Nintendo have announced launch details for the Wii U, the first ‘next gen’ console or the last, depending on your viewpoint and manufacturer affiliation.
UK and American details are expected this afternoon, but we can make some guesses based on the Japanese information that has emerged in the last hour.
In short, there’ll be two models – a standard and a premium. UK pricing is going to be around £210 for the basic model (which comes with 8gb of storage and will be white) and another £40 for the premium (which has 32gb, and is black). Additional gamepads are expected to cost upwards of £100, such is the price for such technology.
32gb, by anyone’s standards, is not enough for a ‘premium’ console – that thing will fill up very quickly if Nintendo are wanting to push digital downloads.
Both Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will be available separately as both retail and download, suggesting there’s no pack-in for the console this time around, odd after the success of Wii Sports.
Spec wise it’s a 2gb console, with games able to use half of that. We’re also chasing details on something called Nintendo Network Premiuim.
These prices and details, obviously, may differ later today for other markets.