Wii U Comes Out In Japan On December 8

By Spencer . September 13, 2012 . 12:40am


Nintendo set December 8 as the release date for Wii U in Japan.


Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U were announced as launch titles. Nintendo didn’t say anything about Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, which they are publishing in North America. Perhaps, Tecmo Koei is handling the game in Japan?


The system will be sold in two bundles: 31,500 yen ($405) for a 32 GB premium Wii U and 26,250 yen ($337) for a 8 GB basic Wii U. The premium set includes membership to Nintendo Network premium until December 2014, 500 Nintendo Points, a system stand, a Wii U GamePad play stand, and a Wii U GamePad charging stand.


Both bundles include the Wii U gamepad, a HDMI cable to hook the system to a TV, and AC adapters (one for the console, one for the Wii U GamePad). Wii remotes, nunchucks, and the sensor bar needed to use these accessories are not part of the package. Want another Wii U GamePad? Those are sold separately for 13,440 yen ($172).

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  • WizardoftheBlueOrder

    To head off complaints/comments about the date, remember that the Wii released two weeks later in Japan. November 19, 2006 in the USA, December 2, 2006 in Japan. (Europe and AUS got it a week after that, hopefully NoE will step up their game for your guys in this instance.)

    I’m inclined to believe currently that we’ll be seeing the Wii U in the US in time for Black Friday, if the Wii is anything to go by.

    • ¬†Hopefully the Friday prior because a launch on that weekend would be horrific if you tried to buy in a store.

  • Anthony Black

    It says it comes with HDMI cables, but does it come with RCA cables for standard definition televisions?

    • Unfortunately, no. The Wii U has the Wii’s plug in for RGB or composite cables, so I guess you can use the one for Wii.

      • Anthony Black

         Ah, good thing I have a Wii then!

  • Testsubject909

    December 8 huh? I WOULD say that they’d get a lot of Christmas sales, but then I recall that Christmas in Japan is more akin to Valentines Day then it is our Christmas…


    • The holiday period in Japan does result in a pretty significant bump.

  • ninjabart122

    That’s a really expensive controller.

  • isfuturebright

    Looking preety good. I’m thinking of getting the black one at launch.

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