Today is Wii U Detail Blowout Day! Not one, two or three livestreams from the Big N but four! And, in addition to the Japanese show that just wrapped up, and the US and EU Directs running in tandem at 3pm BST, an additional Japanese Direct software showcase will be shown at the exact same time. Worst scheduling ever. I’ll be sticking to the EU show and hope a recorded version of the other two hits soon enough after. Anyways, as I say, the Japanese Direct just finished. In brief:
- Launches in Japan on Saturday, December 8th.
- Two packages, Home and Premium.
- Home will come with 8GB of flash memory and sell for 26,250 yen (£209 or $337).
- Premium will come with 32GB of memory and a 2-year subscription to Nintendo Network Premium which includes 10% off download titles. That’ll set Japanese gamers back 31,500 (£251/$405).
- Hardware wise you will get the console and an adapter, a GamePad and adapter and an HDMI cable. Charge and support standards for the Pad will be sold seperately.
- The console will have 2GB of memory, 1GB for the operating system and the other for games.
- New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land are confirmed first-party launch day titles.
- NSMBU will be the first Mario title to launch alongside a new home console since Super Mario 64.
- Nintendo Land will not be packaged with the platform (in Japan at least, although I hear they did the same with Wii Sports so not lost hope yet).
- NSMBU will cost 5,985 yen (£48//$77), NintendoLand 4,935 yen (£39/$66)
- Games discs will have 25GB of storage.
- The console can consume up to 75w of power, but should only need 45w.
- A second GamePad will set gamers back 13,440 yen (£107/$172).
- Pro Controller will retail for 5000 yen (£40/$64)
In things Nintendo felt they needed to repeat:
- Wii, VC and Wii Ware titles will be transferable.
- All Wii peripherals will work with the Wii U.
- Mario jumps with A. (But he does so promptly with no latency issues.)
Obviously the prices are unlikely to be directly converted to Pounds, Euros and Dollars, but that news will officially come this afternoon. For me to be lined up on day one, the Home version console needs to be, at the most, £229 and come with Nintendo Land bundled in.