U.S. retailers this week began fitting stores with kiosk units for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U two weeks before launch of the new hardware.
The kiosk unit displays the new Wii U hardware in a plastic case and allows customers to use the new Wii U GamePad to select information about the hardware and software. When selected from the GamePad, a built-in LCD displays video content for the product.
Each title held an option to demo the software titles, but none were selectable at the time.
Nintendo will sell the Wii U in the U.S. Nov. 18 in two product SKUs.
The Basic Set will include the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar at $299.99.
The Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad in Black, 32GB storage, GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for the GamePad and Console, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Land at $349.99.
The Wii U is backwards compatible with most Wii games and accessories, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Wii Balance Board.