Nintendo Wii U Conference #1 Recap (Japan)

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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Today, Nintendo Co., Ltd. in Japan has announced crucial launch information for the upcoming Wii U console. Please keep in mind that this information should only be applied to the Japanese hardware, as many times PAL and NTSC-U regions have different launch dates, pricing, bundles, and available launch titles. You can look forward to the North American Press Conference to take place September 13, 2012 at 7:00 am (PT)/ 10:00 am (ET).


Special thanks to Cheesemeister for providing live English updates!

Details revealed:

Wii U Launch Date: Saturday, December 8th


Wii U Launch Price:

(Keep in mind that the exchange rate is not always an indicator of price in PAL/NTSC-U regions)

Black 32GB Premium: ¥31,500 (¥30,000 before tax)

White 8GB Basic Set: ¥26,250 (¥25,000 before tax).

New Super Mario Bros. U: ¥5985

Nintendo Land ¥4935

Pro Controller: ~¥5000 

Gamepad: ¥13,440


Hardware Information: Wii U supports full HD 1080p, uses a “GPGPU.” Main mem: 1 GB. System: 1 GB. Total: 2GB. 

Games use only 1 GB of main memory. System memory is for OS. Game discs 25 GB, 22.5 MB/s.

Ships with HDMI cable.

The Wii U consumes up to 75 watts of electricity. 

Typical power usage is 45 watts. Wii accessories can be used, as can Wii games. 

You can import your Virtual Console and Wii Ware games from the Wii. 

Headphone jack is on top of the Gamepad.

Plays games and video.

Low latency means you won’t feel lag while using the gamepad. 

Multiplayer is possible using a GamePad and several Wii remotes. Dual-screen play possible.

Play without the TV possible.

Miiverse is the system-level social network interface. Includes vertical stand.

Gamepad stand will be made available separately for Basic owners.

Both bundles include one Game Pad and AC adapters


Launch Games: 

New Super Mario Bros. U (both retail & digital on launch day)

Nintendo Land (standalone – not a pack-in)(both retail & digital on launch day)

More Wii U software will be showcased at 11 pm Japan Time


Misc. Details

Nintendo Network Premium provides points for purchases, 10% back on digital purchases. 

Nintendo Network Premium runs through 12/2014. Premium includes controller stands.

The Nintendo Network Premium discount point program is available only with the Wii U Premium Set. Aimed at heavy downloaders.


Special thanks to Cheesemeister for providing live English updates!

Official Press Release

  • This is still a huge step up from the PS3/360 and a Giant leap from the Wii’s 88MB + 3MB

    Not all games have to utilize the second screen I would guess. And that VRAM as long as the mem bandwidth/link isn’t weak will be put to good use!

    It’s 4X the amount of RAM available to the PS3’s GPU
    and 2X the amount of RAM available to the whole 360 +10MB eDRAM (Just the 1GB Game memory)

    This looks promising!

    Also: 25GB discs? Gotta be Blu-Ray. They should include movie playback on this!

  • Now time to wait and see what the pricing in America will be like….

    •  Probably not too different than the Japanese pricing. Hopefully lower.

    • Richard Ross

      Usually you see games priced lower in America than in Japan.  After all that’s why Persona 4 Arena was region locked….We’ll see though.

    • Keep in mind that the 3DS launched in Japan at 25,000 yen, that’s pretty much the cost of the Basic.

  • Lookin’ good.  I just need to know when pre-ordering starts in the USA.

  • Dan

    NoA will be better then this I think

  • 1GB System RAM plus 1GB used for the OS…not too bad at all. Not sure what makes a GPGPU special, but I think it has to do with how it calculates the instructions, how they’re executed….might need to look that one up. I’m surprised Nintendo released official specs.

  • Nintendo Land isn’t packaged with the system?  Then again, this is Japan.  Wii Sports was a standalone game in Japan, but came packaged with the system in other territories.  So it’s not unreasonable to suspect the same of Nintendo Land.  One thing’s for sure, there’s no way I’m wasting my money on that game save for when it sits with the console in a box.

    •  I don’t know.  I tried it at PAX, and it’s actually really fun.