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Monday, 19th November 2012
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Nintendo's Wii U launches in the US

Nintendo's Wii U console was launched in the US yesterday (November 18th) and is the first new home video game system to hit the market in six years.

It aims to "change the landscape of games and entertainment" through its introduction of the new Wii U GamePad controller, with over 30 launch-day games for a variety of players.

"Wii U is an 'everyday' connected device – offering a combination of games, entertainment, online connectivity and social activity that will make people want to interact with it daily," said Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer, Reggie Fils-Aime.

At USD$299.99 (£188.56), the Wii U Basic Set includes a white console with eight gigabytes of internal storage. The Wii U Deluxe Set is selling for $349.99 (£220) and among other extra features, holds a 32 GB internal storage.

Nintendo Co Ltd origins lie in Kyoto, Japan. In 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi began producing "Hanafuda" or flower Japanese playing cards.

Since 1983, the company has sold almost 2.4 billion video games and over 420 million hardware units worldwide.

Posted by Susan Ballion