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Wii U dual SKU - parts/price/game breakdown



Wii U Basic - ¥26,250

-White
-8 GB SSD
-Wii U Console
-Wii U Gamepad
-Wii U AC Adapter
-Wii U Gamepad AC Adapter
-HDMI Cable

Wii U Premium - ¥31,500

-Black
-32 GB SSD
-includes Nintendo Premium
-Wii U Console
-Wii U Gamepad
-Wii U AC Adapter
-Wii U Gamepad AC Adapter
-HDMI Cable
-Wii U Console Stand
-Wii U Gamepad Charging Dock
-Wii U Gamepad Stand

Controllers

GamePad – 13,440 yen (includes adapter)
Pro Controller – 5,040 yen

Accessories

GamePad stand – 315 yen
Charge and Play stand – 1,890 yen

Games

New Super Mario Bros. U – 5,985 yen
Nintendo Land – 4,935 yen

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13 Sep 2012 03:57

dinofan01 wrote:Really wish they would ditch the useless plastic coming with the premium version and give us a pro controller. Devs that are slow to transition to Wii U will want that as a default controller.


What says this won't happen for NA?? This is the Japanese one, wait to see if the SKU's are different for NA.

By the way, the 'extra plastic' is useful! I mean, that charging stand alone for the controller will be appreciated big time in my house.

My guess:
2 Sku's:

1. Basic (includes NintendoLand): $319
2. Premium (includes pro controller, 32 GB, and the extra plastic): $379
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13 Sep 2012 04:00

kinda surprised there's no wiimote+ in the bundle. hopefully there'll be a nintendo land/wiimote+ bundle coming westward.
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13 Sep 2012 04:02

@Koopzilla @Moldyclay I don't know, it might be something like $279 and $329.

NF wrote:
My guess:
2 Sku's:

1. Basic (includes NintendoLand): $279
2. Premium (includes pro controller, 32 GB, and the extra plastic): $329

I don't know if the Pro controller is that important, the gamepad does everything the Pro controller does. The Pro controller is only really needed for local multiplayer games like Madden and FIFA.
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13 Sep 2012 04:10

chris_the_wing wrote:@Koopzilla @Moldyclay I don't know, it might be something like $279 and $329.

Maybe, generally when I see prices in Yen I drop the first two numbers and that's your approximate dollar price, so $262, and $315. But, it seems they usually sell the stuff for a little cheaper here, so that's why I'm guessing $250 and $300.

lockNES wrote:
Koopzilla wrote:The price of the system seems pretty reasonable, but the price of the controllers (particularly the Pro Controller) seems pretty high to me. Looks like the games are going to be going up to $60 as well. I was kind of hoping they might switch that right analog stick and the abxy buttons positions but I was sure it wasn't going to happen this close to launch.

Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers have been about $50 new for a while. Maybe Nintendo saw that as a starting point. It's been a while since I got a Gamecube controller but I remember Wavebirds being pretty expensive for a while as well.

I may be wrong but I seem to remember Wavebirds being about $35. It is pretty much a wavebird controller without the thing that goes in the controller plug. I thought 360 and PS3 controllers were pretty expensive too. I miss the days of $20 controllers. :lol:
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13 Sep 2012 04:10

NF wrote:
dinofan01 wrote:Really wish they would ditch the useless plastic coming with the premium version and give us a pro controller. Devs that are slow to transition to Wii U will want that as a default controller.


What says this won't happen for NA?? This is the Japanese one, wait to see if the SKU's are different for NA.

By the way, the 'extra plastic' is useful! I mean, that charging stand alone for the controller will be appreciated big time in my house.

My guess:
2 Sku's:

1. Basic (includes NintendoLand): $319
2. Premium (includes pro controller, 32 GB, and the extra plastic): $379



Basic will likely be $250 like Wii before it. It's Premium where the price gets all "hardcore friendly"

$349 before tax on the Premium.
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13 Sep 2012 04:14

I'd think if NintendoLand comes bundled in NA it would be included in the Premium version and as a download to push Premium users to start downloading.
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13 Sep 2012 04:14

chris_the_wing wrote:@Koopzilla @Moldyclay I don't know, it might be something like $279 and $329.

NF wrote:
My guess:
2 Sku's:

1. Basic (includes NintendoLand): $279
2. Premium (includes pro controller, 32 GB, and the extra plastic): $329

I don't know if the Pro controller is that important, the gamepad does everything the Pro controller does. The Pro controller is only really needed for local multiplayer games like Madden and FIFA.


True, but Nintendo wants to appeal to the 'hardcore' folks in NA, so they might offer a Sku for them. I'm happy with the Japanese SKU's personally.

Oh, and now that Nintendo Network Premium means a 10% discount, then that means a cheaper NintendoLand (and NSMB U) for the Premium version if you download it. 10am can't come too soon!
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13 Sep 2012 04:15

My Dual sku's Mainstream White and Core Black units prediction was partially correct, then again NOA could always switch up whats in the SKU's anyway. Now to sleep until then!
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13 Sep 2012 04:19

Shaanyboi wrote:So what if you don't have an HDTV? Are there going to be component cables available?

Not that this is a problem I have, really. Shipping with HDMI? Fan-f***ing-tastic for me. Just wondering how they're planning on getting around an issue like that.


You mean composite, right?
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13 Sep 2012 04:46

MoldyClay wrote:
chris_the_wing wrote:The black one looks attractive for an extra $50, but is that going to be $300 & $350? Where's my $250 SKU.


Pretty sure these would translate back to $250 and $300 for us, even though it directly converts to higher than that.

So White for $250 and Black for $300.

But that would make Black only £186 roughly over in the UK, which is just £6 more than the Wii had been all those years. I really can't see that happening (as much as I'd like to).
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13 Sep 2012 04:56

MrChewtoy wrote:
MoldyClay wrote:
chris_the_wing wrote:The black one looks attractive for an extra $50, but is that going to be $300 & $350? Where's my $250 SKU.


Pretty sure these would translate back to $250 and $300 for us, even though it directly converts to higher than that.

So White for $250 and Black for $300.

But that would make Black only £186 roughly over in the UK, which is just £6 more than the Wii had been all those years. I really can't see that happening (as much as I'd like to).

Again, it'll convert to ~£250 and ~£300. They don't use direct exchange rates when deciding the RRP of products in different regions, it's to do with that nation's 'buying power' and the best way to estimate it with Nintendo consoles is just to take the same numbers and stick a different currency sign on them.
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13 Sep 2012 05:00

Why does the gamepad need an adapter? Won't it be able to connect with the console and charge from there, like the Dualshock3 does? LAME!
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13 Sep 2012 05:05

Only things I dislike is the amount of storage being different between the two different color skus :( I really wanted a white console, but with only 8 GB memory, I may have to think about this.....or just get an external HD for it.....waiting to see NA NOA event later!
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13 Sep 2012 05:45

@Chased

The Wii U GamePad is completely different from a PS3 controller.

It's practically a miniconsole/TV. Why wouldn't it have its own adapter?

@NF

Pro Controller is unnecessary. There's no reason to bundle it naturally.

And if ANY of the bundles have Nintendo Land, it'd be Premium.

@Koopzilla

Considering the fact that a Wii Remote+Nunchuk costs (or did cost? I dunno how much they are now) $60 ($40 for Remote, $20 for the Nunchuk) and it's $50 for a 360 controller, I don't know why it's that surprising that the Pro Controller would be in that price range.

Anyone that thought it was going to be the same as the Classic Controller (which is glorified plastic triggering actions from the remote) was kidding themselves.

As for the Game Pad, considering you don't even NEED a 2nd one, it's not even that big of a deal. They told us it'd be $100+ LAST YEAR.

And it's not going to cost nearly $200 in US, I am guessing $100-$130, tops.

Considering it acts as a mini/portable TV and potentially pre-loaded software, it's not that bizarre at how expensive it is.
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13 Sep 2012 06:07

Ok my N-sight is
Basic white $299.99
Premium black $349.99
Pro controller $49.99
Gamepad $119.99-$149.99
1st party titles MAY reach $64.99
chargestand $19.99-$24.99
Gamepad stand $14.99-$17.99

The launch date will determine how many SKU, Nov 11th would indicate 2 and Nov 18th would be 3 (less time=more choices) for those "hmmm, I dont knows" milling around retailer black friday debating a system purchase

I'll be getting the premium as long as it remains $349.99-389.99 (which I called over a YEAR AGO)
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13 Sep 2012 06:20

MoldyClay wrote:
@Koopzilla

Considering the fact that a Wii Remote+Nunchuk costs (or did cost? I dunno how much they are now) $60 ($40 for Remote, $20 for the Nunchuk) and it's $50 for a 360 controller, I don't know why it's that surprising that the Pro Controller would be in that price range.

Anyone that thought it was going to be the same as the Classic Controller (which is glorified plastic triggering actions from the remote) was kidding themselves.

As for the Game Pad, considering you don't even NEED a 2nd one, it's not even that big of a deal. They told us it'd be $100+ LAST YEAR.

And it's not going to cost nearly $200 in US, I am guessing $100-$130, tops.

Considering it acts as a mini/portable TV and potentially pre-loaded software, it's not that bizarre at how expensive it is.

I'm not really surprised that it's that much, I was just hoping it would be less. I wouldn't expect it to be as cheap as the classic controller at all. But I don't really think it's worth much more than $35 maybe $40. I don't see the tech involved being worth so much more than a wavebird controller, and the price of that should have come down after all these years. Honestly, I think the price of the Wii mote is fair but the nunchuck is grossly overpriced, I would think that should be like $10 tops, or maybe have the Wii remote include the nunchuck for like $45. It's not really that big of a deal, just my opinion is that it's on the expensive side.
The Gamepad I expected to be expensive considering what it is. I'm just saying it's expensive, not relly that it's not worth that much.
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13 Sep 2012 08:57

A 10% dicount on a $60 game is $6 off or $54 for a game. On a $5 NES Game it's .50 cents so $4.50. I think I'll just wait for Price Drops and used copies.

I really wanted the white one, but the black one sounds like the better deal. Unless I got the White one and use the other $50 to buy a 64 GB SD card. Plastic is pointless stuff I won't use. Guess I'll just wait and see what the North American bundles are like
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13 Sep 2012 09:20

Getting premium. The 32 GB card and the charging dock are worth the $50, the two stands are just extras. Pretty sure it will be $250 and $300 here, Japans prices are always a tiny bit more expensive than U.S.
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13 Sep 2012 09:37

dinofan01 wrote:Really wish they would ditch the useless plastic coming with the premium version and give us a pro controller. Devs that are slow to transition to Wii U will want that as a default controller.


Um, the gamepad is a Pro Controller, but with a touch screen, cam, motion etc...so ALL games can be played on it, regardless of control scheme. The pro only exists for those that want to feel like they are playing a ps3/360 game...but it really is pointless otherwise.
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13 Sep 2012 11:55

32 GB... man, I'll wait until the production cost of the WiiU goes down and the memory goes up to get a WiiU.

I can wait... that is, until Smash WiiU (2014-2017 release date, most likely) or Zelda WiiU (questionable release date) come out... :lol:
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13 Sep 2012 12:16

i'm going with the cheapest option , i'm sure i'll regret it but that's ok
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13 Sep 2012 13:03

kmc2482 wrote:Only things I dislike is the amount of storage being different between the two different color skus :( I really wanted a white console, but with only 8 GB memory, I may have to think about this.....or just get an external HD for it.....waiting to see NA NOA event later!

I imagine 8 GB could hold quite a few virtual console games, and 32 GB isn't going to get you very far if you want to download full retail games and/or big/lots of DLC. If you plan on getting a lot of downloads, you're probably going to have to go with an external HDD either way.
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13 Sep 2012 19:46

@MoldyClay

Because it sucks and it is way less convenient! Come on, I can't be the only one here believing this!
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14 Sep 2012 15:35

Frank wrote:it'll convert to ~£250 and ~£300.

Prediction bang on, lovely :)
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14 Sep 2012 17:03

Well, I was not expecting that extra $50, but I also wasn't expecting Nintendo Land and the rewards thing, so it evens out I guess. :wink:

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