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Nintendo Wii U Launches Nov. 18

13 Sep, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Nintendo will launch its next-generation gaming platform, the Wii U, on Nov. 18, with an entry-level model priced at $299.99. A deluxe version with higher storage capacity and a new game will be priced at $349.99.

Nintendo will make more than 50 games available at launch. The Wii U will also include a new application, Nintendo TVii, which allows users to search for content across a variety of sources, including all cable and satellite services, TiVo, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and YouTube.

“In just 66 days, Wii U will arrive with the strongest lineup of launch software in Nintendo history,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president and COO. “With the integrated second screen of the included GamePad and features that instantly enhance the way people play games, watch video and interact with each other, consumers will see how Wii U delivers a completely unique experience and a remarkable value right out of the box.”

The basic version of the system features a white console with 8GB of storage, a white GamePad controller, adapters, a motion sensor bar and an HDMI cable. The deluxe set features everything included in the basic set — with the console and controller in black, as well as a Nintendo Land game, 32GB of storage, a console stand, a GamePad charging cradle and a GamePad vertical stand.

“The integrated second screen of the GamePad creates new possibilities for how games can be played and further reflects the innovation Nintendo has poured into the Wii U,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the biggest franchises, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime, in new ways made possible on Wii U.”

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