Wii

Last week we asked our truck driver community if they traveled with gaming consoles. Many don’t (since why bother when there’s so many great games for mobile phones), but many said they did to pass the time during a restart period. Most truck drivers were traveling with Playstation 3 systems, but when they were at home, many enjoyed the group play of the original Nintendo Wii. They aren’t alone – Nintendo sold nearly 100 million units worldwide since the debut in 2006.

Cut to June 2011, when Nintendo first unveiled the prototypes for their powerful new Wii U gaming system. The gamer world caught fire once again as the company clearly began to play it’s own tune, instead of attempting to compete with the hardcore systems like the X-Box and Playstation. The controller unit for the system is one of a kind and one can only imagine how it will be incorporated into the experience.

Now cut to today in New York City, as Nintendo just unveiled the release date and prices of the packages for the Wii U. As reported this morning at IGN News, The Wii U will come in 2 different packages – the Basic and the Deluxe.

“The Basic set will have 8GB of memory and includes the console, a GamePad, an HDMI cable, a sensor bar and an AC adapter. The basic set will be $299.99 in the United States. The Deluxe set will have 32GB of internal memory and includes everything in the Basic configuration, plus a GamePad charging cradle, a stand for the GamePad and a stand for the console itself, plus a copy of Nintendo Land. The Deluxe set will be $349.99 in the United States.”

Pre-order the Nintendo Wii U system at Gamestop.com before it releases on November 18th.

IGN released a rumor video last week that showed a close up demonstration of the large controller for the system that has an integrated LCD touchscreen.

You can watch that video here:

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To see more videos of the Nintendo Wii U in action, visit IGN Gaming News here.

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