Nintendo held a preview event for their upcoming Wii U earlier today.There they announced that the system would be available in North America on November 18th. Europe can expect the console on November 30th.
Nintendo also announced that the Wii U would be available across two different SKUs. In North America, a “basic” bundle will be sold for $299.99, which includes a white Wii U console with eight gigabytes of internal storage, a Wii U GamePad, AC adapters, a Wii sensor bar, and an HDMI cable. A “deluxe” bundle retailing for $349.99 will replace the white 8GB console with a black 32GB unit, while also adding a copy of Nintendo Land and a GamePad charging cradle.
In Europe, pricing for the console bundles will vary from retailer to retailer.
Nintendo also confirmed details about the system’s various controllers to Polygon. Representatives told the news site that the Wii U Pro Controller, which closely resembles the Xbox 360 controller, would be available at launch for $49.99. Nintendo hasn’t disclosed a price for the Wii U GamePad, however, and it will not be available to purchase separately from the console at launch, as none of the launch window games support multiple GamePads. Nintendo states that they will announce a price and make extra Wii U GamePads available “once the content is there to support it.”