The Wii U Japanese release date has been announced by Nintendo. The next-gen console will be out on December 8, 2012 in Japan.
We got the news straight from Nintendo's press conference in Japan, and while most of the info we learned was only relevant to Japanese markets, we were able to learn a little bit more about the system.
The Wii U will have 2GB of memory, 1GB for games and 1 GB for system memory. Its discs will have a 25GB capacity (not Blu-Ray) and it will be backwards compatible with the Wii. Additionally, the console will support all Wii accessories straight out of the box.
The console will launch in two bundles: Premium and Basic. The Premium bundle will come with a console, a controller, a HDMI cable, power cradles for your Wii U pad, a 32 GB HDD, and a subscription to Nintendo Network Premium which offers 10% discounts on downloadable software, while the Basic bundle will come with just the console, a controller, and an 8GB HDD. The price of the Premium bundle is 31,500 yen (roughly $400) and the Basic bundle is 26,250 (roughly $340).
Nintendo is holding a press conference at 7 AM PST on September 13, 2012 and we plan to learn more about the North American release date and price of the Wii U then.