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Wii U starts at $299 in the US

North America RRP rises to $349 with the premium model; Release date set for November 18th

Nintendo will sell the Wii U across North America at a price beginning at $299, Nintendo has revealed.

The next generation Nintendo console will come in two separate models. The basic version comes packaged with an 8GB flash drive and HDMI cable and cost $299.

A premium edition, comes with a 32GB hard drive, along with additional stands for the games machine and a charging dock for its touchscreen controller. It will cost $349.

Nintendo revealed the details at a special press conference in New York, hours after it held a press conference for its Japan audience.

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In Japan, the system will cost 31,500 yen (£252/$405) for a premium model and 26,250 yen (£210/$338) for a basic edition.

A free copy of Nintendo Land will come packaged with the console.

Yesterday CVG spoke to five leading consultants and analysts in the games industry to examine which Wii U price Nintendo can afford to set, and the pressures that will determine the company's decisions.

The consensus between five analysts was that Nintendo must sell the console for less than $299 in the US, and preferably less than $249.

Nintendo of Europe today revealed a Wii U release date of November 30. The Wii U price will be set between £199 and £280 in the UK, according to retail outlets.

The Nintendo Wii U is available for pre-order in the UK through: Game | Play.com | ShopTo | Tesco | Amazon

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