Wii U Priced, 8GB Basic And 32GB Premium Versions Announced

By Spencer . September 13, 2012 . 12:24am

Update: Wii U comes out in North America on November 18th. The Basic Bundle costs $299.99 and the 32GB Deluxe is $349.99. Nintendo of America announced Nintendo Land as a pack in game for the Deluxe set in North America.

imageNintendo announced two Wii U packages in Japan. Both of them come with a Wii U, Wii U GamePad, Wii U AC adapter, Wii U GamePad AC adapter, and a HDMI cable.


The basic console is white and has 8GB of internal flash memory. The black premium set console has 32GB of memory.


The Wii U premium set also includes a console stand, Wii U GamePad stand set (charging + play), and Nintendo Network premium membership until December 2014. This gives you points for a 10% rebate points back on digital download software plus 500 Nintendo points to start off. You can redeem these points for additional digitally distributed content.


Neither console includes remotes, Wii Remote Plus, a sensor bar or a nunchuck. You can use the same accessories from your Wii or purchase a bundle pack with these items from Nintendo.


Wii U premium set is 31,500 yen (tax included) or US$405 and the basic set is 26,250 yen or US$337. Please note these are not the final prices for North America, Nintendo will likely release the Wii U at different price points for Europe and North America.

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  • Will buy after ZeldaU comes out and I hope there won’t be Operation Rainfall in order to get the RPG. And I’ll get the black one, black is sexy!!!

    • Testsubject909

      I’ll probably buy it if there’s a Ghost Trick sequel on it…

  • riceisnice

    A premium membership? Uh oh…

  • $30632660

    Thank god I was so wrong about the Nintendo Network “Premium” service.When I heard Iwata say those words, I felt like I was going to explode.It’s like a stripped down Playstation Plus.I thought it’d be like Xbox Live *shivers*

  • XypherCode

    For sure I’ll get the premium package. I’m guessing that’ll probably cost about more or less 300 bucks and that’s not bad. The Basic set is about 250 bucks in the US. Too bad Nintendo Land and Wiimotes aren’t bundled in. I guess I’ll use some of my old ones.

  • miyamoto

    Let the PS3 & 360 price drops begin!!!

    • Luna Kazemaru

       WiiU sales aren’t really going to effect them much lol.

    • Testsubject909

      I think you’re going to need to wait 6 months, a year or two for that.

    • Stranger On The Road

       A new PS3 is expected to be announced in TGS, one of the rumors have the new console being a lot cheaper then the current one, with one of the them is having 16GB of flash memory!

      just rumors mind you, we will see next week.

      •  Not sure why that would affect anything, who doesn’t have a PS3?

        • SantiagodelosSantos

          Lots of people? 

  • $30632660

    All I need is a good looking rpg announced within the Launch Window for US.

    And no, not Mass Effect, I want a NEW game.

    • Testsubject909

      Considering the gamepad.

      A good RPG. A good SRPG. A good RTS. A good puzzle game. A Fatal Frame game. And a good action game.

  • Testsubject909

    I am quite honestly surprised that the Wii U Gamepad is actually included.

    No. Seriously. I am.

    From what I had seen from earlier news and from E3, it seemed as though the Gamepad was mainly thought of as an alternative control scheme while the Wiimotes were still going to remain mainstay controllers, after all, the Wii U can use 4 Wiimotes but only 2 Gamepads and most games seemed to focus on using the Wiimotes first and Gamepad second or in what some call Girlfriend Coop mode.

    So overall. I’m quite surprised…

    I can’t say anything about the prices though, because I don’t know what’s an average price for consoles in Japan.

    • malek86

      Wait, you really thought that? I mean, their entire E3 2011 was focused on the controller (to the point people almost thought it was just a new peripheral for the Wii). It was pretty obvious they were gonna have one included.

      • Testsubject909

        Yeah, I really thought that.

        From what I had gathered, it really felt to me like the Gamepad wasn’t the focus. But that’s just me… I know they wanted to push the gamepad and all, but I didn’t GET the feeling it was something primordial. It’s especially the part about how you can only have 2 Gamepads on that drove that feeling home for me I guess.

        All the neat extra stuff from the gamepad really felt like it was just extra. Like premium membership or something.

        But then again, I didn’t view the entirety of the E3 presentations. Some of them kinda bored me and I stopped paying attention, and Nintendo’s to me was a bit lackluster so I stopped giving it my full attention.

    • Herok♞

       Well I think the reason up to 4 wiimotes can go at one is because they are alot less demanding then the gamepad.

    •  its not expensive for a console in japan, par for the course.

    • SantiagodelosSantos

      It’s an essential part of the system, i don’t see why they wouldn’t put the controller in. That’s like shipping a ps3 without a dual shock controller, or a wii without a wii mote, or a vita without a memor…err i mean a 360 without a 360 controller 

      • Testsubject909

        No, you don’t get it.

        From what I’ve seen. It SEEMS to me that most games were made with the Wiimote primarily and the Gamepad secondarily.

        Meaning, from my perspective, it seems to me the Wiimote is more important. I would’ve figured a package with the Gamepad would’ve been the alternative one, made under the assumption that not everyone owned a Wii or had Wiimotes.

        But hey, whatever right?

        edit: Also, you can play games on your Vita without a memory card. Your examples failed at that point, but I get what you wanted to say about the Vita. And really it’s a non-issue most of the time as many deals have been made and have passed by where it was extremely easy to get a memory card in, some deals also got you two games with the Vita.

        But hey, critique away. I’m doing the same, so I’m not going to stop you, just going to put my two cent in return is all.

  • kool_cid414

    I’ll get it asap and then wait for some rpgs. Also, new non port games.

  • zweii

    Weird. No headsets to either SKU? I thought that should be standard by about this new gen.

    So is voice chat going to be done solely with the controller? Cross game chat?

    • No headsets were announced, but the Wii U GamePad has a built in mic so you can talk through that. 

      • zweii

        That’s what I thought. 
        Can you ask about the Nintendo Premium? They make it sound like the 10% discount is tied to the black sku and the white won’t get it as an future option.

        • malek86

          In fact, I think they said Nintendo Premium will only be available to Premium buyers, and there will be no other way to enter.

  • Stranger On The Road

    why the AC adapter? Didn’t they learn from Sony, not having a separate AC adapter for the PS3 was convenient! And they actually have 2 of them no less! The GamePad should have been recharged from a standard USB port, another lesson that they should have learned from Sony.

    Just my feedback (even though it is late)

    any way, any word yet on whether it is regional locked or not?

    • No news about region locking, but usually Nintendo consoles are region locked. If you look at recent history… Gamecube (locked), Wii (locked), 3DS (locked) I’d bet that Wii U is locked. Total speculation on my side, this isn’t a confirmation at all.

      • ronin4life

        The others home consoles were region locked too. Just poorly.

    • malek86

      Not much to say about the console adapter (in the end you are gonna put it behind the TV and forget about it). As for the gamepad, I kinda agree there. It’s annoying when hardware developers don’t adhere to standards.

      No word on region locking yet, but I’m expecting it to be fully implemented on both hardware and software.

  • Raiyu

    Have to see the game line up before I think about getting the base model.

  • epy

    So maybe 350 for the Premium version in NA? If its region free, you’ve got a deal.

    • Xerain

       The odds of any given company releasing a region free device fall along with the USD. Especially from Nintendo, who’s not known for region free home consoles, anf just started region locking their hand helds.

  • 30,000 yen = 300 Euro = $300 (not literally, but that’s what it will cost)

  • leeorv

    an AC Adapter for the controller? what a horrible idea. why can’t it charge by connecting to the console?

  • TheDarkEmpress


  • My have to get myself a Wii U, maybe not at launch but will have to get one especially with how well they’ll implement the gamepad with RPGs. 

  • Alexander Aubert

    i’m still wating for a great rpg game

    •  no disrespect but what does that have to do with this story ?

  • Shane Guidaboni

    That’s an acceptable price.

    • Freud_Hater

      …405 bucks is an acceptable price? On what planet do you live?

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        It’ll probably be $100 cheaper for us. Thats acceptable for the Japanese.

  • SirRichard

    So that’s an interesting tidbit: there are “Premium Nintendo Network” memberships, presumably more or less like PS+ but on a wider scale (because it mentions a general 10% discount instead of specifics).

    While the premium set’s price seems a bit steep, I’d be more inclined to get it for the 32GB storage.

  • Nitraion

    Okay if the starting price is like that i want to see price drop first :p
    also i wanna to look game library first i never buy a nintendo console before
    and how nintendo network work is it like Xbox(pay) or PSN(free) ?

    • SantiagodelosSantos

      It’s probably going to be $250-$300 in the states, which, seeing as it’s a next gen console, seems like a great price to me.
      Nintendo network is free, there is a Nintendo premium though. That’s also free for people who buy the premium package

      • Nitraion

        $250 brand new console is so cheap lol XD
        though i hate region locking…
        hmm it’s even cheaper than Vita…

  • Giving that games and hardware are expensive in Japan I’m sure it would be much cheaper in US and EU compare to Japan. I’ll wait for EU price before deciding At the moment I’m not so interested in this so I’ll probably buy it much later after release.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Considering this the price for Japanese region, i have feeling that for U.S region or Europe it is going to be cheaper there.^_^ So……. no prob.^_^

  • ShawnOtakuSomething
  • ronin4life

    Did anyone else notice the monster hunter reference?

    • SantiagodelosSantos

      …No? Was there one?

      • ronin4life

        Kind of…
        A sample image of a MonHun like game was used when explaining the usage of the tablet for things like removing screen clutter and multiplayer communication.
        I personally see it as a tip… but perhaps I’m reading into it a bit much… ^_^;;

  • ZEROthefirst

    If it wasn’t for the fact that things always cost more in Japan I’d be worried that I would have to spend a bit of money, although I probably will end up spending that amount of money at some point for import games (assuming the WiiU is like every other Nintendo home console and is region locked).

  • so im guessing…maybe $250 for standard wii U and $300 for premium in the US?

    • That’s what I would have hoped.  

    • S

      300 basic 350 for premium

  • キロ

    This may sound like a dumb question; but does it come with AV component cables or just HDMI? I missed the presentation so I do not know…

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      HDMI cabels ,the AV cabels you have to buy or use your wii one 

      • キロ

         Oh okay…well if the Wii one works then I am happy. ^^ Thank you!

  • MrJechgo

    Meh… gonna wait for them to put a bigger hard drive, 32 GB seems rather small.

    • PreyMantis

      You know that you can use an external hard drive, right?

      • Testsubject909

        Preferably, for heating issue and whatnot, you get an external hard drive that has it’s own energy source outside of the USB that connects to the other piece of hardware, so that’s a bit of extra cord and extra space to set for your gaming center or area for your games.

        Additionally, while true that external HDD are getting cheap, internal HDD are cheaper. Which is to say, are they using proprietary internal hard drives? We all know how people reacted to the Vita using those.

        PS. Notice I didn’t really add anything pertaining to your conversation but just went on my own corner there… That’s basically because I’m just saying stuff on the side, extra stuff to consider. So feel free to skip me over if ya want.

      • S

        The Wii U has a internal SSD, currently 8gb or 32gb.  It will be able to use SD cards as well.

  • idofgrahf

    I’m guessing anywhere between 250-300 or 300-350 for the console, not going to buy it on launch date because of what Nintendo did with the 3DS, that and I want to see what Sony and Microsoft is cooking up, I doubt Sony will make the same mistake of launching the PS4 at 500-600 bucks. 

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Considering the price the PSV was launched at (and that they refuse to lower at least this year), I wouldn’t be so sure about Sony~.

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        They will lower the price when they find away to release a slim Vita with small more inexpensive parts.

      • Testsubject909

        The PSVita launched THIS YEAR…

        They WON’T be reducing the price until at least… at the VERY LEAST a year…

        Wait in 2013, maybe Q2. They might have a price drop from then onward. Maybe if you’re lucky in Q1.

    • S

      Sadly MS and Sony wont be releasing their systems for at least a year, most likely early 2014 at best.  So they wont have any reason to drop their prices.  They have a long time to rake in the money before the competition rolls out their next system.  We’ll be lucky if they even drop $50 in the next year. But good thing is they are working on tech that will make the Wii U look so outdated.  So for now the Wii U is your only next gen choice.

  • Darkrise

    Yeah I knew it, I’m going to be waiting for a LOOOONG time. Probably 2-4 years till I buy it.

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