Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Nintendo Wii U on sale Nov. 18; what you need to know

Ian Paul | Nov. 19, 2012
Nintendo's Wii U gaming console hits store shelves in the United States on Sunday, November 18, and the new console is already garnering criticism for missing some key features Nintendo promised.

Nintendo's Wii U gaming console hits store shelves in the United States on Sunday, November 18, and the new console is already garnering criticism for missing some key features Nintendo promised.

TVii, a social and interactive TV programming guide won't ship until December, and video-streaming apps for Amazon on Demand, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and YouTube also are no shows at launch. And if you're planning on storing a lot of data on your brand new Wii such as games and other digital content, you'd better opt for buying the top-end model or invest in some dedicated external hard drives.

Wii U basics

The Wii U will still be sold in two models, basic and deluxe. The $300 basic model features 8GB of storage and the $350 deluxe model has 32GB.

Despite criticisms, the Wii U is already generating excitement among gamers, critics, and analysts. Best Buy plans midnight release events at its locations across the U.S., and some prospective Wii U owners are already lining up at the Nintendo World store in New York City, CNET reports.

If you're planning to get a Wii U this holiday season, you may want to buy one sooner rather than later. Market research firm IHS Screen Digest expects Nintendo to sell 3.5 million Wii U consoles worldwide by the end of December, and the demand will result in supply shortages during the holiday season. In late October, Nintendo said it expected to have Wii U supply problems during the holidays.

It's not clear how many Wii U consoles will be sold in the coming days, but most major retailers have already sold out of their pre-order stock. So anyone who wants a Wii U will have to take their chances and line up for the device on the 18th. The other alternative is to submit to skyrocketing prices by resellers on Amazon and eBay where prices currently range from $450 to $550 for the Wii U deluxe.

But hold on Super Mario fans. Before you get caught up in the Wii U excitement and slap down your hard-earned cash for a new console, there's a lot more that you need to know about Nintendo's Wii U. And it's not all good news. Let's look.

What's included?

The basic $300 Wii U includes a console with 8GB of storage, a GamePad touch screen controller, a sensor bar, HDMI cables, and separate AC adapters for the GamePad and the console.

The $350 deluxe model features everything you get in the basic package, except you get 32GB onboard storage, plus a console stand, a GamePad stand, a GamePad charging cradle, and the Nintendo Land game.

 

1  2  3  Next Page 

Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.