The wait is over: The Wii U will debut two models in November starting at $299

Nintendo announces Wii U price and release date
Wii u everything you need to know pricing launch release date

When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U at E3 2011, the industry sat up and took notice. Nintendo showed just enough to get our blood pumping, but withheld some of the most important details. It wasn’t surprising, but it generated what has arguably been the most asked question in gaming over the last 15 months: When will the Wii U be released, and how much will it cost?

Fast forward a year and change. Today Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain and answered those questions.

Wii U price and release dateThe Wii U will be released in North America on Sunday, November 18.

Nintendo will offer two versions of the system. The first will be called the “Basic Set,” and will contain the Wii U, Wii U gamepad, an AC adapter, and HDMI, 8GB storage, and Wii U Sensor bar. The console in this package will be white, and it will cost $299.

A “Deluxe Set” will also be released, and along with all of the items in the Basic Set, the Deluxe version will include 32GB storage, a stand for the Wii U, a gamepad cradle, and the game Nintendoland. The console itself will be black, and Nintendo President and COO, Reggie Fils-Amie, announced that players who purchase the Deluxe package will receive points for each digital download that can be later used to purchase items from the Nintendo e-shop. More details on that will be coming soon. The Deluxe Set will cost $349.

Fils-Amie also confirmed that the Wii U will be able to use the standard Wii remote controls and nunchucks, as well as most of the games and peripherals. Wii U branded devices will be available shortly, but it won’t require additional purchases for Wii users.

Check back with us all day for more news on the Wii U, including news of the apps the Wii U will support, launch titles, and more. But for now circle November 18 on the calendar, and prepare for the next stage of the console battles to begin.

Gaming

Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 turns the Black Shark into a mini Switch

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has introduced the Gamepad 2.0 for its Black Shark gaming phone that launched earlier this year. The new gamepad is similar to the Switch Joy-Con, with one piece attaching to each side of the phone.
Gaming

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.
Deals

Play ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ the best way with a Switch GameCube controller

If you're a longtime Super Smash Bros. player, then you know there's only one true way to play. Alongside the recent launch of the new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,' Nintendo has brought back the iconic GameCube controller.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.
Gaming

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Gaming

Find the perfect weapon in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' multiplayer with our guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several different guns to choose from in its multiplayer mode, and they're split across multiple classes. Here's a guide to all of them and when you should use them.
Gaming

New ‘Stardew Valley’ content on the way, as game’s maker freezes next project

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone said that he will continue working on new content for the indie farming simulator. The developer previously said that he will devote all his time to his next game, but that has been placed on hold for now.
Gaming

Underwater survival game ‘Subnautica’ free on Epic Games’ online store

The award-winning underwater survival game Subnautica is currently available as a free download on the Epic Games store. The Steam challenger looks to attract players with a new free game every two weeks.