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9/13 North American Wii U Preview

By Kevin on Sep 13 2012 08:17 AM
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Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime hosted today's Wii U Preview event, which commenced at 10 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) and concluded at 11AM EST. The presentation covered Wii U details such as release date and pricing information, hardware and software details and various other bits of information. Here's a roll-up of what what gathered during the hour-long event.

Release Date Information
  • November 18th, 2012
Pricing Information
Basic Package (8GB) $299.99
  • White Console
  • Wii U GamePad
  • Wii U AC Adapter
  • Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • Wii U Sensor Bar
Deluxe package (32GB) 349.99
  • Black Console
  • Wii U GamePad
  • Wii U AC Adapter
  • Wii U GamePad AC Adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • Wii U Sensor Bar
  • GamePad Charging Cradle
  • GamePad and Console Stands
  • Bundled with Nintendo Land
Hardware Information
  • Nintendo Network Premium - Monthly subscription, 10% games
  • Both Black and White models available at launch
Software Information
  • Disc size - 25GB with a transfer speed of 22.5 MB/s
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (launch title) - Digital and Retail
  • Nintendo Land (launch title) - Digital and Retail
  • Nintendo TVii
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • GamePad let's you Tweet and post to Facebook at specific parts of a video or movie
  • Bayonetta 2
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Wipeout 3
  • James Bond 007 Legends
  • Transformers Prime The Game


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It really surprises me that Nintendo went the route of system packages like Microsoft and Sony. I am glad to see though that they did not go with a base package with no storage like Microsoft.  That really hurts developers or consumers because you never know which they will have.  Still even at 32GB thats pretty small for HD games, which is probably why the need for a faster Optical drive was necessary because they would have to stream more content from the disc faster to minimize load times.  I never reached my max on my Wii, but I'm not a heavy gamer either, and I split my purchases across PC, Wii and PS3.
Multi-platform gaming is expensive lol
I am happy with the options except for the color of the deluxe package. I would have been happier if each package had the options of colors since i really want a white wii u but 8 gb is too small for me. also the inclusion of the stands and nintendo land really force my hand. the black system does not represent nintendo to me.
I have to say the new Wii U is about to released at Christmas but dedicated for December 21, 2012: The world is about to blow out.
I'm sorry guys, but i saw the bad news on YouTube.
I'm still wondering why Nintendo has to go and be all racist. The black model Wii U is premium and the white model Wii U is basic. A lot of people have already written that off as a "heh, OK," but I'm curious to know more about that marketing decision. Does this have to do with some kind of demographical statistic, or is this completely political? Frankly, it pisses me off that consumers are being limited to one color or the other if they want a "better" model.

View PostKevin, on 13 September 2012 - 04:59 PM, said:

Frankly, it pisses me off that consumers are being limited to one color or the other if they want a "better" model.

I'm assuming that you was planning on purchasing a white Wii U before this announcement?

View PostKing Mika, on 13 September 2012 - 05:33 PM, said:

I'm assuming that you was planning on purchasing a white Wii U before this announcement?

Nope, it's irrelevant. I want to know why consumers don't have the option.

View PostKevin, on 13 September 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Nope, it's irrelevant. I want to know why consumers don't have the option.

Nintendo could have pulled a Sony/Microsoft and release one color; whatever the case, I'm guessing that retailers doesn't want to stock 4 different Wii U models.
I highly doubt that politics would factor into Nintendo's choices in this instance. The best I can come up with is keeping some sort of consistency between the Wii U and the 3DS, but given the ridiculous multitude of colour choices for the 3DS, that doesn't really hold any solid water D:

Aside from that, I've been trying to decide whether I wanted the black or white colour for ages, so this does nothing but ultimately sell me on the black console. If I have trouble deciding in most cases, it brings me great joy when someone decides for me, so I can stop stressing over it.

Mostly, though, I'm upset that Australia and Europe have to wait until November 30 for the Wii U.

View PostKevin, on 13 September 2012 - 04:59 PM, said:

I'm still wondering why Nintendo has to go and be all racist. The black model Wii U is premium and the white model Wii U is basic. A lot of people have already written that off as a "heh, OK," but I'm curious to know more about that marketing decision. Does this have to do with some kind of demographical statistic, or is this completely political? Frankly, it pisses me off that consumers are being limited to one color or the other if they want a "better" model.

Exactly. This is not a good decision to force consumers hand in such a way. Thinking more clearly about the issue I have to conclude that it is do to Nintendo's attempt to meet shipment demands. This could be the only way they could get these built in a more timely manner. One line for white with the specific specs and one with black with the other. I am still disappointed though.

Kevin, on 13 September 2012 - 04:59 PM, said:

Frankly, it pisses me off that consumers are being limited to one color or the other if they want a "better" model.

Xbox did the same thing, the Black 360 had much more storage, plus xbox live features that the white one didnt.
Yea, but you have the ability to manually switch HDD's with the Xbox 360. So, you could've gotten the weakest one, if you preferred the colour, then just swapped the HDD for a bigger one. With the Wii U? Not so much. Sure, you can connect a massive external drive, but the internal drive is sealed.

Who knows, maybe Nintendo will ease up on the choice after launch, but who knows when that will be. Those guys aren't known for price cuts, after all.