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

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.

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.