Nintendo just announced some big Wii U news for the Japanese market. The console will launch on December 8, 2012 in Japan in two different Wii U models, priced from around 22,000 Yen to around 30,000 Yen. The Wii U will come in two SKUs: one with 8 GB internal flash storage, and one with 32 GB flash storage. The “Premium” 32 GB will also include some accessories such as GamePad stands. Both SKUs will include all necessary cables, including HDMI. The Premium 32 GB version will also include a 10% discount for all downloadable software and games, as part of the new Nintendo Network Premium (more on that in a little bit).
Wii U pricing in Japan
Premium, 32 GB model: 31,500 Yen, or $405 USD
Regular, 8 GB model: 22,000 Yen, or $335 USD
Wii U GamePad price: 13,500 Yen, or $170 USD
Wii U Pro controller: 5000 Yen, or $65 USD
Now, these prices won’t necessarily translate directly into USD, as it’s almost certain that prices in North America will be cheaper than in Japan. Both New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land will be available at launch. Nintendo thereby confirmed that Nintendo Land won’t be bundled with the Wii U and will be sold separately. No news about Pikmin 3, though.
Nintendo also revealed some accessories as well, including stands different for the GamePad controller. Some of these will be included with the Premium 32 GB Wii U model.
Nintendo Network Premium
Nintendo also took the opportunity to announce the Nintendo Network Premium version, which will include 10% discount on software. Those purchasing the 32 GB Premium model will get 2 years worth of Nintendo Network Premium, as far as we can tell. It’s unknown whether Nintendo Network Premium can be purchased separately, or if its only part of the Premium bundle. Tomorrow, Nintendo will likely elaborate on much of this during the main Wii U event in New York.