Nintendo Brings Wii U to the U.S.

Nintendo Launches New-Generation Console

by Anton Shilov
11/19/2012 | 12:03 AM

On Sunday Nintendo finally started to sell its new video game console. The Nintendo Wii U is supposed to bring hardcore and mainstream together. Besides, the Wii U brings innovative tablet-like game controller.

 

Consumers had the chance to be among the first in the world to purchase the Wii U console when the clock stroke midnight on November 18 at Nintendo World in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime was there to count down the launch and sell a new Wii U to the first consumer in line. Fans waiting in line got premium items during the event.

Nintendo Wii U is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor equipped with 1GB of system memory as well as a modern custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit with high-definition graphics and video support that is equipped with 1GB of graphics memory. The consoles come with 32GB or 8GB of NAND flash storage and an optical drive to read custom discs. 

The main feature of the game console is its unique Wii U GamePad controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories.

Nintendo Wii U consolel lands in the U.S. on November 18, then in Europe on November 30, then in Japan on December 8, 2012. In the U.S., the basic bundle will cost $299, the premium bundle be available for $349. In Europe, the basic white version will be sold for €299/£249, while the deluxe black will carry €349/£299 price-tag. In Japan, the white and black Wii U will cost ¥26250 and ¥31500, respectively.