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Wii U to launch in Japan on December 8

Console will have 2GB of RAM, premium bundle priced at $400

Nintendo's new Wii U console will launch in Japan on December 8, with prices starting at „26,250 ($337/£210).

That is for the "basic" bundle, which includes a Wii U console with 8GB of onboard storage and a tablet controller. A "premium" bundle - which includes a 32GB Wii U console, an HDMI lead, and a tablet controller and power cradle - will retail for „31,500 ($405/£251).

The tablet controller will retail separately for the relatively high price of „13440 ($173/£107). A "pro" controller, which closely resembles an Xbox 360 pad, will be available for „5040 ($65/£40).

The Wii U console will have 2GB of RAM: 1GB for games and 1GB of system memory. Game discs will have 25GB capacity, and the system will be backwards compatible with all Wii games and peripherals out of the box.

The only launch titles confirmed by Nintendo in its live stream are New Super Mario Bros. And Nintendoland, though further announcements are expected at a separate, software-focused live event later today.

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Latest comments (12)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 4 years ago
I know Nintendo aren't in the power game when it comes to selling hardware - and I don't know much about a lot of hardware capabilities - but that all seems kinda low. I mean, 8GB of internal memory; are they taking the piss?! They'd better allow consumers to switch that themselves.

Anyway, I know it's irrelevant because with Nintendo more than any other videogame developer it's more about the software than the hardware. Hopefully and presumably they've got some good announcements to make at their software event, because I can't see many 'core' gamers being interested in NSMBU or Nintendo Land. I'd really like a new 'core gamer' IP or two to be made prominent next gen.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 4 years ago
Oh, and thanks guys for getting the 'Latest Comments' short cut up on the side!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Terrence, you can indeed increase the storage capacity either with SD cards or USB connected HDD's.
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Joćo Namorado Project Manager, Portugal Telecom4 years ago
8Gb???? That was too little when the 360 launched.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University4 years ago
I'd be surprised if they bothered with the basic model over here, but this is Nintendo we're talking about. I'd hope for the premium bundle with Nintendo Land at £250, but given exchange rates, that could easily be very close to £300.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
Daniel, if anything I'd say the cheaper bundle was a certainty due to the fact that it will be around the £200 in the UK which seems to be the mass market sweet spot.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University4 years ago
Patrick, you could be right. If I were Nintendo, and finances permitted it, I'd price the cheaper model at sub £200, possibly even £180 as the Wii launched, positioning the basic model as a 'budget', or at the least, inexpensive upgrade for families that own Wii. How you'd do that without a pack-in game, though, I don't know. I'd like to see Nintendo embrace digital here, and rather than providing physical copies of Nintendo Land (which only drives up costs), include a download code for the game with the system, encouraging adopters to get to grips with the eShop, and paving the way for Nintendo Land to function as a 'hub' game, or service, which can be updated through DLC.
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8GB is heaps. This is not the 360 where you need to pre-install games, or download huge demos. Its primarily for saving, and as a cache. As long as they have support for USB hard disks, all is good.

So.. no mention of pack-in titles?

Prices seem pretty much what I was expecting. The cheaper package is important from a marketing POV - so they can say "WiiU - from 26,000 Yen".

I'm a bit surprised the system has 1GB of RAM allocated - that seems an awful lot (unless its also to be used by games for caching, textures, etc). A 512MB/1.5GB split would have been nice.

I hope Australia gets the basic model for around $299, and the Pro for $399 (maybe with Nintendo Land added).
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University4 years ago
Michael, they may change how the RAM is allocated over time? The 1GB for operating system etc may be playing it on the safe side. It's also important to remember the Wii was never bundled with Wii Sports in Japan, unlike the West, and that Western prices of the 3DS XL have been roughly 15% below the Japanese price.
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Felix Leyendecker Senior 3D Artist, Crytek4 years ago
I kind of hoped the WiiU would have more ram than my phone :(
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John Pickford Owner, Zee 34 years ago
They don't do pack-in games in Japan. The western versions may yet have a pack-in game. Most likely Mario as NintendoLand is heavily multi-player oriented and there's no wiimote in the box.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers4 years ago
Oh, and thanks guys for getting the 'Latest Comments' short cut up on the side!
You're welcome! It was always on the radar for our tech guys and the editorial staff always wanted it back. Said tech guys came through - its all part of the slow evolution of the site.
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