The Wii U will arrive in two different versions – a basic version that includes the console with 8GB of storage on board, the gamepad (with its 6.2-inch touchscreen), power adapters, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable; and a deluxe version which has all the same things with a 32GB version of the console, plus a cradle for the gamepad, a stand for the console, a copy of the Nintendo Land game and a membership for a service to get discounts on downloadable titles for the next few years.
Both versions will be available on November 30 in Australia, with the basic console setting you back $350 and the deluxe version costing $430.
You’ll need to drop a bit more on the console than just that amount though. Most games will use the Wii Motion Plus controller, and if you don’t have any of those lying around, you’ll have to pick some up to enjoy the games. There’s also no word on how much games will cost for the console.
But that said, it does seem pretty cool. Nintendo has announced a service called Nintendo TVii, which lets you remotely watch what’s on the tube on the GamePad, even going so far as to let you access DVR recordings on the remote device. The launch lineup looks pretty comprehensive – especially considered previous console launches.
But whether or not that makes it worth the money is entirely based on how much you trust Nintendo to deliver a console that is more than just a three-month gimmick.
Will you be buying one?
Nick Broughall is the Australian Editor of TechRadar.com, where he gets to indulge his passion for geekery and the lastest technology. He is also the Editor of EFTM.com.au, where he gets to indulge his passion for manliness, from sampling fine liquor to the joys of growing a beard. It’s a pretty good life, really.