Nintendo Unveils Games Console $300 Wii U, Coming Nov. 18

Nintendo has finally revealed the price and release date of its games console Wii U.

The company unveiled its plans to launch Wii U on 18 November in the US, 30 November in Europe, and 8 December in Japan. Photo: Nintendo

After highly discussed iPhone 5 launch on Sept. 12, the attention of the tech world now turns to Nintendo.

Today it was confirmed that the anticipated device will be available in two versions – a basic edition and a deluxe set, which has more storage and associated kit, reports BBC.

According to CNN, the next-generation console Wii U which comes with a large touchscreen controller, will go on sale in the United States on Sunday, Nov. 18 for $300.

A second, “deluxe” version will go at the price of $350 and will be provided with 32 GB of memory (the basic version has 8 GB) and a charging pad/cradle for the GamePad controller, plus some other additions.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the Japanese version will support 1080p HD and is apparently 20 times more powerful than the original Wii.

As reports claim, the games console will offer its userd the ability to carry out in-game tasks, such as checking their inventory or setting an explosive, while the main action continues on their television.

Which is more, gamers will also be able to continue to play a title using Wii U when they do not have access to their main screen.

Though the company believes that it would help “revolutionise” gaming, the device has been criticised for lacking multitouch – the ability to recognise different fingers on a hand.

The gadget is predicted to face a challenge from both Sony and Microsoft who have introduced similar facilities for their existing consoles: the PlayStation 3 can be controlled by the firm’s Vita handheld, while the Xbox 360 can be connected to existing tablet computers via software called SmartGlass.

Satoru Iwata singled out the fact the next-generation games console would launch alongside New Super Mario Bros U – the first time a title in the series’s release date had coincided with a new console in 16 years.

However, there’re games journalists who suggest that the relatively low price of the equipment could help its chances.

“We were all expecting a price point around the £250 mark so it’s good that they’ve gone for this – it will help,” Keza MacDonald, UK games editor at IGN, told reporters.

“Most people expect that the new Xbox and PlayStation will be released at the end of next year and will cost more – so some people may prefer to save up.”

“But many of the consumers that Nintendo is targeting may not be actually be the same audience as for those Microsoft and Sony’s machines – so the issue is whether it can convince the casual, family gamers who bought the original Wii, to upgrade.”

The gadget’s gamers in US and Canada will also be granted access to a new service called TVii allowing them to watch movies and television shows via Amazon Video, Hulu and other products.

However, nothing was mentioned of plans to launch this in Europe.

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