Nintendo will begin selling Wii U in the United States starting November 18! Two different bundles will be available:
The “Basic Set” for the Wii-U will come with white colored hardware and cost $300. This package contains the Wii-U system (duh!) with 8GB of internal storage, the tablet-like Wii-U GamePad, a stylus, IR sensor bar, AC adapters for both the system and GamePad, and an HDMI cable.
The “Deluxe Set” comes with black colored hardware for $350. This model of the Wii-U contains 32GB of internal storage. You get all the hardware included in the basic set plus stands for both the Wii-U and GamePad. You’ll also score a charging cradle for the GamePad and the Nintendo Land game. In addition, you’ll be enrolled in Nintendo’s Deluxe Digital Promotion service that gives you points for every digital download you purchase that may be exchanged for bonus content to be unveiled at a later date.
The Wii-U retains backwards compatibility with “nearly all of your existing Wii games.” The Wii Remote and Nunchuck controllers from the original Wii are still compatible with the new Wii-U. The system includes are web browser, NFC tech allowing objects to communicate with the Wii-U GamePad (think Skylanders), and Nintendo TVii that “enables you to find, watch, and engage with TV shows, movies and sports programming, all from the Wii U GamePad. You can search for programs across Wii U Video Entertainment, TV channels and your own TiVo DVR.”
Software will ship on proprietary Nintendo formatted optical disks capable of holding 25GB.
For more information, check out Nintendo.com/wiiu/