A new improved Wii is much over due.  If you own the current gen Wii then you know this all too well, as it doesn’t offer an HD connection or gaming experience that is remotely analogous to that of the Xbox 360 or PS3.

Good news.  Today Nintendo announced that the Wii U will go on sale November 18th.  The base model, which includes 8GB of storage, will cost $299.99 and include the white Wii and Wii U Gamepad.  Parting with an additional $50 will net four times the storage (32GB) in addition to a black Wii U, black Wii U GamePad, GamePad cradle, Wii U console stand, and Nintendo Land.

Starting today you’ll be able to preorder the Wii exclusively from Gamestop, along with other Wii games including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros. U and Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition.  We’re not sure when we’ll see preorders emerge on other sites, such as Amazon, but safe to say they’ll be available from other outlets before the launch date.  That said, Gamestop is offering preorder customers a variety of discounts via a trade in scheme that is aggressively targeted at its competitors as well as the older generation Wii.  They are as follows:

  • $50 trade credit for a Wii
  • $90 trade credit for an Xbox 360 (original), PS Vita or 3DS
  • $115 trade credit for a PS3 (original) or Xbox 360 (slim)
  • $140 trade credit for a PS3 (slim)

You can tack on an additional $10 to the above amounts if you’re a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member. Whooptydoo.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."