Wii U Release Date, Price, and Specs Announced – Starting at $299.99

Revealed during its Wii U preview event today, the console will be released in North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 30 this year.

The Basic 8GB console will be available for $299.99, which includes the console, GamePad, AC adapter, sensor bar and HDMI cable.

The Deluxe 32GB variety will be available for $349.99, which includes the above with Nintendo Land, a charging cradle and stand for the GamePad, and a stand for the console itself.

Over 50 titles will be available in the console’s launch window, including Assassin’s Creed III, Darksiders 2 and ZombiU. Nintendo defines this window as being from November 18, 2012 to March 31, 2013.


Here are the rest of the technical specifications.

– Supports full 1080p
– “GPGPU” used
– Main memory: 1GB
– System memory: 1GB
– Total memory is 2GB
– Games only use 1GB of main memory
– System memory is for the OS
– Can use the browser while playing
– Game discs are 25GB
– Discs run at 22.5 MB/s
– Uses up to 75 watts of electricity
– Typical power usage is 45 watts
– Reconfirmed: import Wii VC and WiiWare games