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Nintendo Wii U details and specs unveiled

Nintendo has announced that it is launching its next generation console, the Wii U, in Japan on December 8.

The firm’s president, Satoru Iwata, confirmed that the device will be available in both Premium and Basic packages, catering to both ends of the gaming market.

Gamers the world over will be keeping their fingers crossed that a release date for the US and European market’s will be hot on the heels of the Japan debut. Here’s what you can expect from the two configurations of the game.

Nintendo Wii U: Premium and Basic packages

The Premium set for the new console will come with 32GB of onboard storage for downloadable games, and comes in at a price point of around £252.

The package will include the Wii U console, the GamePad touchscreen controller, AC adapters for both pieces of hardware and an HDMI cable.

Membership of the “Nintendo Network Premium”, allowing players to get 10% discounts on any digital Wii U software they purchase, is also included.

The Basic package will come with 8GB of storage, and will set you back around £210. Nintendo America is expected to make an announcement today about the bundles it will offer with the Wii U console.

Nintendo Wii U specs and features

Live blog coverage of the Iwata’s streaming presentation revealed that the Wii U will have 1GB of RAM on board, giving faster loading times.

The Wii U will also include upgrades such as HD graphics, while it was confirmed that WiiWare and Virtual Console games can be moved from the Wii to the Wii U.

The two launch titles that will feature with the console are the New Super Mario Bros U and NintendoLand.

With so much on offer, the Wii U looks set to be a runaway success upon its release. We just hope it comes to the UK in time for Christmas.

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