Good morning everyone, and welcome.
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.
We will have a chat session here for about 30 minutes prior to the 10 am ET conference start time.
For those who didn't see it, Nintendo announced the Japanese launch date and pricing for the Wii U last night.
It's due out there on December 8th, with two different bundles.
A basic bundle gets you the console with 8GB of storage, a gamepad, HDMI, and AC adapter cables.
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.
I expect those prices in Japan won't be the same here in the U.S.
Gamepad will be roughly $175 if you convert from the yen. I'm guessing U.S. pricing will be more like $149
We were guessing at pricing yesterday in the office. Consensus seems to be $249 for the basic bundle in the U.S.
Comments from 9:30 to 10, show itself at 10
Live video link is above in the scorecard. Nintendo hasn't made an embeddable stream available to the press.
Hello all. After a bit of a delay, the CNET team is settling into its seats at the event.
Seems kind of skippable, but I'm service averse. Don't even have Xbox Live Gold.
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.
I don't expect European pricing today, but who knows.
If you mean a controller without the built-in screen, I don't believe Nintendo mentioned anything to that effect yesterday.
I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo also made a big first-party game announcement today.