Wii U gets Japanese price, release date

Nintendo have announced a set of prices and a release date for their next home video game console in Japan, the Wii U.

The console will be launching in the country on December 8 and will come in two different models; a "premium" set and a "basic" set.

The "premium" set will come with 32GB of flash memory while the "basic" set will only come with 8GB of flash memory. The "premium" bundle will set you back 31,500 while the "basic" set will cost 26,250. That would turn out to be a tad bit over $450 USD, but don't go thinking Nintendo's going to steal your money like that.

A stand alone Wii U Gamepad will cost Japanese gamers 13,440 yen, which turns out to be a share over $150 USD. Once again, you really shouldn't correlate the two just yet.

The "basic" set will come with a white Wii U console, a white Gamepad controller, an AC adapter, and one HDMI cable. The "premium" set will come with a black Wii U console, a black Gamepad controller, an AC adapter, a HDMI cable, a Gameplad dock, a console stand, and a two-year Nintendo Network Premium subscription runs through December 2014. A Nintendo Network Premium sub offers $.10 off every purchase.

We're going to get US and Europe pricing and release dates today at 10:00am EST.

Stay tuned!