Nintendo has announced the Wii U will be released in the UK and Europe on Friday, November 30th.
That’s a full week before the December 8th launch date announced for Japan this morning.
As with the Japanese launch, there will be two SKUs of Wii U available on Day One. The white Basic pack will include a 8GB Wii U console, one GamePad and AC adapters.
Meanwhile, the black Premium pack will contain a 32GB Wii U, one GamePad, all the accessories featured in the Basic pack, plus extras such as a charging stand and Premium subscription for discounted download games – same as the Japanese bundle.
However, European consumers that pick up the Premium pack will also get a copy of NintendoLand and a Wii Sensor Bar with the Premium SKU. NintendoLand will also be released separately.
Buyers of the Basic pack will be able to pick up a new accessory pack called the Wii Remote Plus Additional Set, which contains a Wii Remote Plus, nunchuk and sensor bar.
Nintendo of Europe chief Satoru Shibata explained that these will not be available in the lower SKU as the platform holder expects most Basic buyers to already own a Wii. Presumably, this line of thinking is the reason for the lack of NintendoLand and sensor bar in both Japanese SKUs.
As expected, Nintendo did not specify RRPs for European markets, but MCV is currently in contact with retailers to find out how their are pricing the new console.
Shibata also confirmed Wii U GamePads will be sold separately. Again, no price was given.