Wii U models
Nintendo will launch with two Wii U models, a Basic and Deluxe model, retailing at $299 and $349, respectively. The main difference between the two is the internal flash storage (8 GB vs 32 GB), and the inclusion of a copy of Nintendo Land for the Deluxe model. Those looking to purchase Nintendo Land are getting a much better deal by buying the Deluxe version, which includes the game, plus some accessories, and 4X as much flash storage for games, downloads, and more.
It is possible that Nintendo will expand the lineup in the foreseeable future with more Wii U models and Wii U bundles with accessories, games, and other incentives to increase sales. However, the console will launch with only these two Wii U models.
Current Wii U models
There are currently two Wii U models, which will be available at launch. The white model, called “Basic”, includes everything needed to get started, while the “Dekuxe” model adds some accessories and a copy of Nintendo Land. Here’s is the breakdown of the two models:
Basic Wii U model
Comes in white only and includes: console, Wii U GamePad controller, AC adapters for the console and controller, and an HDMI cable. This model features 8 GB internal storage.
Deluxe Wii U model
Comes in black only and includes everything the Basic has, plus adds a console stand, a GamePad stand and charging station, and a copy of the Nintendo Land game. This model features 32 GB internal flash storage.
There is some difference between the Wii U models, depending on what region the console is sold in. In Japan, the Deluxe edition won’t include a copy of the game, instead, players will get a two-year premium version of Nintendo Network. While in Europe, Ubisoft’s ZombiU will be included with the Deluxe model instead of Nintendo Land.
Possible future Wii U models
Nintendo could arguably offer several Wii U models in the future, depending on how much internal flash or hard drive storage there is. Another way to differentiate the models would depend on what kind of accessories are included. Nintendo is also likely to offer different colors of the Wii U in the future, just as they have done with the original Wii console. The simplest things to do would be offer a Wii U model in black or white, but all things suggest that only the white model will be available at launch. It is also quite possible that Nintendo will bundle one of their first party titles like Wii U Play, in order to showcase the features of the console.
Wii U models in other colors
There is a great possibility of Wii U models in other colors than the white version that’s been revealed. However, it is unknown when and if Nintendo will introduce such models. Nintendo has previously introduced models of consoles, like offering a black Wii model after the original white model had been on the market for a few years. While it’s doubtful that we’ll have Wii U models in different colors in the beginning of the console life cycle. Nevertheless, here are some mock-up photos of the Wii U in other colors, in this case, a purple, red, and silver version of the console.