? How is that unfortunate?

RE: Too expensive
By tayb on 9/14/2012 9:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
Haha. Really poor wording. Unfortunate for Nintendo because that is about the maximum I was willing to pay for the wii. I would be willing to pay maybe $200 for the wii U but not $300+

RE: Too expensive
By SPOOFE on 9/14/2012 3:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
It's just a matter of time for you, then. You're just a "I won't buy it at launch" person. That means if and when you do buy it cheap, there'll also be a slew of games for you, also for cheap.

Go you. Patience has its rewards.

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