Wii U hits Japan on December 8 with Premium (black, $405) and Basic (white, $338) editions. While the prices are steep, keep in mind that’s usually the case with Japanese products, and the system will likely be cheaper in the West — Nintendo is expected to announce U.S. and European pricing later this morning.
Along with the extra storage and accessories, the Premium configuration comes with “Nintendo Network Premium,” a loyalty program that gives you a 10 percent credit when you make digital purchases.
New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both be available at Japanese launch, though not bundled with the system — the Wii didn’t include Wii Sports when it launched in Japan either. You can buy a Wii U GamePad for ¥13,440 ($173), a GamePad charging stand for ¥1,870 ($24), and a Pro Controller for ¥5,040 ($65).
You can not only play your Wii games on Wii U, but also transfer your WiiWare and Virtual Console titles.
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