Nintendo has this morning confirmed a December 8th launch for the Wii U in Japan.
More interesting, though, is the price. The console will come in two flavours – a Basic set that will retail for 26,250 (210) and a Premium set for 31,500 (250). Additional Gamepads will cost just under 110 a piece.
We’ll find out for certain what this means for Europe at Nintendo’s second event, taking place at 3pm UK time. But in the mean time here’s a selection of tweets that paint a very mixed response:
If the Wii U prices stays the same as suggested thens its pretty good when you think thats its a next gen console
— Matt Roche (@mjroche) September 13, 2012
— Slumbdog 🚀🐶 (@si_lumb) September 13, 2012
If you think the Wii U pricing is bad, BOY HOWDY you're not gonna like E3 next year!
— Sean Bell (@CaptainToss) September 13, 2012
Size of memory storage on Wii U clearly highlights Nintendo's online strategy.
— Stuart Turner (@OnlyOneT) September 13, 2012
@BenParfitt £250 doesn't do it for me. £180 plus £70 on games, sure. But not £250 then games on top of that. I'll just go Wonderbook 4 Xmas.
— Wesley Copeland (@Wesley_Copeland) September 13, 2012
So the Wii U has a 8GB of storage, the same as my original Xbox and a quarter of my phone’s memory. Good job, Nintendo.
— Alan Williamson (@AGBear) September 13, 2012
@BenParfitt pretty worrying that it's out in Japan so late in the year – I fear a Q1 2013 release for Europe/US
— Kai Howard (@Kai159) September 13, 2012
@BenParfitt Also, Nintendo will regret it if they don't manage to release it in UK&US in time for Christmas.
— Brian Ashford (@BrianBloodaxe) September 13, 2012
The Wii U will cost £210 in Japan but in Europe it will cost £700 and will just be a box of spiders. I'm not convinced!
— Steve Hogarty (@misterbrilliant) September 13, 2012