Wii U Japanese pricing, release date announced

Earlier today, Nintendo announced the price and Japanese release date for its upcoming Wii U console. The new Nintendo gaming console will go on sale Dec. 8, and the base model will cost ¥26,250 (approximately $337 in U.S. currency) while a premium model will cost ¥31,500 ($408).

As noted by Polygon, the base model is more expensive than both the entry-level Xbox 360 and the cheapest PlayStation 3 in Japan. In Japan, the 4GB Xbox 360 costs ¥19,800 ($255), while the cheapest PlayStation 3 costs ¥24,980 ($322). The base Wii U model and premium model are primarily differentiated through their storage capacity and color – the base model comes in white and has 8GB of flash storage, and the premium console is black and has 32GB of flash storage. Additionally, the premium version will come bundled with an HDMI cable and charging stand for the Wii U's GamePad tablet controller.

Additional GamePad controllers can be purchased separately for ¥13,440 ($173). The standard, Xbox 360-like controller can also be purchased separately for ¥5,040 ($65).

In addition to the pricing and release date information, Nintendo gave a few basic specifications for some of the Wii U's components. The console will have 2GB of memory, 1GB of which will be for games and 1GB that will be for reserved for system memory. The discs utilized by the Wii U will come in a 25GB capacity, and the system will also be backwards-compatible with all the original Wii's accessories, including the Wiimote.

Nintendo of America will announce pricing and release date information for the United States at an event in New York later this morning. The company will also be announcing European pricing later today.

Sources: Kotaku, Polygon | Image via Kotaku

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World has changed since the Wii was released.
Casual gamers are happy to spend $2 to play a game on their phones. Will they still be interested in playing Wii games for $50 a pop in 2012?

Anthony Tosie said,

The Wii seems like it did pretty well for them...
Apparently the top selling console isn't relevant? Not sure how that works out but I haters always have some weird way of twisting the truth.

what we need to do is find the u.s and japan price for the wii and compare them to the japanese price for the wii u then you can work out a rough price for u.s Do the same with the U.K too. Anything over £200 will be tough to sell here i think as the specs are only supposed to be a little better than 360/ps3 which sell for 1/3rd less.

torrentthief said,
what we need to do is find the u.s and japan price for the wii and compare them to the japanese price for the wii u then you can work out a rough price for u.s Do the same with the U.K too. Anything over £200 will be tough to sell here i think as the specs are only supposed to be a little better than 360/ps3 which sell for 1/3rd less.

I wonder what the EU price will be...? The announced price for the Basic was $299 and the Premium was $349.

$299 for basic, $349 for Premium... ... Nintendo is pricing it too high... I think I'll stick with my PS3.. Notice the dead silence in the meeting room with that price announcement?

Actually converted it appears that the Wii-U base unit will be $250, and the Premium will be $300, which seems fair, but their console will fail if it's just as powerful as a PS3 and 360.

There are a few things I dislike about this console, 32GB of storage MAX? Compared to the 320GB of storage for 360 and PS3 units of the same price? ONLY 25GB of data storage on the disc, hopefully they can dual layer it or something?

The console appears to be on par with current gen consoles, which might be too late for Nintendo, considering that we're nearly at the end of this generation with the 720 (Manufacturing provided), should be out in 2013, and PS4 out in 2014 - 2015.

Edited by Azies, Sep 13 2012, 1:44pm :

Azies said,
Actually converted it appears that the Wii-U base unit will be $250, and the Premium will be $300, which seems fair, but their console will fail if it's just as powerful as a PS3 and 360.

There are a few things I dislike about this console, 32GB of storage MAX? Compared to the 320GB of storage for 360 and PS3 units of the same price? ONLY 25GB of data storage on the disc, hopefully they can dual layer it or something?

The console appears to be on par with current gen consoles, which might be too late for Nintendo, considering that we're nearly at the end of this generation with the 720 (Manufacturing provided), should be out in 2013, and PS4 out in 2014 - 2015.


What website are you using to convert? All the websites I use say the figures Polygon gave are accurate.

Anthony Tosie said,

What website are you using to convert? All the websites I use say the figures Polygon gave are accurate.

The pricing in the United States follows a pretty strict uniform, for instance..

$199

$249

$299

$399

$599 ....... ugh.. >_<

It's a personal calculation... either the Wii-U base will be $250, or $300.. it won't be an odd number calculated from the Yen. The number that you had in the piece IS accurately converted from the Yen to USD, but Nintendo of America will round it out a bit to make it fit that mold. The only time I've seen that sort of pricing was when they dropped the price of the 3DS from $250 to $169.

Azies said,

The pricing in the United States follows a pretty strict uniform, for instance..

$199

$249

$299

$399

$599 ....... ugh.. >_<

It's a personal calculation, I've never seen that sort of pricing... either the Wii-U base will be $250, or $300.. it won't be an odd number calculated from the Yen.


Ah, I thought you meant the literal conversion from the yen. Well, we'll find out in minutes!

Anthony Tosie said,

Ah, I thought you meant the literal conversion from the yen. Well, we'll find out in minutes!

Yes! I'll either be incredibly accurate in my pricing guess, or completely flat out wrong. haha

Azies said,
but their console will fail if it's just as powerful as a PS3 and 360.
How do you figure when the Wii sold better than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 despite being way less powerful that both systems. Nintendo games aren't focused on graphics the way Sony and Microsoft have been. It's not even a selling point with them. They target the more casual gamer and do it effectively. Power has nothing to do with if a Nintendo console will fail or not. It has already been proven with the Wii.

ILikeTobacco said,
How do you figure when the Wii sold better than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 despite being way less powerful that both systems. Nintendo games aren't focused on graphics the way Sony and Microsoft have been. It's not even a selling point with them. They target the more casual gamer and do it effectively. Power has nothing to do with if a Nintendo console will fail or not. It has already been proven with the Wii.

The original Wii had a fad factor to it, then the sales dropped off... There is nothing there other than the catering to first party fans (Zelda, Mario, etc.. ), to pull people away from already established consoles..

Azies said,

The original Wii had a fad factor to it, then the sales dropped off... There is nothing there other than the catering to first party fans (Zelda, Mario, etc.. ), to pull people away from already established consoles..

The sales never dropped off. To date, more Wii's have been sold that the other two console and continue to out sell them. The Wii started as a fad and then became a system everyone wanted. Please don't make up suppose sales trends when everyone here can simply go to Google and see for themselves that the Wii was a more popular device than Xbox and 360. It's a bit pointless.

ILikeTobacco said,
The sales never dropped off. To date, more Wii's have been sold that the other two console and continue to out sell them. The Wii started as a fad and then became a system everyone wanted. Please don't make up suppose sales trends when everyone here can simply go to Google and see for themselves that the Wii was a more popular device than Xbox and 360. It's a bit pointless.

Look at sales now, they dropped off.

Drossel said,
Way to expensive, if you ask me.

Given Nintendo's pricing history, that converts to just over $250, which is a good price frankly.