Nintendo’s upcoming video game console the Wii U gets Japanese price and release date. The successor to Wii is to hit Japan stores on Dec. 8 in two packages. The ¥26,250 (£209) basic bundle will contain the console, one GamePad and 8GB HDD. The ¥31,500 (£251) premium edition will feature 32GB HDD. Nintendo officially unveiled the new gaming console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 in Los Angeles. The gaming device was codenamed Project Café.
During its Japanese press meet, Nintendo has only announced a pair of major titles; the new small-game collection NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros U. Other titles may come up along with the console releases in Europe and North America, which may soon happen. The Wii fans across the globe are eagerly waiting for the new gaming console. The new version is known for many interesting features including the tablet-like GamePad and others.
Nintendo Wii U: U.K. Price
Industry pundits are shocked to learn that the U.K. version of the game console will have a price more than £200. The previous edition of the console was available for £179.99 and it made a huge success in stores. The company might have decided to go with two versions of the new Wii to comply with different budget customers. Indeed, after the 3DS failure and its resultant price cut might have put the company in need for money with the new gaming device, says analyst.
“A lot of attention is going to focus on the price to start off with, and that’s understandable,” says Michael French, the MCV chief editor. “Nintendo deciding to offer two SKUs suggests it is being mindful of price and trying to create models that are both as affordable as possible for families this Christmas and have appeal to the more dedicated or digital savvy consumer,” Mr. French adds.
“Given Nintendo’s profit-strapped financials in the wake of the 3DS launch price and swift price drop, I imagine this device is priced to include some decent margin for Nintendo to keep investors happy, too,” he adds. However, it is will add a little burden to the fans of the console in the continent. They will have to pay extra for the device.
Nintendo Wii U: Major Features
Wii U GamePad: A tablet-style GamePad is indeed the most amazing thing with the upcoming gaming device. The multitouch-enabled screen seems to be the major controller of the gaming device. It will also act as a standalone screen if you don’t connect the device with television. The controller unit highlights advanced features such as gyroscope, accelerometer, camera, a built-in microphone, dual analog sticks and an NFC chip. However, some analysts are confused of the need for a small screen on the gaming console. “The publisher will need to tell mainstream consumers why they need a smaller screen in their hands while playing games on their television” says The Guardian.
Wii U Pro Controller: It is the second controller for the gaming console that users can buy separately. Similar to the conventional controllers, the Wii U Pro comes with standard control sticks, triggers and buttons. The accessory, which was launched at E3 2012, aims to attract more hardcore gamers to its new gaming console. With the controller, the Nintendo console will be more competitive to Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation systems.
Tech Specs: The new Nintendo gaming console will be equipped with a muscular IBM POWER7-based multi-core processor and a Custom AMD Radeon HD graphical processor. Well, the new Wii U shows off SD memory card slot that supports SDHC cards, four USB 2.0 ports with two at front and two at rear, Sensor Bar power port, HDMI 1.4 port and an AV Multi Out port. The gaming console is further known for its support of NFC and compatibility for network advanced music features. Amazingly, the console is backward compatible to most of Wii games.