Gallery: The Wii U has arrived

The Wii U is here! Sort of. Nintendo has begun shipments of its new gaming console, a device that is certainly going to be one of the hot items this holiday season. Media outlets around the world have begun to receive their units to test the device, and stores are likely filling their backrooms at this time as well.

We’ll have a full review on the hardware itself next week, along with several of the launch title games, but we wanted to give you a look at what Wii U buyers can expect when they get their new console home and unbox it for the first time.

The Wii U will be available as two bundles: Basic and Deluxe. Basic will set you back $299.99, and the Premium/Deluxe hits $349.99. The Basic model comes with 8GB of storage, while the Deluxe (seen here) comes with all the same cables, as well as 32GB of storage, the Nintendo Land game, a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription, and stands for both the Wii U and GamePad. In all other regards, the systems are identical, just with a different color scheme.

Nintendo also sent along the Wii U Pro Controller, which comes in two colors, black and white.

Check back with us next week for a detailed review of the hardware, as well as plenty of launch coverage for the Wii U.