Nintendo Wii U press conference

Nintendo will unveil new details about its upcoming game console, the Wii U.

  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:30:15 PM
    Good morning everyone, and welcome.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:30:20 PM
    CNET editors Jeff Bakalar, Roger cheng, and Dan Ackerman will be covering the event live from inside Nintendo's press conference here in New York City.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:30:31 PM
    We will have a chat session here for about 30 minutes prior to the 10 am ET conference start time.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:30:46 PM
    For those who didn't see it, Nintendo announced the Japanese launch date and pricing for the Wii U last night.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:30:55 PM
    It's due out there on December 8th, with two different bundles.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:31:02 PM
    A basic bundle gets you the console with 8GB of storage, a gamepad, HDMI, and AC adapter cables.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:31:14 PM
    The premium bundle has all of those accessories, 32GB of storage, stands for the console and game pad, a gamepad charging station, and a free subscription to Nintendo's new Network Premium service, which offers a variety of discounts and points towards digital content purchases.
  • Bobby A 9/13/2012 1:32:24 PM
    wow a console that comes with hdmi cords
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:32:28 PM
    Crazy, right?
  • charles crowley 9/13/2012 1:32:47 PM
    yeah the black is 32
  • Jeph 9/13/2012 1:32:59 PM
    Wow, they're not giving that away O_O $400 some dollars? I think I'll pass on the expensive bundle.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:33:20 PM
    I expect those prices in Japan won't be the same here in the U.S.
  • LSU 9/13/2012 1:33:25 PM
    Yeah but it supports USB flash memory so it could be cheaper just to use a memory stick for the extra memory.
  • manny2783 9/13/2012 1:33:34 PM
    How much u think gamepad will cost
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:34:03 PM
    Gamepad will be roughly $175 if you convert from the yen. I'm guessing U.S. pricing will be more like $149
  • LSU 9/13/2012 1:34:09 PM
    Prices should be about 20% cheaper in the U.S.
  • The Steve 9/13/2012 1:34:12 PM
    I'm praying the release date is different for us.... I'll be out of the country on the 8th...
  • Benicio 9/13/2012 1:34:18 PM
    Not sure I care about the 5% off digital purchases...if I buy a physical game copy and eventually sell it on amazon trade in for 20-25 bucks....its a better deal
  • Mick 9/13/2012 1:34:20 PM
    Hard to believe this wouldn't come out until
    December. Wouldn't Nintendo want to cash in on Black Friday shopping in the US?
  • Benjamin Glass 9/13/2012 1:34:27 PM
    The remotes are rechargeable? Great, no more looking for batteries!
  • charles crowley 9/13/2012 1:34:35 PM
    how much do you think the wii u will be in the usa
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:35:01 PM
    We were guessing at pricing yesterday in the office. Consensus seems to be $249 for the basic bundle in the U.S.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:35:08 PM
    Again, just a guess
  • Matthew Blankenship 9/13/2012 1:35:12 PM
    i thought the show started at 930am? is it just the comments that started at 930?
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:35:23 PM
    Comments from 9:30 to 10, show itself at 10
  • lobmo 9/13/2012 1:35:31 PM
    Is that a charging stand on the premium? :)
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:35:33 PM
    yup
  • ForeverandAGame 9/13/2012 1:35:38 PM
    Is there going to be live video available for the press release in new york?
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:36:02 PM
    Live video link is above in the scorecard. Nintendo hasn't made an embeddable stream available to the press.
  • TouchedArtist 9/13/2012 1:36:14 PM
    @MICK, they won't have any available on black friday...I have a feeling this is going to be just like the wii. Mom's chasing the UPS guy and thinking they know what the boxes look like. #wiiU
  • Roger Cheng 9/13/2012 1:36:30 PM
    Hello all. After a bit of a delay, the CNET team is settling into its seats at the event.
  • Benicio 9/13/2012 1:36:42 PM
    Rich - Thoughts on Premium Service? other than 5% off digital purchases
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:37:00 PM
    Seems kind of skippable, but I'm service averse. Don't even have Xbox Live Gold.
  • AP 9/13/2012 1:37:05 PM
    @Rich Brown Do you think European price and release will be announced today?
  • Roger Cheng 9/13/2012 1:37:14 PM
    The event is being held at Center 548, on the west side of Manhattan. It's the same space as the Nokia event from week.
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:37:16 PM
    I don't expect European pricing today, but who knows.
  • Sebastian R. 9/13/2012 1:37:38 PM
    I Think the Premium Bundlein the States will come with Nintendo Land, as Wii Sports with the original Wii
  • LSU 9/13/2012 1:37:44 PM
    It's 10% off digital from what we've heard.
  • Omar Hazar 9/13/2012 1:37:53 PM
    I'd rather wait a few months, Nintendo's launching the Wii U at a very high price point, it is average for a newly released console however... Also it's coming without many of the legacy launch titles, heck we haven't heard any news from Samus or Zelda!
  • i think the only thing that... 9/13/2012 1:38:05 PM
    Points for Nintendo for showing East Coast some love for once, unlike all the other big companys lol
  • Benicio 9/13/2012 1:38:31 PM
    Any insight from japan as to cost of normal xbox style controller?
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:38:58 PM
    If you mean a controller without the built-in screen, I don't believe Nintendo mentioned anything to that effect yesterday.
  • LSU 9/13/2012 1:39:04 PM
    Zelda should be complete in 2014. They were aiming for a late '13 release to compete with other consoles but it just isn't feasible.
  • manny2783 9/13/2012 1:39:08 PM
    Do u think they will show better games then what they been showing for the last few months
  • Rich Brown 9/13/2012 1:39:33 PM
    I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo also made a big first-party game announcement today.
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