The Wii U will be available in two separate bundles when it launches in Japan.
Last night, Nintendo announced the Japanese launch date and price for the Wii U. Nintendo's next console will be available in Japan on December 8, arriving in two separate bundles: one priced at 26,250 yen, and a more expensive one for ¥31,500. Though the prices likely won't transfer exactly to US currency, that's about $338 for the basic bundle and $405 for the premium bundle.
The less expensive bundle includes a white Wii U console, one GamePad controller, an HDMI cable, and an 8GB hard drive. The pricier bundle has a black console and GamePad, an HDMI cable, a console stand, a GamePad charging dock, and a 32GB hard drive. The premium bundle will also have access to the Nintendo Network Premium service, which runs through December 2014. Those who subscribe will get eShop points and a 10% discount on digital purchases.
Additional GamePad controllers will cost ¥13,440, or about $173. New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will be launch titles, with the Japanese pricing at ¥6,000 ($77) and ¥5,000 ($64), respectively.
We'll have US launch information shortly when Nintendo's press conference kicks off in New York City.