[Update] WiiU Information Released – US Details revealed

September 13, 2012

Nintendo/Ninty have been quite secretive about the Wii U console, yesterday the company announced the release date and other details:

  • Release Date(Japan) – December 8 2012
  • Models – Basic White 8GB/Premium Black 32GB
  • Price – ¥26,250 and ¥31,500, which translates using xe.com to £209/€261/$338  – £251/€314/$405
  • Media – Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm “proprietary high-density optical discs” (25 GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs.

The Premium Set comes with the Wii U console, the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U AC adapter, the Wii U GamePad AC Adapter and a HDMI cable. The Premium Set will also come with a Wii U stand and a GamePad stand.

Those who purchase the Premium Set will also get access to the Nintendo Network Premium service until December 2014 as well as a 500 Point Nintendo redemption code.

The Premium Set is in Black; however, the Basic Set is in White. It comes with the Wii U console, the GamePad, and cables.


Consumers wishing to buy an additional GamePad controller will have to pay 13,000 yen ($167; £104).

The device features a touchscreen offering players to ability to carry out in-game tasks, such as checking their inventory or setting an explosive, while the main action continues on their television. Gamers can also continue to play a title using the device when they do not have access to their main screen.

Nintendo has claimed it would help “revolutionise” gaming.

However, the gadget has been criticised for lacking multitouch – the ability to recognise different fingers on a hand.


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.


Nintendo Network Premium

The Nintendo Network is the Kyoto-based game company’s online service. It’s supposed to be free, but earlier this summer Nintendo said it could not promise that the network would always be free.

So what’s the Nintendo Network Premium? Is it a paid service, like PlayStation Network Plus?

From the sound of it, Nintendo Network Premium is actually a rewards program. If you are a Premium user and you purchase a game (or presumably DLC), you get 10 percent of your purchase in points that can be exchanged for a pre-paid redemption code to trade in for games or DLC.

Nintendo Network Premium will only be offered until December 2014. No word on how Wii U owners who buy the no frills “basic” version can join Nintendo Network Premium.


If you can understand Japanese, watch the Wii U presentation:

Or wait for the US presentation in one hour, 3PM GMT/BST aka UK time.
More information will be added once the EU conference is over :)
EU Conference At This Link(Click)

US Conference Results New York

  • Release Date(US) – November 18th 2012
  • Models – Basic White 8GB/Deluxe Black 32GB
  • Price – $299 and $349
  • Media – Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm “proprietary high-density optical discs” (25 GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs.
  • All Wii hardware devices compatible with Wii U
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