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Nintendo Wii U to be released in Japan on December 8

Amidst all the iPhone 5 frenzy, Nintendo has announced that it will be launching its highly anticipated Wii U console in Japan on December 8. The Wii U will be available in two models - Basic and Prem

Amidst all the iPhone 5 frenzy, Nintendo has announced that it will be launching its highly anticipated Wii U console in Japan on December 8. The Wii U will be available in two models – Basic and Premium – both of which will cost 26,250 Yen (Rs 18,000) and 31,500 Yen (Rs 22,452) respectively.

The premium set will have 32GB of onboard memory, a GamePad, two power adaptors and an HDMI cable. It will also come with the Nintendo Network Plus service that will offer 10 percent discounts on digital purchases. The Basic set in comparison will only have 8GB of onboard memory and a GamePad. Unlike its predecessor the Wii U is a High Definition console. It contains 2GB of RAM, 1GB for games and 1GB for system memory.

Originally unveiled at E3 2012, the Wii U polarized opinion amongst the press because of its radically new GamePad that attempts to change conventional gaming paradigms. The GamePad will also be sold as a stand-alone accessory for 13,440 Yen (Rs 9,580) and the Wii U Pro remotes will be sold for 5,040 Yen (Rs 3,592).

Two games, Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will debut alongside the Wii U in December. Of course the pricing and release of the console will vary internationally, but considering Nintendo does not have an official presence in India, it is highly unlikely that India will get the Wii U.

  • Published Date: September 13, 2012 2:12 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 13, 2012 2:37 PM IST