WiiU = $340, WiiU GamePad = $175

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Nintendo has finally announced the release of the WiiU, said to be “20 times” more powerful than the Wii but suspected to be less powerful than the PS3, with it getting a Japanese release on December 8th and prices starting at some $340 for the normal model, with the controller alone costing $175.

Japanese prices are set at ¥26,250 for the “basic” model (¥25,000 excluding consumption tax), and ¥31,500 for the “premium” model.

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The basic model has 8GB of storage and a white pad indicating poverty, whilst the premium model has 32GB, a black pad signifying eliteness, a stand, dock and voucher for Nintendo’s premium network, although in performance terms they are apparently identical with both sporting 1080p HDMI.

The WiiU GamePad costs ¥13,440 when sold separately. Initial games including Super Mario Bros. U are set at the usual massively inflated Japanese prices of ¥5,000-6,000, and so will presumably be priced normally elsewhere.

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Nintendo has not yet announced international pricing and release details (a US announcement is due shortly), but given the gaming industry tradition of offering bargain US prices whilst overcharging everyone else, US prices starting at $299 do not seem unlikely.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 14/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yay, another console to play Mario and Zelda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yay, more Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good enough reason for a Mario and Zelda fan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 14/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Is it hacked yet?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 14/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Give it one more week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They still haven't even hacked the 3DS, or even the DSi, for that matter. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No one cares about the DSi, also there's tons of flashcards that work on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 14/09/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    You're a cheap bastard. Get a job, bum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 14/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    u mad bro?

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    Comment by Dia
    22:57 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is this really how you want to spend your hard-earned money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 14/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Will it blend?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Will it make julienne fries?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    can it make phone calls and surf the internet?

    who the hell wants a giant pad to control their games with?

    I'll stick with my Xbox 360 thankyouverymuch!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 20/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ha! suck a dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Can you use your penis instead of the gamepad in order to pay porn games on the Wii U?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure you'll need the gamepad, but what you point at it with is up to you.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    01:42 14/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    all this crap is just gimmick. kinect, move, wii u, i tried all this motion crap and all it does i collect dust. I'd rather have fun playing a game relaxing sitting down with a normal controller in my hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and id rather just use a keyboard and mouse but alas the nintendo system is the only legal way to play the new zeldas and other games so we will have to suffer the gimmickery

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zelda's been garbage ever since it became a puzzle-fest piece of shit, it's not a even game/toy anymore - just a retarded jigsaw puzzle

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 20/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have never played zelda in your life have you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just as planned?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:50 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoken like a true gamer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, only Kinect and Move gimmicks because they are throw away, tacked on features. The Upad and wii-mote are not gimmicks as they are intended methods of play.

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    Comment by Didier
    00:49 14/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    you wanna waste your money? Go ahead and buy Nintendo stuff

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well I could go waste my money on a Kinect or Move. Oh wait, thats right, people laughed at the Wii and it did just fine, then Sony and Microsoft jumped on the motion sensing band wagon. Can't wait to see how they try ripping off Nintendo later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    u r both retarded for arguing

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because arguing makes you retarded apparently. Anyway, to get the full potential out of the WiiU, you need to have then console, the special controller and three normal. That's a crapload of cash.

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    Comment by Tre Carthage
    09:05 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    correction, 4 actual. and if you owned a wii, you probably have 4 of the fuckin' things already

    though 5 person gaming seems pretty cool

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why, Nintendo was the company that ripped of Sonys PS3/PSvita compatibility, just that the PS3 and the PSVita is more powerfull.

    They also now rip off the black color :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still cheaper then Xbox360+kinect and kinect alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    kinect/move is for faggots

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    Comment by Imyou
    01:07 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But why get Kinect? And besides, making a sandwich is cheaper than going out for dinner somewhere. Do you play games to "get the job done" or to enjoy them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they'll do what they did with the 3ds and cut the price a bit or a limited edition...
    Ha Ha Ha what the hell am i saying of course they won't.

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    13:30 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i can already see the commercials. WII U play with us?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It won't be region-free = hackers will tear it apart.

    Nintendo is just too stupid to realize that simple steps like region freedom are actually much more helpful than any nifty anti-piracy architecture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not Nintendo; it's Japan.

    All they care about is limiting reverse importing, regional sales figures & licensing fees.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh, that's why the PS3, PSP and PSVita are regionfree and XBox 360 isn't! :O
    Oh wait, Sony is a japanese company and Microsoft american *gasp*

    Comment by Anonymous

    shows how much you know dip shit. this day and age the consoles aren't region coded, its the game its self that prevents the OS on the console from working. Hence, why when i bought max anarchy for my AMERICAN xbox 360 it booted up like a dream and on top of that i still got achievements. its the maker of the games that create the region code. none of the consoles currently out have region coding on it. you just have to find the games that aren't region coded. but good luck with that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    175 for the controller? I'm sorry but I bet you hard money that a 10" tablet you can buy for 175 by year's end will probably have more horsepower than this total piece of crap, and additionally should be able to accept a nice usb gamepad and have hdmi out to shoehorn into a game console.

    I certainly hope this all goes down in flames. Majorly expensive for subpar very locked down hardware. Those days are over, or should be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Back to my keyboard and mouse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This will be yet another nintendo console that fails due to annoying controls, lack of 3rd party dev support due to said controller. Why can't nintendo learn to just use a normal controller, after how their last like.. well pretty much every console after snes has never done near as well as it should have. They never learn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The controller is pretty much a standard controller though, with a big touchscreen in the middle. Porting games over should be pretty straightforward, though I imagine most developers will add at least basic features like map or inventory support on the controller screen. The console supports the classic controller as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that is why the Wii U will fail unlike the Wii, this trash is trying to compete with ps3/360 instead of doing what Wii did

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    > And that is why the Wii U will fail unlike the Wii, this trash is trying to compete with ps3/360 instead of doing what Wii did

    Did you mean PS4 and X720? As that's how it will be after a while...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The wii was shit and if its lower than the ps3 it an absolute failure already and it costs 400 bucks for a set...........i would rather just buy a new computer than this trash

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >controller costs as much as a handheld

    nope.avi

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But... what if I want the deluxe model, but I want it in white? :<

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    can't get it in white unless you downgrade...LOL.

    Wii U = fail.

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    Comment by warjoke
    10:47 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Patiently waiting for Love plus on this damn console.

    provided, not another FOREVER ARONE korean guy marries his Wii U Love plus GF.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >sees pricing
    More like the WiiFU in the ass, mouth & cunt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sankaku users with their typical foresight and intelligence are already bashing a console WHICH HASN'T been released yet. Also, criticising graphics is very mature.
    I'm excited by some of these titles and might buy it at launch.





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