Wii U Release Date and Price Revealed

Newsarama sat in on the Nintendo press conference this morning where COO Reggie Fils-Aime gave the scoop on when we can expect to see the Nintendo Wii U in the states and how much we can expect to shell out of the first of the “next generation” (if the Wii U can really be called that) consoles.

It will be out on Sunday November 18, 2012, just in time for Black Friday shopping, and will come in two flavors:

There will be two configurations, the Basic Set is white, has the console, gamepad, an AC adapter for each, HDMI cable, Wii U Sensor Bar and 8gb of storage.

Deluxe Set has 32gb, a charging cradle, stands for both, and the game Nintendo Land, that includes sampling of all the new controls the gamepad offers. The Deluxe set also includes a special Nintendo download subscription with free and exclusive DLC (sounds a bit like PlayStation Plus at first).

Neither set comes with the Wii Remote or Nunchuck, Reggie says because they work with existing Wii ones.

The Basic is $299.99, and the Deluxe is $349.99

Other sites suggest that, based on the pricing in Japan, the Wii U Gamepad will cost nearly $150, half of the entire console.

So what do you think, geeks? Are you ready to start lining up for the Wii U yet? Is the price right for a more powerful Nintendo system? Or is it not enough to draw you in at this point?

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