What We Know About the Japanese Release of the Wii U

Nintendo Wii U Black Controller

In a few minutes, an event in New York will be taking place in which Nintendo of America will be revealing both the price and release date for its respective region. Nevertheless, Japan already had a similar event and this is what we know about the Wii U so far:

  • The machine will be released in forms: The Basic Set (which has 8GB of Flash Memory) will cost 26,250 yen ($337) and the Premium Set (which has 32GB of Flash Memory and is black) will cost 31,500 yen ($405.)
  • Buying a separate GamePad will cost you 13,440 yen ($172.) The console will support two at a time.
  • Some accessories were announced, including a stand.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U and NintendoLand will be both available at launch both digitally and in retail form. Their prices will be 6000 yen ($77) and 5000 yen ($64) respectively.
  • Some more technical details: the upcoming console supports 1080p, uses a GPGPU (whatever that is,) it uses 2GB of memory (1GB of system memory and 1GB of game memory,) Wii U game discs will hold up to 25GB.
  • The Nintendo Network Premium service was announced. Those who buy the 32GB Premium Set will get a 10% discount on digital releases.
  • The Wii U will be backwards compatible with the Wii.
  • The console will be out in Japan on December 8 this year.

In a few minutes we’ll have more details about the console, so stay tuned.