Wii U launch date set for December 8 in Japan

The Wii U will launch with 8 GB and 32GB of storage.

Nintendo has announced that the Wii U will launch in Japan on December 8, 2012 at a price of 26,250 yen for the basic model and 31,500 yen for the premium model.  This translates to roughly $336 and $406.  The basic model will come with 8 GB of internal storage while the premium model will be equipped with 32 GB of storage.  The Wii U will come with a single Game Pad controller.  An extra one can be purchased for 13, 00 yen or $168.

Wii owners will be able to transfer their WiiWare and Virtual Console games from the Wii to the Wii U.  Current owners of a Wii can continue to use their Wii Remote Plus, Wii Nunchuck, and Balance Board as the system will be backwards compatible.  However, the Wii U is unable to play GameCube games.

Mario fans will be excited to know that New Super Mario Bros. U will launch with the Wii U.  This is the first time since the Nintendo 64 was first released that a Mario game was available at launch.  Also available when the Wii U goes on sale will be a game called NintendoLand.

A North American and European release date and price is expected to be announced shortly.

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