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Wii U launches November 18 in U.S. at $300, $350 price points
Nintendo of America is kicking off its next generation of consoles on November 18 in the U.S. with the launch of the Wii U "Basic" and "Deluxe" variations.
Nintendo of America is kicking off its next generation of consoles on November 18 in the U.S. with the launch of the Wii U "Basic" and "Deluxe" variations, the company announced at a Thursday press event in New York City. The Basic offering will be $300 -- a $50 increase from the 2006 launch price of the original Wii -- and come with a GamePad and 8 GB of storage space. Wii U's Deluxe model will sell for $350, and include the game collection Nintendo Land, 32 GB of storage and a discount that gives shoppers a "Deluxe Digital" 10 percent discount on certain downloadable titles until 2014. Europe will receive the same Basic and Deluxe sets on November 30, though pricing will be left to distributors to decide. The Wii U hits Japan on December 8 at ¥26,250 ($339) for the Basic set, and ¥31,500 ($407) for a Deluxe set that doesn't come bundled with Nintendo Land. None of the sets includes the Wii U-compatible remote and "nunchuck" controllers that were popularized by the original Wii. Nintendo said it didn't want to require people to buy something that they already own, although the company will sell Wii U-branded remotes, nunchucks and accessories.Nintendo made sure to highlight support from Activision, a key partner for the console maker. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg took the stage, emphasizing that the Wii U is "the most capable Nintendo platform ever, particularly for the types of games we like to make." Activision's Wii U lineup includes Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Skylanders Giants, 007 Legends, Wipeout 3, and Transformers. [Update: Polygon reports that most titles on Wii U will have a suggested retail price of $59.99. That's a $10 increase from the typical suggested price of games on the original Wii, bringing Wii U games more in line with the pricing structure seen on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.] In all, Fils-Aime called the Wii U launch library the "the strongest for any home console in history." Nintendo of America and third-party publishers plan to release more than 50 games for the system between this November and March 2013.