Wii U: white Premium bundle headed to Japan, and more

Thursday, 30th May 2013 06:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo Japan has made a bunch of Wii U announcements today, starting with a new white Premium bundle, a larger battery for the Game Pad, a new Nintendo Land and Remote Plus bundle, and an new official charger.

The Wii U ordinarily comes in two flavours – a white Standard package, which includes an 8GB hard drive, and the Premium which has a 32 GB HDD but is black. The new offering, due in Japan on July 13, offers Premium purchasers the option of a white console and GamePad instead.

The company also announced a new battery for the Game Pad controller. The 2550mAh capacity pack lasts btween five and eight hours, and is a significant upgrade from the standard 1500mAh version bundled with the console. It will retail for ¥3,150 and releases on July 25.

Continuing its peripheral obsession, Nintendo has revealed an official Quick Charge Set for Wii Remotes, finally providing an answer to third-party manufacturer’s efforts in this area. As well as a battery pack and charging dock, the ¥4,200 bundle includes a WiiMote wrapper and strap. Plus, the charging cable is compatible with the 3DS. It will be available from July 13.

Finally, Nintendo Land will soon be available in a new bundle which includes a blue or pink WiiMote Plus. It’s priced at ¥5,985 but the controller is pretty essential to full enjoyment of the mini-game collection.

If any of these offerings are headed west, we’ll likely hear about it in the next few days directly from regional Nintendo representatives. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Vooks.



  1. mistermogul

    I’m pissed off Nintendo didn’t supply this bigger battery in the Gamepad in the first place.

    Nice one…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    The real troll is Nintendo taping a shitty, capacitive-touchscreen iPad to a console barely better than an shit360 and passing it off as “next-gen” while the serious console – you know the PS4, the ones that will support Unreal Engine 4 and Frostbite 3, and all the other game engines developers actually use – are talking about specifications an order of magnitude more powerful.

    And if you think that developers are going to bend over backwards to accommodate something half as sophisticated as the competition, by a platform creator whose consoles are well-known for only being profitable for themselves, then you’re fooling yourself.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. dreamcastnews

    ‘graphics make the game’ said nobody ever.

    Ever play retro games? Some of them have poor graphics, doesn’t stop them being any less enjoyable. Why does the Wii U need to be any better than it is? Everyone buys Nintendo consoles for 1st party anyway.

    Get over it dude, PS4 isn’t even out yet.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sini

    Yah they are, stop being enjoyable, about 5 minutes in, then those retro games get deleted from hard drive.
    graphics+gameplay or GTFO, it’s 2013.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. dreamcastnews

    Considering you’re a cheapskate who pirates games I’d expect a throwaway nature from you. I’ve bought every game I’ve play be it retro or otherwise.

    I assume you’ve never played Thomas was Alone? So shallow.

    #5 2 years ago

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