wii u 1000x500 $299 Wii U gaming console represents a really strong value

According to Nintendo's Chief operating officer, Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii-U represents an excellent value as a gaming platform, and this won't be changing anytime soon.

According to Nintendo's Chief operating officer, Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii-U represents an excellent value as a gaming platform, and this won't be changing anytime soon.

Announced in 2011, the Wii-U has been pretty well anticipated by gamers as Nintendo's successor to the incredibly popular Wii gaming platform.

wii u 1000x500 $299 Wii U gaming console represents a really strong value
Wii-U GamePad w/console on the right

In the tradition of the Wii's unique gaming controllers, this new console features a tablet-like controller called the "Wii U GamePad", which integrates a camera, accelerometer, gyroscope and -most notably – a touchscreen that can even be used in place of a television display.

large $299 Wii U gaming console represents a really strong value
Wii-U GamePad

Despite the unique properties of the system, and the solid success of its predecessor, some wonder how the console will ultimately stack up in value against some other upcoming systems, such as the highly anticipated Xbox 720 and, as-of-yet unannounced, PlayStation 4.

This question is compounded by the Wii-U's starting price tag of $299. Although this is hardly unusual for a console, the value of the Wii-U as opposed to current and upcoming systems makes it worth asking whether gamers would rather buy a Wii-U with their Christmas money, or what they might consider a more powerful/hip system.

But Reggie Fils-Aime, chief operating officer at Nintendo, is quite sure that Nintendo will be offering a solid product worth its cost. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Aime said that the console "is a really strong value, and it's a value that's going to be strong for a long time."

Of course, who would expect him to say any differently? Ultimately, the question boils down to vox populi – the voice of the people. And the console will go on sale to the American public on Novemeber 18.

The console will be available in two versions: the $299 basic set, which includes the console, a single GamePad, sensor bar, and 8GB of onboard storage. A "Deluxe" set will also be available at $349, which includes the same offering as the basic set, with an additional charging stand, Nintendo Land game disc, and 32 GB on onboard storage.

Source: CNET