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Nintendo Wii U now on sale

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Nov 2012 14:49

Nintendo Wii U now on sale With high demand and seemingly tight supply, the Nintendo Wii U has gone on sale today in the U.S.
The console is the first of the next generation of systems, and is notable for its use of a tablet-esque controller, dubbed the GamePad. Additionally, the company will add a new TV-viewing service next month, called TVii.

"The value of Wii U goes well beyond day one," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's North America president. "Nintendo will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new services for Wii U owners."

While analysts have suggested that Nintendo should move away from hardware and concentrate on making games based on their extremely popular characters (Pokemon, Mario, Link, etc) for smartphones and tablets, executives will not even consider it. Instead, the company continues to innovate on the hardware side, looking to create a "ground breaking experience," notes Fils-Aime.

The Wii U Basic and Deluxe bundles are on sale now, with the base model costing $300 and the deluxe edition selling for $350. The base model will include the Wii U console with 8GB memory and the Wii U GamePad in all white. The deluxe edition comes with 32GB and a GamePad charging cradle. Additionally, it will come bundled with the game NintendoLand.

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